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370010 - 373030
(was 1700 - 1703)
Veðurstofa Íslands
Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO)
Bústaðavegur 7-9, 150 Reykjavik, Iceland

Telephone : (+ 354) 522 6000
Telefax : (+ 354) 522 6001
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Director: Árni Snorrason
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About the Icelandic Meteorological Office


The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) is a public institution under the auspices of the  Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, historically based on the Icelandic Meteorological Office (1920) and the Icelandic Hydrological Survey (1948). The two institutions merged in 2009, with the responsibility of monitoring natural hazards in Iceland and conducting research in related fields, as well as participating in international monitoring and research. IMO has a staff of 130 people, of which 60 staff members work on research-related activities.

The main purpose of IMO is to contribute towards increased security and efficiency in society by:

IMO‘s nationwide monitoring systems consist of 115 automatic and 100 manned weather stations, a network of 170 hydrological gauges in rivers, a 55-station seismic network (SIL) with automatic, real-time data acquisition and earthquake location, a continuous GPS (ISGPS) network of 70 stations, some with high sample rate, a 5-station borehole strain meter network is operated in southern Iceland, and a weather radar, which can also monitor volcanic plumes, is located in south-western Iceland. In addition, IMO conducts extensive manned monitoring of glacial rivers and sub-glacial floods (jökulhlaup), of glacier mass balance and margin positions and participates in nationwide GPS campaign measurements.


Sara Barsotti: Coordinator for volcanic hazard monitoring and forecasting
Melissa Anne Pfeffer: Atmospheric volcanologist
Kristín Jónsdóttir: Coordinator of earthquake monitoring

Veðurstofa Íslands | Icelandic Met Office
Bústaðavegur 7-9, 150 Reykjavík
Sími +354 522 6000 |

Updated: 31 Jan 2014

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