The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is a research and service agency under the Ministry of Transport  and Communications, with about 670 employees. To ensure public safety relating to atmospheric and  airborne hazards and for satisfying requirements for specialized meteorological products, FMI utilises  numerical weather prediction, satellite, and ground-based observation networks. FMI has been involved in  numerous international, EU and ESA projects, including: ACTRIS, ENVRIplus, ICOS, IAGOS, GAW, EUSAAR,  Jerico-next.