The Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) is the National Meteorological Service of Germany. It was founded in 1952. Main task is to warn against weather related dangers. DWD offers weather services for the general public as well as specific services for e.g. nautical, aviational or agricultural purposes. DWD’s spectrum of activity comprises of weather observation and forecasting, climate monitoring at local, regional and global scale, advice and information, national and international co-operation as well as research and development.Beyond weather forecasting, a major task of DWD is monitoring of climate and atmospheric composition (ozone, radioactive trace elements). DWD performs acquisition of data and processing of weather reports from all over the world and leads the WMO Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC). DWD is leading the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Climate Monitoring (CM SAF) which provides regional and global satellite derived climate data records.