Russian State Hydrometeorological University

RSHU is the oldest and only higher educational institution of hydrometeorological profile in Russia, one of the leading universities in Russia for the training of highly qualified personnel in the field of hydrometeorology, ecology, information technologies, management and polar law.

The strategic goal of the University is to strengthen the position of the University, focused on professional training in hydrometeorology, ecology and environmental management, marine engineering research, geoecology, economic meteorology, marine information systems and information security, including specialized training for the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, integration into the international educational space, entry among the leaders in research and development in promising areas of science and technology development.

In 1994 the Russian State Hydrometeorological Institute received international recognition. An agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the World Meteorological Organization gave the university the status of the WMO Regional Meteorological Training Centre.

In 2015 RSHU merged with the State Polar Academy that was established to enroll students from the Arctic regions and promote Arctic social studies and humanities. Since then, one of the key RSHU priorities has been to enhance collaboration between natural and social scientists with the strong focus on the Arctic region and Arctic peoples. Contributing to the Polar Academy’s mission, RSHU strongly supports Arctic research on preservation and development of the indigenous peoples’ culture and traditions.


  • Institute of Hydrology and Oceanology
  • Institute “Polar Academy”
  • Institute of Information Systems and Geotechnologies
  • Meteorological faculty
  • Ecologic Faculty
  • Faculty of Hydrometeorological Support for Economic and Management Activities in Industries and Complexes
  • Faculty of Law

1. Geoecological Engineering Institute
2. Maritime Institute
3. Arctic and Subarctic Institute
4. Institute of Environmental Innovation
5. Institute of Geographic Information Systems and Geotechnologies
6. Laboratory of Satellite Oceanography (LSO)
7. Medium and Upper Atmosphere Simulation Laboratory
8. Plastic Pollution Research Laboratory (PlasticLab)

RSHU holds an annual scientific and practical conference: "Modern problems of hydrometeorology and sustainable development of the Russian Federation and the CIS".


  • Establishment of a Centre for Aarctic and climate research
  • Creation of federal innovation platform of Hydromet – Aarctic

For detailed information on our research and educational activities check out our Information Booklet in English.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1930
Total Number of Staff 649
Number of Academic Staff 232
Number of Students 4000
Focus Areas

Diagnostic and forecasting models of natural and anthropogenic hazards

Study of atmospheric processes and phenomena for the weather analysis and forecast

Environmental protection

Economics and agriculture management

Rational usage of natural resources