Reports on Meetings and Events of Interest to Members in 2014

FINAL REPORT – 5th Meeting of the Volcanic Ash Advisory Group, San Francisco, USA, 11-12 December 2014

The meeting reviewed the current status and future work for the group.

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FINAL REPORT – WIGOS Workshop on Data Quality Monitoring and Incident Management, Geneva, Switzerland, 10-12 December 2014

The Participants were informed that the primary purpose of the workshop was to undertake a review of the current international quality monitoring system for the WMO Global Observing System (GOS), with a particular focus on the land surface observing systems and with an emphasis on both its modernization and the establishment of practices associated with incident management. This activity was seen to be a very important aspect of the WIGOS Framework Implementation Plan (WIP) and was of interest to several WMO and other CBS teams, including the Inter-Commission Team on WIGOS (ICT-WIGOS) and its Task Team on WIGOS Quality Management (TT-WQM), the CBS Inter-Programme Expert Team on WIGOS Framework Implementation Matters (IPET-WIFI) and its Sub-Group on Quality Management (SGQM) and the Implementation and Coordination Team on the Data Processing and Forecast System (ICT-DPFS). Additionally, while the focus for the workshop was to be quality monitoring and incident management associated with observing systems of the GOS, it was expected that the procedures and the supporting framework that might be devised and proposed during the course of the workshop could be more widely applicable across WIGOS component observing systems.
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FINAL REPORT – CIMO Management Group, 13th Session (CIMO MG-13), Offenbach, Germany, 7-9 December 2014

The meeting reviewed the workplans of all CIMO Expert Teams, Task Teams and Theme Leaders to ensure they were in line with CIMO priorities and that they had clear deliverables that would be supporting WMO high priority activities.

The meeting also addressed a number of topics related to the planning, coordination and management of CIMO activities. These included among others the composition of CIMO Expert Teams, the planning of CIMO activities, the CIMO working and reporting mechanism, and collaboration with the International Organization for Standardization and with the Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry.
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FINAL REPORT – CIMO-WIGOS Exploratory Workshop: Improving Surface-based Data Quality through Improved Standardization of Procedures, Langen, Germany, 3-5 December 2014

The main objectives of the workshop were:
• To explore mechanisms for improving the quality of surface-based observations through standardization of calibration, maintenance, and operational (algorithms, etc.) procedures, as a WIGOS Standardization initiative;
• To explore mechanisms for ensuring optimal communication of such standardized• procedures to Members, as a WIGOS Capacity Development initiative.

The workshop comprised presentations from many of the participants on a) data user requirements for standardization, b) the experience of the Regional Instrument Centres in improving the standardization of in-situ observations and on regional needs, and c) on the needs of the remote sensing observing system operators.

Much of the workshop comprised open discussion of the key issues requiring attention, before the participants divided into three groups to explore in more depth:
• Improving the performance of the Regional Instrument Centres;
• Improving the performance of the CIMO Testbeds and Lead Centres;
• The needs for standardization for remote sensing technologies.
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FINAL REPORT – Expert Team on Aircraft Based Observing Systems Subgroup Meeting on WIGOS Regulatory Material, Geneva, Switzerland, 2-5 December, 2014
The meeting was informed about the status of the WMO regulatory material and advised that regulations and guidance should be focused on updating and improving the relevant sections of WMO-No. 488, Manual on the Global Observing System (GOS) (the Manual), and WMO-No. 544, Guide to the GOS (the Guide). The meeting was also advised that materials that were required to provide a standard for observing systems, such as the AMDAR Onboard Software Functional Requirements Specification (AOSFRS) might be added to the Guide to the GOS and referenced from the Manual.
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FINAL REPORT – Expert Team on Surface Based Observations Sub-Group Meeting on WIGOS Regulatory Material, Geneva, Switzerland, 24-28 November, 2014
The Meeting was made aware of the importance of the requirements for developing WIGOS regulatory material and how such material developed by the Sub-Group might eventually be integrated into either the new Manual on WIGOS, currently under review by WMO Members, or else into the current Manual on GOS (WMO-No. 544) or Guide to the GOS (WMONo- 488) through the normal CBS and WMO approval processes. However, the Meeting was advised that the eventual repository for the new material should not be of great concern to the SubGroup and that the Meeting should focus on developing new, required material that might be useful to WMO Members in the operation of their observing networks in support of the operation of WIGOS and the GOS. The Meeting was informed that there was a great need for new regulations and guidance on the operation and use of automated systems, particularly for remote sensing systems such as weather radar and radar wind profiler systems.
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FINAL REPORT – Commission for Basic Systems & Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology Inter-Programme Coordination Team on Space Weather, Fifth Session, Ispra, Italy, 24-26 November 2014

