World Meteorological Organization

Purpose of the World Meteorological Organization

What is the TCP?

The Tropical Cyclone Programme is a part of WMO’s Weather and Disaster Risk Reduction Services Department tasked to establish national and regionally coordinated systems to ensure that the loss of life and damage caused by tropical cyclones are reduced to a minimum.

How does it work?

The programme is effected on both national and regional levels through cooperative action. It covers activities of Members, WMO regional associations, other international and regional bodies and the WMO Secretariat.

Objectives

TCP’s Vision

…that the national and regionally coordinated systems that it had helped establish will ensure that the loss of life and damage caused by tropical cyclones are reduced to a minimum.

TCP’s goals are to encourage and assist its Members to:

provide reliable forecasts of tropical cyclone tracks and intensities, and related forecasts of strong winds, quantitative forecasts and timely assessments of heavy rainfall, quantitative forecasts and simulation of storm surges, along with timely warnings covering all tropical cyclone-prone areas;

  • provide forecasts of floods associated with tropical cyclones;
  • promote awareness to warnings and carry out activities at the interface between the warning systems and the users of warnings, including public information, education and awareness;
  • provide the required basic meteorological and hydrological data and advice to support hazard assessment and risk evaluation of tropical cyclone disasters; and
  • establish national disaster preparedness and prevention measures.

Contact at WMO Secretariat

Mr Taoyong PENG – Chief
Tel.: +(41 22) 730 8145
E-mail: tpeng@wmo.int

Ms Anne-Claire FONTAN – Scientific Officer
Tel.: +(41 22) 730 8151
E-mail: acfontan@wmo.int

Ms Catherine BIHUTE – Senior Secretary
Tel.: +(41 22) 730 8054
E-mail: cbihute@wmo.int

Tropical Cyclone Programme (TCP)
Weather and Disaster Risk Reduction Services Department (WDS)
World Meteorological Organization
7 bis, rue de la Paix
PO Box 2300
CH-1211 Geneva 2
SWITZERLAND

Fax :    +(41 22)  730 8128
+(41 22)  730 8021