Arctic cooperation
Iceland covered by snow
Iceland covered by snow.

Arctic cooperation

A list of current and completed projects

The Icelandic Meteorological Office, IMO, cooperates with many agencies in related fields, both within and outside Iceland, and also with international organizations, including the WMO (World Meteorological Organization), which in many cases relates to Arctic issues.

The cooperation includes active participation in:

  • EC-PORS (Panel of Experts on Polar Observations, Research and Services)
  • Arctic-HYDRA (The Arctic Hydro Logical Cycle; Monitoring and Assessment Program)
  • GCW (Global Cryosphere Watch)

Furthermore, IMO experts take part in various workshops of:

  • IASC (International Arctic Science Committee)
  • other Arctic-related committees and working groups.


IMO monitoring and research projects (see left for links) generally have an Arctic dimension to them. With ongoing environmental changes, long term time-series from IMO monitoring are becoming increasingly important. These include time series of  weather-related factors, such as temperature, rainfall, air pressure and solar and cloud cover, time-series on  hydrology,  glaciology, sea-ice condition, earthquakes, floods, ice and sediment load in rivers. These data are extremely important for providing a benchmark for assessing ongoing changes in the Arctic region.

The IMO leads and/or participates in numerous research projects, both domestic and foreign, whereof several are related to the Arctic in one way or another.

Links (above, left) give examples of such projects. See also specific web-sites of other projects.

About the institution

The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) is a public institution under the auspices of the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources. The role of the IMO is to contribute towards to public safety, the safeguarding of property, societal efficiency, sustainable use of natural resources and to conduct research in fields within it's purview. The IMO monitors the air, the land and the ocean, evaluates, analyses and interprets data, provides services to users and disseminates relevant information and warnings to the public.  IMO responsibilities include the fields of meteorology,  hydrology, glaciology, climatology, seismology and volcanology, and staff are involved in projects relating to  natural hazards, such as volcanic ash, extreme weather and flooding.

The IMO's headquarters are in Reykjavik but other offices are in Ísafjörður and at the international airport in Keflavík. IMO has a staff of 130 people, in addition to about 120 people who work on research-related activities all around Iceland.

Further information can be found on the institute, its mission and responsibilities.


The IMO's web-site provides comprehensive information in real-time on the weather i.e. temperature, winds and precipitation as well as notices, documents, reports, research papers, news, literature and promotional materials relating to the institution.

The IMO is in cooperation with the Icelandic Civil Protection System in notifications of natural disasters, crisis and risk assessment, in order to improve public safety and property. The web is available in both Icelandic and English.

Related workshops and conferences

Arctic Rediscovery Project, IASC 2013


Jórunn Harðardóttir, Managing Director, Department of Processing and Research

Halldór Björnsson, Head of Climate Research

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