The main thrust of the meeting was the development of a four-year action plan for WMO activities in space weather coordination, which would be submitted to the World Meteorological Congress in May 2015 for endorsement.

In addition, the session has:
• Been informed by ITU on the way forward to address the protection of radio-frequencies used for space weather observations, and on the possible support of ionospheric monitoring and forecasting services to radio-propagation issues;
• Reviewed the on-going updating process of the Statement of Guidance for space weather observations;
• Developed a preliminary set of expert rules for the assessment of space-based instruments for space weather observations, with the aim to provide input to OSCAR/Space;
• Addressed the way forward to exchange space weather data and products within the WMO Information System (WIS);
• Approved new products for inclusion in the WMO Space Weather Products Portal;
• Approved the draft letter exchange establishing a working arrangement for cooperation between WMO and the International Space Environment Service (ISES).
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FINAL REPORT – Expert Team on Satellite Systems, Ninth Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 12-14 November 2014

The main outcome of the session was to deliver preliminary considerations for the vision of the space–based components of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) in 2040. The meeting also briefly discussed the progress of the WIGOS project as a whole, and the Architecture for Climate Monitoring from Space, including data policy issues that will be addressed by the seventeenth World Meteorological Congress (Cg-17). It was briefed on planned developments of the space module of the Observing System Capability and Analysis and Review tool (OSCAR) that should facilitate its use in support of future gap analysis studies.

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FINAL REPORT – CIMO Task Team on Competencies, 1st Session, Casablanca, Morocco, 10-13 November 2014

The primary objectives of the session were to:
• Determine the overall requirements for competency framework development for the instruments and methods of observation area;
• Derive draft competencies for meteorological observations;
• Review and revise the draft competency framework for Instrument Calibration previously developed by the CIMO Expert Team on Regional Instrument Centres, Calibration and Traceability (ET-RIC).

The session first proposed that four separate competency frameworks would be required to cover the breadth of the instruments and methods of observation area:
• A Competency Framework for Meteorological Observations;
• A Competency Framework for Instrumentation;
• A Competency Framework for Instrument Calibration;
• A Competency Framework for Observing Network and Programme Management.
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FINAL REPORT – ARGOS Joint Tariff Agreement Thirty-Fourth Meeting, Weihai, China, 3 – 5 November 2014
The Argos System emerged from a long-standing partnership of environmental research between the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States of America and the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) of France. The objective of the Argos system was to provide for the global location, acquisition, and dissemination of environmental data. Argos would not only improve and expand the global operational weather system, but also support ocean, weather, and other environmental research. Click here to read the full report

FINAL REPORT – CIMO Task Team on Revision of the International Cloud Atlas, Second Session, (TT-ICA-2), Geneva, Switzerland, 6 – 9 October 2014
After commencing with a brief report from the Chair where he summarized his expectations of the team during the session, each task leader provided a summary of the initial work performed under their assigned task(s).
Having made significant progress against most of its tasks, the session agreed on the work to be performed over the coming months by each sub-group, and updated its workplan and project schedule to reflect the progress made to date and expected for the remainder of the project.
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FINAL REPORT – Polar Space Task Group (PSTG), Fourth Session, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA, 29 September – 1 October 2014
Piers Sellers (Deputy Director, Sciences and Exploration Directorate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)) welcomed attendees to the Fourth Meeting of the Polar Space Task Group (PSTG) and to NASA GSFC. He briefly described Earth science and cryosphere activities at GSFC and encouraged participants to work hard in contributing to better understanding and prediction of the cryosphere – in his view the biggest environmental science challenge over the next 10-20 years.
This session offered the opportunity to initiate a space agency response to requirements which had been assembled for permafrost, wet snow, floating ice, and weather prediction in Polar Regions. There would also be presentations of the achievements of PSTG action in response to user requirements assembled for observations of the ice sheets. To view the full report click here

