The Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) depends from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment. It concentrates all the responsibilities for the official meteorological and climatological functions in Spain, including aeronautical and maritime services as well as the meteorological support to Defence. The direction and most of the general management activities, as well as most of the technical departments, are located at the AEMET headquarters in Madrid. 

The regional structure consists of 15 Regional Centres distributed throughout the continental territory and the isles. Each one is responsible for local dependencies (42 observatories and local offices some of them managing specialised functions, 31 aeronautical offices in civil airports and 25 Defence meteorological offices in air bases and other military buildings). There is also a centre for forecasting services to Defence located in Madrid (GPVD). 10 out of the 15 Regional Centres perform forecasting functions through a "Forecasting Group" (GPV). The total number of staff is slightly over 1,400; about 500 have their working posts at the headquarters and 1,000 at the regional centres and local offices. AEMET is the representative of Spain at intergovernmental meteorological organisations such as the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), EUMETSAT (European meteorological satellites organisation) or the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). There is in addition a significant participation of the AEMET in a number of international groups of co-operation between meteorological services, mainly in association with other European countries such as ECOMET, EUMETNET, etc. 

AEMET is very active on generation and provision of a wide range of climate services ranging from products based on observations to climate predictions/projections on time scales from seasons up to a century. AEMET has participated in a variety of EU FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects and is currently participating in EUPORIAS and MACC-2 projects and COST Action ES1102 VALUE on Validation and Integration of Downscaling Methods” all very relevant to this proposal. AEMET is also very actively contributing to the coordination and deployment of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) promoted Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), in particular to the MedCOF initiative aiming at providing tailored seasonal scale climate services to different users within the Mediterranean region. 

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