Reports on Meetings and Events of Interest to Members in 2013

FINAL REPORT – Commission for Basic Systems & Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology Inter-Programme Coordination Team on Space Weather, Fourth Session, Geneva, 25-28 November 2013

The fourth session of ICTSW was held in Geneva from 25 to 28 November 2013. Among its main outcomes the session:
– Reviewed the draft ICAO Standard and Recommended Practices (SARP) for space weather information support to international air navigation and the related CONOPS;
– Approved the ROB (Belgium) Sunspot product for inclusion into the Product Portal;
– Recommended the evolution of the Product Portal to a new “Product Access Guide”;
– Agreed on guidelines for harmonizing severe space weather warnings;
– Noted and supported the development of the GTEX format for GNSS slant TEC data;
– Noted and welcomed the planned CMA format for FY-3C GNOS radio-occultation data;
– Recommended NICT (Japan) to become a WIS DCPC for space weather information;
– Noted and encouraged the WIS demonstration actions involving four products;
– Noted the inventory and categorization of space-based space weather observing capabilities in OSCAR and took action to review the measurements-instruments links;
– Exchanged views on the current plans and strategic goals of members for space weather, discussed the global need for coordination of operational space weather activities and agreed that a proposal for a “Space Weather Watch” should be prepared in response to the request from the 16th WMO Congress;
– Stressed the need to advocate the long term continuation and expansion of essential space weather observation infrastructure and to seek support from WMO Members to the space weather coordination activities undertaken within WMO.

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FINAL REPORT – Commission for Basic Systems Open Programme Area Group on Integrated Observing Systems Expert Team on Satellite Utilization and Products Scope-Nowcasting Ad-Hoc Steering Group, 1st Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 19-22 November 2013
Using the recent typhoon Haiyan as an example, that in order to minimise the impact on life and property, an ability to understand and predict such extreme events is paramount. In this context, satellites are an important tool for deriving real-time information about such events, highlighting the importance of the SCOPE-Nowcasting initiative.
The initiative must be firmly based on user requirements, and that it considers the need to bridge the “last mile” – the delivery, uptake and visualisation of the data. A cross-section of users was represented at the workshop through NMSs (BoM, CMA, IMD, JMA, KMA), SWFDP and the WWRP Nowcasting Working Group. Satellite operators were also represented through CMA, ESA, EUMETSAT, JMA, KMA and NOAA. To view the full report click here

FINAL REPORT – Task Team on the Revision of the International Cloud Atlas 1st Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 18-22 November, 2013

Following a brief report from the Chair of the TT-ICA, Dr Steve Cohn and a presentation by presentation by the Chair of the ICG-WIGOS Task Team on WIGOS Regulatory Material, to set the context within which revision of the International Cloud Atlas, Volume I of which comprises Annex 1 of the WMO Technical Regulations, was being considered by CIMO, each task leader then provided a summary of the work performed under their assigned task. They discussed the conclusions reached by the sub-group that had addressed that task, and the implications for the proposal that the Task Team would submit to the CIMO Management Group (CIMO-MG) in regard to revision of the ICA.

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FINAL REPORT – WMO RA I Sub-regional WIGOS / WIS Workshop for North Africa, Casablanca, Morocco, 18 – 21 November 2013

Following the welcome speeches and presentations by the WMO Secretariat and the Chair of RA I, the participants of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia made presentations on the status of the observing networks, and the telecommunication and data transmissions systems as well as their preparation for the implementation of the WMO Information Systems (WIS) in their respective countries. They highlighted the main problems of their NMHSs in particular in human resources and financial constraints.

The situation in Libya was described as special due to the 2011 political unrest in this country. Six (6) synoptic stations were destroyed including telecommunication and data transmissions systems. There is an urgent need to replace the missing instruments of these stations as well as the equipment of the Central Calibration & Maintenance Workshop, and to re-establish the communications networks between the National Meteorological Center of Libya and the regional and international centers.

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FINAL REPORT – CBS Inter-Programme Expert Team on the Observing System Design and Evolution (IPET-OSDE) Ad Hoc Workshop on Observing System Design, Geneva, Switzerland, 12-14 November, 2013

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FINAL REPORT – CIMO Guide Editorial Board, 2nd Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 13-15 November, 2013

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FINAL REPORT – WMO RA I Sub-regional WIGOS Workshop for West Africa, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 12 – 15 November 2013

Following the keynote presentation of Dr Lamine Bah, President of RA I on the “RA I Requirements on Observation and Information Systems meeting the needs of Weather, Climate, Water and Environmental Services: Status, Challenges and the Way Forward” there were presentations on WIGOS and WIS.