RA I Dissemination Expert Group, Fifth Meeting, Johannesburg, South Africa, 6-7 September 2014

The report covers topics such as:
• Promoting the use of EUMETCast
• NWC-SAF software installation
• System administration training in future MESA project
• EUMETSAT to explore with the NWC SAF the addition of graphical output formats to ease visualisation and the inclusion of country boundaries and/or geolocation information, within the product output
• Noting the need for users to access new incoming data streams from their PUMA 2010 PC 1 and to fork these for use on other machines. Click here to view the full report

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Commission for Basic Systems (DPFS-PWS) Task Team on the Provision of Operational Meteorological Assistance to Humanitarian Agencies, Geneva, Switzerland, 28-30 July 2014
Some of the requirements for operational meteorological and hydrological products and services include:
• Humanitarian Agencies, like many other entities that operate in a global context, have a need for meteorological and hydrological information on all spatial scales from global to local, and all time scales from minutes to decades, as well as historical information;
• Humanitarian Agencies would welcome an active and sustained engagement with the WMO community;
• They need this information to be provided from one contact point (at global, regional and national levels) available 24/7 as required by their operational needs, presented in a consistent, easily-understandable manner, , using narrative text and visuals, tailored to their specific needs (this is essential);
• They need this provision of information to be augmented by consultation and interpretation to enable the full value of the information to be translated into efficient and effective action (this is essential);
• They would like a mechanism to be established to facilitate two-way communication and exchange of information between the meteorological and humanitarian communities;
• They would like information (data, warnings) to be readily available, ideally with appropriate metadata if possible; and for the information to be formatted for ingestion into commonly used systems (geo-referenced). To read the full report click here

FINAL REPORT – CIMO Management Group 12th Session, St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 16 July 2014
The meeting was aimed at establishing the responsibilities of the CIMO MG members, at agreeing on working mechanisms to be followed and planning the work of the coming months to ensure that all CIMO Expert Teams, Task Teams and Theme Leaders can promptly start working on their assignments and proper coordination with other relevant groups.

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Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology, Fifteenth Session, Montreal, Canada, 15–16 July 2014
The president of the Commission recalled that the upgrade plan of aeronautical meteorology for the next 15 years or more had been agreed at the Conjoint ICAO Meteorology Division Meeting and the meteorological community would need to respond. He highlighted that effective governance and cost recovery, increased efficiency and competent aeronautical meteorological personnel would remain the underlying foundations to ensure service delivery in compliance with the stated requirements. Furthermore, the Commission should ascertain how the human forecasters and observers would add value in the system-wide information management environment, how the meteorological information could be integrated into the decision-making systems of the users and how research efforts could be put into operational applications. The president added that strengthening partnership with aviation users, more effective communication with Members and Regional Associations, capacity-building, sharing of best practices and provision of guidance material would also be key to success of aeronautical meteorological services in the future environment. To read the full report click here

FINAL REPORT – Consultative Meetings on High-Level Policy on Satellite Matters, Twelfth Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 21 June 2014
The role of the Consultative Meetings is to support a dialogue between high-level representatives of the environmental satellite community and WMO, and to elaborate the strategic directions that WMO programmes take in relation to space. Read report here

FINAL REPORT – Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) Open Programme Area Group (OPAG) on Public Weather Services (PWS) Expert Team on Services and Products Improvement and Innovation (CBS/OPAG-PWS ET/SPII), Hong Kong, China, 19-23 May 2014
The Team discussed six (6) major topic areas: (1) Nowcasting; (2) Communicating Uncertainty; (3) the “Big Data” Problem – Making the Best Use of Data for Forecasters; (4) the Use of New Technologies, Especially Mobile Apps, in Service Delivery; (5) Spatial Data and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)-based Services; and (6) the Role of the Team in the Implementation of “The WMO Strategy for Service Delivery”.

