Deutscher Wetterdienst

Orientation & Geography

Europe, Germany, Offenbach am Main

The Deutscher Wetterdienst, German pronunciation: [ˌdɔ͜ʏʧɐ̯ ˈvɛtɐ̯diːnst], commonly abbreviated as DWD, (translated from German as German Meteorological Service), residing in Offenbach am Main, Germany, is a scientific agency that monitors weather and meteorological conditions over Germany and offers weather services for the general public as well as specific services for e.g. nautical, aviational or agricultural purposes. Organizationally, it lies within the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (Germany). The DWDs main task is to warn against weather related dangers, as well as monitoring and rating changes in the German climate. The organization runs atmospheric models on their own supercomputer to help in the task of weather forecasting. The DWD is also responsible for running the national clime archive and runs one of the biggest libraries worldwide that is specialized on weather and climate.