These presentations helped the participants understand the overall concept of WIGOS, and WIS, the management requirements for the Sub-region and the key activities areas for their implementation.

All the 16 countries in West Africa were represented: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cap Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and, Togo. The participants made presentations on the status of the observations network in their respective countries including existing observation networks in the country not belonging to the National Weather Service. They highlighted the main problems their NMHSs encounter.

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Meeting of the Commission for Basic Systems Open Programme Area Group on Public Weather Services (PWS) Expert Team on Communication, Outreach and Public Education Aspects of PWS Delivery (CBS/OPAG-PWS ET/COPE), Nanjing, China, 28 October – 1 November 2013

The meeting reported on the current status concerning deliverables of its terms of reference

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FINAL REPORT – CBS Expert Team on Emergency Response Activities (ET-ERA), College Park, USA, 21-25 October, 2013

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FINAL REPORT – Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop of the Data Buoy Co-operation Panel (DBCP) for the North Pacific Ocean and its Marginal Seas, Hangzhou, China, 22-24 October 2013

Application of regional ocean observations for increasing society’s understanding and forecasting of typhoons.

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ANNUAL REPORT for 2013 – WMO IOC Data Buoy Co-operation Panel

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FINAL REPORT – Tenth WHYCOS International Advisory Group (WIAG-10), Geneva, Switzerland, 10 – 11 October, 2013

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FINAL REPORT – Third Meeting of the Task Team on Aviation XML (TT-AvXML), Montreal, Canada, 7 – 9 October 2013

The previous week TT-AvXML had released final draft of version 1.0 of the XML standard for representing meteorological information to support civil aviation that allowed the information content of METAR, TAF, SPECI and SIGMET to be exchanged in XML. The meeting agreed the work needed to steer the draft through the approvals procedures, proposed governance arrangements for the standard, and decided on technical approaches to support the use of the XML standard.

The standard will be known as IWXXM-XML, and consists of sub-packages METCE-XML, OPM-XML and SAF-XML. These are based on “logical data models” of the same name (without the –XML suffix). TT-AvXML recommended that WMO publishes and maintains METCE and OPM, but that although SAF and IWXXM would need to be published and maintained by WMO in the short term, they should be published and managed by ICAO in the longer term, but that the creation of the XML schemas associated with them should be generated by WMO.

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FINAL REPORT – The ad hoc International Forum of Users of Satellite Data Telecommunication Systems (Satcom Forum), Paris, France, 3 – 4 October 2013

The meeting reviewed the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and IOC user requirements for the collection of meteorological data from remote areas (including buoys, ship-based observing systems, seal level observing stations, Automatic Weather Stations, Polar Observations, profiling floats, and animal tracking). It reviewed the capabilities and the tariff schemes of the satellite data telecommunication systems that are mostly being used for the collection of environmental data from remote areas, and discussed the role that they could play in the future Forum. The meeting noted that the future Forum is meant to provide guidance to the WMO and IOC users on the use of Satcom systems, including guiding them on how to make the best arrangements for the purchase of airtime. The Forum will provide detailed information on satellite systems capabilities so that users will be able to make informed decisions on which system to use.

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FINAL REPORT – WMO JCOMM Data Buoy Co-operation Panel, 29th Session, Paris, France, 23-27 September 2013

During the technical and scientific workshop organized during the first day of the session, 21 presentations were delivered on a wide range of topics of concern to the DBCP. Developments in the technologies of Drifting Buoys, including technical issues concerned with the longevity of the buoys were reported. Approximately 70 participants from 19 countries attended the meetings. The Panel concurred with the five recommendations made by the workshop and adopted them.

Reports were provided by the DBCP Task Teams, the Action Groups and the Pilot Projects, and decisions were taken according to their recommendations.

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FINAL REPORT – CIMO Expert Team on Regional Instrument Centres, Calibration and Traceability 1st Session, Nairobi, Kenya, 23-26 September, 2013

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REPORT – WMO’s Region VI (Europe) Regional Conference 2013, Helsinki, Finland, 10-17 September, 2013

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REPORT – WMO CBS Expert Team on Aircraft Based Observation (CBS ET-ABO) 1st Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 10-13 September, 2013

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REPORT – WMO Expert Team on New In-Situ Technologies(ET-NIST) 1st Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 10-13 September 2013

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FINAL REPORT – The Fifth Session of the JCOMM Observations Coordination Group, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, 5-7 September 2013
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FINAL REPORT – WMO Third JCOMM Marine Instrumentation Workshop for the Asia Pacific Region, Tianjin, China, 22-25 July 2013

The workshop recalled the importance of ocean observations to achieve socioeconomic benefits at the global, regional, national and local levels by addressing the requirements of WMO and IOC Applications, including the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and working in the multi-disciplinary frameworks of WMO-IOC-UNEP-ICSU Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the WMO Integrated Observing System (WIGOS).