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FINAL REPORT – Global Space-Based Intercalibration System Executive Panel Fifteenth Session (GSICS-15 EP), Guangzhou, China, 16-17 May 2014
The founding principles of GSICS, formed in 2005, aims to realize the full benefits of space-based observations. Considering the momentum that had developed, the community of experts brought together by GSICS, the best practices, tools and services now available, GSICS members could be proud of GSICS achievements. The GSICS Vision adopted as an outcome of EP-14, which sets the high-level objectives and core role of GSICS while highlighting the opportunity of valuable partnerships such as with CEOS WGCV. There is also the view that GSICS had an important role to play in the Architecture for Climate Monitoring from Space. Read full report

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FINAL REPORT – Inter-Programme Expert Team on Data Representation Maintenance and Monitoring, 2nd Meeting (IPET-DRMM-2), College Park, MD, USA, 28 April – 2 May 2014
The meeting reviewed the proposals already under validation or newly submitted at the meeting on GRIB edition 2 (GRIB2), BUFR and CREX in the Manual on Codes (WMO-No. 306), and agreed that nine proposals have been duly validated and should be forwarded to the formality stage (fast-track procedure), which are for Arakawa grids, improving definition of precipitation type, spatio-temporal changing tiles and new generating process types (GRIB2) and for satellite and satellite data identifiers, a template for snow depth reporting, OMPS data and SARAL Altika data (BUFR) and for identifiers of sub-centres of NOAA/NWS (Common Code tables).

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MEETING REPORT – Commission for Basic Systems Open Programme Area Group on Integrated Observing Systems Expert Team on Satellite Utilization and Products, Eighth Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 14 – 17 April 2014
The primary objective of the session was to advance the work programme defined by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) as concerns in particular the promotion of access and use of satellite data by WMO Members in support of all WMO programmes and WMO co-sponsored programmes. Read report here

FINAL REPORT – WMO CBS Implementation/Coordination Team on Integrated Observing Systems (ICT-IOS), 8th Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 7-10 April 2014

The chairpersons of the OPAG-IOS Expert Teams reported on the present and future activities of their teams in support of WIGOS implementation. The Team discussed the role that the ICT-IOS and OPAG-IOS Expert Teams should be playing in WIGOS Framework Implementation phase with regard to the integration of the core observing systems of WMO.

The meeting particularly considered how specific components such weather radars, and surface- and space-based atmospheric chemical observations shall become operational and particularly address the requirements for climate services and air quality services.

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FINAL REPORT – Inter-Programme Expert Team on Observing System Design and Evolution, 1st Session (IPET-OSDE1), Geneva Switzerland, 31 March – 3 April, 2014
As part of the Rolling Review of Requirements (RRR) process, the Team reviewed the status of the WMO database of observational user requirements and observing systems capabilities, which has been integrated into the Observing System Capability Analysis and Review tool (OSCAR).

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FINAL REPORT – Meeting of the Executive Council Working Group on Service Delivery (ECWG-SD), Geneva Switzerland, 25-27 March 2014
The aim of the meeting was to discuss and agree on recommendations to EC on how the WMO Strategy for Service Delivery could be best implemented and how it could be applied to provide a coherent approach to service delivery across all of the programmes and constituent bodies of WMO.

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Minutes of 2014 Global Space-based Inter-Calibration System (GSICS) GRWG/GDWG Meeting, 24-28 March 2014 Click here to read the minutes

MEMBER REPORT – Inter-Programme Expert Team on Metadata and Data Representation Development; 1st Meeting (IPET-MDRD-1), Silver Springs, MD, USA, 18-21 March 2014
HMEI was invited to attend this meeting and was represented by Mr Ivan Sedo, IBL Software Engineering, Slovakia. Mr Sedo has written the following report for HMEI members…Read full report

FINAL REPORT – Joint CBS-CCl Expert Team on Operational Predictions from Sub-seasonal to Longer-Time Scales (ET-OPSLS), Exeter, UK, 10-14 March 2014
The Joint Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) – Commission for Climatology (CCl) Expert Team on Operational Prediction from Sub-seasonal to Longer-time Scales (ET-OPSLS) was established as part of a continuing collaboration across the two Commissions in the development and implementation of operational production systems that support predictions beyond the medium-range. This collaboration, which has been ongoing for several years, represents a major contribution to the establishment of WMO’s Climate Services Information System (CSIS) of the Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS).

