Russian State Hydrometeorological University

The Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU) is one of the leading higher education institutions in Russia providing education, training and research in meteorology, hydrometeorology, oceanology, climate change and related environmental as well as social disciplines. The main campus is located in the city of St. Petersburg.

Founded in 1930, RSHU has grown into an organization with over 6000 students, including postgraduate and research students from 50+ countries.

Since 1995 RSHU has been a Regional Training Center of the World Meteorological Organization in the Russian Federation.

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.

In 2020 RSHU is opening the Center for Arctic and Climate Research (CACR). The Center will focus on the following tasks:

  • research and education programs and projects in the Russian Arctic regions;
  • scientific integration into international scientific and educational community;
  • support of cultural traditions, lifestyles, knowledge, and preservation of the cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East; 
  • support for sustainable development and creation of innovative forms of traditional management of indigenous peoples of the North in a changing climate era.

CACR’s research areas also include Atmospheric and Oceanic Processes, Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction, Weather Analysis and Forecasts, Climate Change, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, Satellite Oceanography, etc.

RSHU cooperates with research and educational institutions in Finland, USA, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Poland, China, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and etc. RSHU is open to new collaborations and partnerships for the purpose of research and joint educational programs.

RSHU’s Current and Future Arctic Activities (find detailed information here):

  • Social Science Field Research in the Arctic;
  • Collaboration with the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON) on Preservation and Development of the Arctic Cultures and Traditions;
  • International Scientific Collaboration in the Arctic and for the Arctic;
  • Educational Projects for the Arctic Youth.

The University has a Laboratory of Satellite Oceanography. There are a number of projects such as Arctic Syntool and Polar Cyclones implemented by the Laboratory.

RSHU offers educational programs leading to BSc, MSc, Diploma Specialist, PhD and Doctor of Sciences. RSHU research programs include study of atmospheric and oceanic processes, atmosphere-ocean interaction, weather forecasting, climate change, numerical weather prediction models, ecology and economics.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1930
Total Number of Staff 649
Number of Academic Staff 232
Number of Students 6000
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