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FINAL REPORT – Sixth Meeting of the CBS Expert Team on WIS Centres (ET-WISC), Beijing, China from 15 to 18 July 2013

The meeting addressed several key areas relating to practices and procedures and to improving the user experience of WIS.  These included: the need to progress WIS monitoring; identification of a set of WIS competencies and associated education and capacity development strategy and guidance; inclusion of all GISCs on the WIS core network and the migration to the RMDCN Next Generation (NG-RMDCN); identification and review of suitable WIS solutions or contributing applications, including the need agree on interoperability with respect to user management and authorisation; and the benefits of partnership with industry under commercial collaboration.

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FINAL REPORT – CBS Expert Team on Surfaced Based Observations 1st Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 9-12 July, 2013

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REPORT – First meeting of the Inter-Programme Expert Team on Data Representation Maintenance and Monitoring (IPET-DRMM-I), Tokyo, Japan, 1-5 July 2013

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FINAL REPORT – Task Team on the Application of Metadata (TT-APMD) – Second Meeting, Tokyo, Japan, 25-28 June 2013

The two objectives of the meeting were to provide guidance on writing WIS Discovery Metadata records that could be used to create supporting and to make sure that it was possible to provide from metadata records the information needed to fulfil the use cases for WMO No. 9 Volume C1.

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FINAL REPORT – Workshop to Assist in: Sustaining National Meteorological Services; Strengthening WMO Regional and Global Centres, Washington DC, USA, 18-20 June, 2013

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FINAL REPORT – CIMO International Organizing Committee for the WMO Solid Precipitation Intercomparison Experiment (SPICE), 4th Session, Davos, Switzerland, 17-21 June 2013

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REPORT – Fourth Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, Switzerland, 21 – 23 May 2013

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REPORT – 65th Session WMO Executive Council (EC-65), Geneva, Switzerland, 15 – 23 May, 2013

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FINAL REPORT – CBS Workshop on Regional and Global Exchange of Weather Radar Data, Exeter, United Kingdom, 24-26 April, 2013

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REPORT – WMO Regional Association IV (RA-IV, North America), Willemstad, Curaçao, 10 – 21 April 2013

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FINAL REPORT – Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology, Technical Conference on Aviation Meteorology for Regional Associations III and IV, Willamstad, Curaçao, 10-12 April, 2013

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FINAL REPORT – WMO 4th Session of the Expert Team on Waves and Coastal Hazards Forecasting Systems (ETWCH; formerly the Expert Team on Wind Waves and Storm Surges, ETWS), Paris, France, 3-6 April 2013

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FINAL REPORT – 6th International Workshop on Volcanic Ash, Bogor, Indonesia, 11-15 March, 2013

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FINAL REPORT – CIMO Expert Team on New Technologies and Testbeds 1st Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 4-7 March, 2013

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FINAL REPORT – WMO JCOMM 7th Session of the Services and Forecasting Systems Programme Area (SFSPA) Co-ordination Group, Tokyo, Japan, 4-6 March 2013

The meeting noted the increasing importance and need for marine meteorological and oceanographic services, particularly in relation to the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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REPORT – Fifth GCOS Reference Upper Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-5), Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), De Bilt, Netherlands, 25th February – 1st March 2013

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REPORT – Minutes of the 14th Session of the HMEI General Assembly (GA-14), Austin, Texas, USA, 8 January, 2013

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Presentation made by WMO President to 14th Session of HMEI General Assembly, Austin, Texas, USA, 8 January, 2013

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Summary Report on the Monitoring of ASAP Ship Data, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, January-December 2013
In 2013, the number of ASAP reports received at ECMWF were comparable to 2012 levels despite a decrease from 31 to 26 in the number of reporting platform identifiers. A drop in numbers later in November-December was due to problems in our data processing system affecting only ASAP reports. The problem has been fixed early in 2014. Unrelated to this issue the percentage of ascents reaching the 100 hPa level was as low as around 70% in the first months of 2013.
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