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FINAL REPORT – Sixth GCOS Reference Upper Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-6), Beltsville, MD, USA, 10-14 March, 2014

The annual GRUAN meeting’s main goals were to update participants on GRUAN progress and to discuss new developments, with a focus on: maximizing the utility of GRUAN activities and measurements to benefit the Global Observing System; progress on site certification and network expansion; and establishing links with the scientific and meteorological communities. Further, the main topics on the meeting were to review the progress of the work plans for the GRUAN Lead Centre, the WG-GRUAN and GRUAN task teams and to also consider new data streams as called for in the current GRUAN Implementation Plan.

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FINAL REPORT – WMO CIMO Management Group, 11th Session, Payerne, Switzerland, 10-14 March 2014

The meeting evaluated the work done by all CIMO Expert Teams, Task Teams and Theme Leaders since CIMO-XV and focused its work on planning for the next inter-session period. The meeting reviewed the contribution of CIMO to WIGOS and how it should be contributing and cooperating with other WMO technical commissions, regional associations and programmes.

The meeting assessed its working mechanisms and working structure and decided on some modification to further improve its efficiency and remove ambiguities in the focus of specific expert teams.

The meeting reviewed and advised on the arrangements for the preparation and conduction of CIMO-16 and TECO-2014.

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FINAL REPORT – The Fifth Session of the Executive Council Panel of Experts on Polar Observations, Research, and Services (EC-PORS), Wellington, New Zealand, 25-28 February, 2014
The Panel approved the Implementation Plan of Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW) including the GCW governance and working structure, the establishment of a core GCW network called CryoNet and the need to mainstream GCW as a core WMO activity. Strategic issues related to climate (e.g., Polar Regional Climate Centre (PRCC) networks, Polar Region Climate Outlook Forums and interaction with IBCS of the GFCS) were highlighted. These strategic issues will be incorporated into the future work of the Panel and be a focus of the services team. Read full report

FINAL REPORT – The Antarctic Task Team (ATT) of the Executive Council Panel of Experts on Polar Observations, Research, and Services (EC-PORS) Second session, Wellington, New Zealand, 24 February, 2014

The Antarctic Task Team reviewed practices related to Antarctic Observing Network (AntON) and proposed an update of Manual on GOS (WMO-No. 544), Volume II, Regional Aspects – Part 7. “The Antarctic” and proposed the initial list of stations of AntON, including the draft resolution to be submitted to Cg-17 for adoption.

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WMO CIMO TASK TEAM ON AIRCRAFT-BASED OBSERVATIONS (CIMO TT-AO) 1st Session, Geneva, Switzerland; 18-20 February, 2014

This is the first meeting of this Task Team, after the dissolution of the previous AMDAR Panel and the integration of AMDAR into the WMO structures. Going forward, responsibilities for AMDAR will be split between the CIMO Task Team – Aircraft-base Observations (CIMO TT-AO) and the CBS Expert Team – Aircraft-Base Observing Systems (CBS ET-ABO).

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FINAL REPORT – Report of the Meeting of Presidents of Technical Commissions, Geneva, Switzerland, 20 – 21 January, 2014. 

The meeting was opened by the Secretary-General of WMO Mr Michel Jarraud. He welcomed the participants and thanked them for finding time to attend and reemphasized the important role of the Technical Commissions as advisory to WMO Congress. He noted that the meeting provided an opportune time for the PTCs to start thinking of the big global issues in lead up to the next session of World Meteorological Congress in 2015.

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FINAL REPORT – Coordination Group for World Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) Team Meeting on the Terms of Reference of Future CGMS Space Weather Activities, Geneva, 7-8 January 2014
The aim of the meeting was for CGMS members to nominate a team to develop the TOR for CGMS space weather activities, taking into account the guiding principles discussed in the ad-hoc session, for consideration by CGMS-42.

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