Reports of Meetings and Events of interest to Members in 2015
The report looks at current and future project activity.
The meeting stressed the importance of the Group as a forum for linking users of meteorological satellites in the Americas (WMO Region III and IV) to the satellite providers. Also emphasized, was the mandate of the Group to act as s a bridge between satellite operators and users, and to address users’ concerns. This is especially important with regard to the impending launch of GOES-R and the associated opportunities and challenges.
This meeting was seen as an important step in preparation for Congress 17 informed about CAS priorities and activities and as a ‘Think Tank on emerging Issues’.
The report describes a number of case studies that demonstrate the direct or indirect value of Earth observation satellites for climate services. Climate services, i.e. climate information prepared and delivered to meet a user’s needs (HLTF, 2011), are recognized as vital for decision-making in climate-sensitive societal areas, such as food security, water management, disaster risk reduction, and the health sector. Satellites are uniquely placed to provide a global perspective on the climate system, to contribute to the monitoring of 26 Essential Climate Variables (GCOS, 2011), as well as to inform regional and local climate analyses.
The meeting was informed that aeronautical meteorology remains a strategic priority the WMO Strategic Plan for the next period (2016-2019).
Update on the current situation and future planning.
The main purpose of the Task Team on Impact-based Forecasting is to promote and advance the development and implementation of Multi-hazard Impact-based Forecast and Warning Services by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and key partner agencies.
Among the main outcomes of the meeting was the emphasis on a pragmatic approach toward promoting impact-based forecast and warning service delivery in NMHSs. This approach would be characterized by practical implementation activities such as region- or country-specific pilot projects that would be scalable to other countries and regions.
The workshop’s goal was to respond to the WIGOS Implementation Key Activity Area No. 3 (KAA#3) on design, planning and optimized evolution of WIGOS and its regional, sub-regional and national component observing systems. It particularly followed up from the first workshop, and follow-up activities by the IPET-OSDE, which had proposed Observing System Network Design (OSND) principles to be included in the Manual on WIGOS (reviewed by all WMO technical commissions, then endorsed by CBS Ext.(2014), consequently reviewed by WMO Members, and now submitted for approval to Cg-17).
The report discusses the development of a land transport service delivery initiative and the expectations of WMO which include:
a) Provide WMO Members with guidance on observations, data management, data processing, forecasting and delivery of services, based on user requirements;
b) Carry out analysis of the requirements of the transport community and existing gaps;
c) Make surface transport an important component of the implementation of the WMO Strategy for Service Delivery and Its Implementation Plan; and
d) Factor surface transport in the functions of WMO Programmes (WIGOS, WIS etc).
In response to the sixteenth WMO Congress1 and the sixty-sixth Session of the WMO Executive Council (EC-66)2, the present document defines a plan to be implemented in 2016-2019 to improve capabilities of WMO Members to deliver space weather services.
The activities under this plan are aligned with the WMO Strategic Plan, a working structure is designed to integrate space weather efforts within core WMO programmes, and an estimation is provided of the required resources and expected benefits.
As a result of this planned effort, space-based and ground-based observing systems for space weather will be better coordinated; consistent, quality-assured space weather products will be available to all Members through WIS; and, in particular, space weather services for civil aviation will be addressed as required by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The proposed high-level organization is expected to facilitate the effective coordination with initiatives external to WMO and to enable the long-term improvement of space weather service capabilities.