07 May 2020
Icelandic Met Office Centenary
Issued on: 2020-05-07
Size: 50 x 28 mm
Perforation: Die Cut14½
Printing: Offset lithography
Denomination: 50g Innanlands (face value ISKr 195 on day of issue)
691A Centenary of the Icelandic Met Office. Founded 1 January 1920. 50g domestic (195 ISK)
Icelandic Meteorological Office (Veðurstofa Íslands) is Iceland’s national weather service and as such a government agency under the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. It is also active in volcano monitoring, especially volcano seismology, and, together with other institutions, responsible for civil protection in Iceland
“The research focus of IMO is on weather and climate, atmospheric processes, glacier and avalanche studies, hydrological systems, earthquake and volcanic processes and geohazards. IMO also focuses on research in multi-parameter geophysical monitoring to develop more accurate forecasts of hazardous events. IMO has participated in several European and Nordic funded research projects, having the role of lead partner in many of them.” An example is the FUTUREVOLC-Project.
IMO was founded on 1 January 1920 as a solely meteorological institute. Til in 1925, it was part of another institution (Löggildingarstofa). Since then, it is an independent institution under the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
From 2009 on, the Institution for Hydrology (Vatnamælingar) was integrated into IMO.
80 years after foundation, in the year 2000, a book was published about the history of the Icelandic Met Office (Hilmar Garðarsson: Saga Veðurstofu Íslands), 100 years after foundation, in 2020, a statue was erected for IMO.