KENYA METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT PROFILE
The present Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) started as a small colonial service for East Africa way back in 1929, called the British East African Meteorological Service (BEAMS), to provide meteorological and climatological services to various sectors of the economy.
In 1948, the British East African Meteorological Service became a department within the British East African High Commission and was named the East African Meteorological Department (EAMD). In 1964, EAMD was placed under the newly established East African Community (EAC).Following the break-up of the Community in 1977, all the common services collapsed and their functions were transferred to the jurisdiction of the respective Partner States of the former Community. In Kenya, the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) was established and became a department of the Ministry of Power and Communications.
From 1977 to date, KMD’s channel of communication with the Government has changed hands from the Ministries of Power and Communications to Transport and Communications; Information, Transport and Communications; Transport and finally to the present Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources
Mandate: The mandate of the Kenya Meteorological Department is the provision of Meteorological information and services for the safety of life, protection of property and conservation of the natural environment to ensure sustainable development of the nation.
Vision: Aspiring to Become a Leading, World Class Operational Forecasting Centre and Scientific Institution that Provides Optimum Contribution to Improved Quality of Life
Mission: To Facilitate Accessible Meteorological Information and Services and Infusion of Scientific Knowledge to Spur Socio-economic Growth and Development
CORE FUNCTIONS OF THE KENYA METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT
The following are the Core functions of The Kenya Meteorological Department:-
- Issuance of weather forecasts and early warnings for application in various socio-economic sectors;
- Issuance of Tsunami alerts, advisories and warnings;
- Monitoring and detection of pollution in the atmosphere over Kenya;
- Maintenance, expansion and inspection of National Meteorological and Tsunami Observation Network;
- Calibration, design, development and fabrication of conventional meteorological equipment;
- Monitoring, Analysis, detection and prediction of weather and climate including the improvement of accuracy and timeliness of predictions;
- Improvement of the transmission and exchange systems for meteorological information nationally, regionally and globally;
- Enhancement of research and development particularly in applied meteorology, operational hydrology, physical and marine oceanography including operational research in related geo-sciences;
- Development of archival systems for long-term climatological records;
- Fulfillment of national, regional and international obligations under various conventions such as WMO, ICAO, IOC/UNESCO, IMO, JCOMM etc;
- Playing its role in scientific assessment of climate and climate change under the Agenda of IPCC and UNFCCC conventions and protocols;
- Maintain a National Meteorological library for Education, training and Research;
- Training and Research at IMTR;
- Provision of consultancy services to the public on meteorology; and
- Fulfillment of such other climate and weather related national, regional and international obligations as may be mandated.
- Weather forecas
- Seasonal forecasts
Kenya Meteorological Department,
Dagoretti Corner,Ngong Road,
P. O. Box 30259, 00100 GPO Nairobi.