The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMI) is a state organization that compiles, stores, interprets and provides expert information in the fields of air quality, hydrology, water quality, climatology and meteorology for the state administration, the private sector and the public in the Czech Republic.
The CHMI core activities are as follows:
- Integrate the performance of public service in a rational, efficient and economical manner;
- Establish and operate national monitoring and observation networks for monitoring the condition of the atmosphere and hydrosphere in qualitative and quantitative terms and the causes underlying the pollution thereof or damage thereto;
- Create and manage databases of data on the condition and quality of the air and on sources of air pollution, and on the quantity and quality of water, within the meaning of the EC acquis and international agreements;
- Provide operating information about the condition of the atmosphere and hydrosphere, and forecasts and warnings alerting to dangerous hydrometeorological phenomena;
- Technological development of monitoring equipment and ICT;
- Scientific and research activities in the respective disciplines, including design activities.
The CHMI has recently realized several research projects focused on
- Refinement of more accurate regional forecasts of extreme and dangerous weather and hydrological phenomena and identification of suitable procedures for mitigating the risks of crisis situations caused by long-lasting drought;
- Improvement and development new methods for assessing and modelling surface and groundwater quantity and quality;
- Advancement of dispersion modelling and methods for emission balance processing and for air quality assessment;
- Improvement and development of the ALADIN-CLIMATE CZ model for estimating the possible climate development;
- Utilization of new remote sensing technologies in satellite and radar meteorology and their use for atmosphere monitoring and modelling.