Finnish Meteorological Institute

The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is a research and service agency under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, with its main office in Helsinki. Its main objective is providing information in the form of weather data and forecasts and ensuring public safety in the face of hazards. Approximately 680 employees work at FMI at the moment. Its budget was €72.4 million in 2016.

Apart from FMI’s Weather and Safety division, its Research and Development division covers research in meteorology, air quality, climate change, earth observation, and marine and Arctic research areas.

FMI’s sub-division Climate research focuses on the three areas atmospheric and ocean modelling, carbon cycle modelling and remote sensing of aerosols and clouds. The objective of the Climate Service Centre is to conduct weather, climate and socio-economic research to support adaptation. The Atmospheric Composition research unit studies aerosols and trace gases affecting the climate and air quality. Atmospheric modelling and polar meteorology are among the four research topics of the Meteorology research group. The Marine Research Unit studies physical oceanography, sea ice, and sea level. The focus of the Earth Observation programme is satellite-based remote sensing. Finally, the Arctic Research division, including a research centre north of the Arctic Circle, focuses on polar ozone and Arctic snow coverage.

Collaborative Programmes

FMI is active in the following ECRA Collaborative Programmes:
Arctic Climate Stability and Change
High Impact Events and Climate Change


For the following research areas, overviews of projects are available at FMI’s website:


Observation stations (>400)

Remote sensing (radars, satellites)

Arctic Research Centre (ARC) at Sodankylä

Atmospheric Research Centre of Eastern Finland

Finnish Marine Research Infrastructure (FINMARI)


Ari Laaksonen
Head of Unit Climate Research


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