The Institute for Meteorological Training and Research (IMTR) is a branch of the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) under the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (ME&F), charged with the responsibility of training personnel in meteorology, hydrology and related geo-sciences in the country and the Anglophone countries in Africa. The Institute was established in 1964. A year later, 1965 it was upgraded to the status of the World Meteorological Organization Regional Training Centre (WMO-RTC) for the Anglophone Africa. There are only 23 such training centres in the world including eight in Africa. IMTR WMO/RTC is regarded as a Centre of Excellence for African Satellite Meteorology Education and Training (ASMET) as well as a member of the WMO/CGMS (Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites) Virtual Laboratory (VLab). The WMO RTC-Nairobi, generally referred to as the Institute for Meteorological Training and Research (IMTR), has two components:
- The Institute for Meteorological Training and Research (IMTR) located on the grounds of the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD)
- The University of Nairobi, College of Biological and Physical Sciences, Department of Meteorology located at Chiromo Campus.
The two components work very closely together, especially in the coordination of international training programmes for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) members. Together with its university component; the Department of Meteorology, University of Nairobi, the WMO-RTC, Nairobi trains meteorological and operational hydrology personnel, for English-speaking Africa, at certificate, degree and postgraduate levels. The Permanent Representative (PR) of Kenya with WMO heads all the international matters concerning this collaboration.
IMTR’s programs are guided by WMO Manual on the Implementation of Education and Training Standards in Meteorology and Hydrology – Vol 1 (WMO Doc 1083), Guide to Competency (WMO – No 1205), Guidelines for Trainers in Meteorological, Hydrological and Climate Services (WMO – No. 1114). In addition, the Institute conducts regular syllabus reviews for all its courses to ensure that they remain relevant and also embrace emerging technological changes and advancements. Currently the syllabi have been revised to adopt the competency based training approach that has been recommended by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In addition, the review is also guided by post course evaluation and market demands.
IMTR has the capacity and ability to organise and host specialised training courses, workshops and seminars in various fields of meteorology, hydrology, environmental science, disaster management and related geo-sciences due to its existing infrastructure, manpower and collaboration with other institutions both locally, regionally and internationally. The Institute offers regular courses as prescribed by WMO and tailor-made courses depending on the training needs. All courses are conducted in the English language. The courses currently offered at the centre cover the following fields: Meteorology, Meteorological instruments and Calibration, Aeronautical Meteorology, Operational Hydrology and Water Resources, Remote Sensing and Satellite Meteorology, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Data Processing and Management, Media, Information and Communication, Environmental Science, Disaster Management, Climate Risk Management, Climate Change, Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
To train manpower at all levels for sustainable development while maintaining excellent standards in Education, Training and Research in the fields of Meteorology, Climate and Water.
To become a world class scientific institution that provides Education, Training and Research in Meteorological, Hydrological and related fields in the Region.
Our Core Objectives
Offer quality education and training that conform to the WMO competency framework as well as national policies and standards, in order to develop skills and competences of personnel in Meteorology, Hydrology and related geo-sciences in Africa and beyond.
Carry out research in the field of Meteorology and related fields.
Maintain close collaboration with National and International training and research organisations/partners. The institute has enhanced collaboration with other institutions, e.g. WMO, UON, WIOMSA, UNESCO-IOC, ICPAC, EUMETSAT, KMS, COMET, CIMH, SAWS and UK Met Office.
History of imtr
The WMO RTC for Class II and Class III Meteorologists was opened in 1965. The RMTC later became the East African Institute for Meteorological Training and Research (EAIMTR). The task of the Institute was to train meteorological personnel to man airports, observatories in the field, agrometeorological stations and the Meteorological Analysis Centre (MAC). The research component was to strive among other things to provide answers to some of the yet unsolved questions in Meteorology; to understand better some of the intractable intricacies of the tropical atmosphere and to improve the then East African Meteorological Department’s capability to predict the weather with a reasonable degree of accuracy for proper agricultural planning and water resources management.
The Meteorological Library
The National Meteorological Library which is operated by the IMTR/WMO-RTC was established in 1929. A large number of books were acquired annually from other meteorological services as part of the international exchange. The Library was moved to its present location within the Kenya Meteorological Department in August 1988. The Library was for a long time the only meteorological library in East Africa; with smaller branches in Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa and was situated at the current Milimani Law Courts Building, in Nairobi. The Chief Librarian therefore had a duty of visiting the various branches from time to time. According to the Annual Report of 1969, the Library had thousands of books, journals, reports, reference works and a card catalogue. It was also useful as a study and documentation center for staff members, trainees and professional workers seeking information on the East African Climate in particular and on the tropical climate in general. When the East African Community (EAC) broke up in 1977, the Tanzania and Uganda branches of the Library hived themselves from the headquarters main Library and started their own centers. The National Library’s operations however were never hampered and it continued to offer services.
The Library currently has 10,000 volumes of publications and 60 titles of online journals. It maintains an exchange program with many other libraries both at the local and international level. The data and information acquired from the Library assists in training and research activities to a wide range of scientists.