The IMN (for its acronym in Spanish) is an institution affiliated to the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), is a scientific body that is in charge of the coordination of all meteorological and climatological activities in the country. It maintains a systematic monitoring of the weather to provide support for the safety of air navigation in the country, for the prevention of hydrometeorological disasters and contribute to the adverse effects of variability and climate change.

Collects, studies and analyzes the meteorological and climatological information that measures and records the network stations of the Institute in the country, as well as information necessary for the preparation of studies and research in such fields as agrometeorology, climatology, climate variability, air pollution and interaction ocean-atmosphere, greenhouse gases, climate change, and others; in order to support national development from the point of view of institutional competences.

These studies can be inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary, and result provides information, and are related to decision-making in such varied aspects as: food safety, phases of the ENSO phenomenon, the climate and human health, the climate threat, vulnerability and risk to extreme meteorological events, including information that other institutions can take to achieve the best use of water resources for hydroelectric production, the vulnerability of water for human consumption and others; at local, regional or national level.

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Provide official information on weather, climate, water, variability and climate change, providing experience and innovation for decision making, to society in general.


To be the vanguard meteorological and climatic entity at regional and international level at the service of society.

Institutional values

Leadership: Support and support of actions for the common welfare of the institution, which lead to the achievement of the objectives set.

Confidentiality: Management of internal information with discretion.

Honesty: Actions attached to the truth and respecting the law.

Opening: Free expression of criteria.

Efficiency: Achievement of ends with limited resources.

Effectiveness: Achievement of objectives and achievement of goals in a scheduled time.

Mystique: Motivating force that is reflected in the attitude towards the performance of the actions developed by the Institution.

Creativity: Ability to develop new ideas and solutions to the difficulties and challenges that arise.

Solidarity: Attitude that is based and expressed in the support of actions for the common welfare of the staff of the Institution.

Teamwork: Proactive and supportive staff to achieve the proposed objectives for the institutional good.

Commitment: People completely delivered to the fulfillment of institutional goals.

Respect: People are valued, their opinions are heard, and differences are recognized and taken into account in decision-making in an equitable manner.

Transparency: Actions that entail, among others, compliance with internal control.

Credibility: Providing truthful, timely, transparent and reliable information to the society in general.

Communication: Promote dialogue, generate meetings, listen, understand and be understood.

Motivation: To consider important to each one of the members of the Institution, since it has clear and challenging objectives, that are enthusiastic and that through methods facilitate a jovial atmosphere to achieve them.

Austerity: Care and use resources efficiently, spend what is necessary and dispense with the useless or superfluous. Apply the same rules at all levels of the Institution.

Ethics and Integrity: Be socially responsible and maintain a line of conduct that is complete and transparent.