At the joint CIMO-XV/TECO held September 2013 in Helsinki Finland, the Secretary General (SG) for WMO in his opening remarks to the manufacturers represented at TECO stated that it was important to develop systems that were more affordable and easier to use. The Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry has developed a two Phase Plan to address the SG’s concern. In order to address this challenge, WMO and HMEI will need to closely work together.
The first phase is almost complete with the publication of the Generic AWS Tender Specifications documentation, which is now available on the WMO website for testing by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS). Once feedback has been received by WMO, it is hoped that phase II, the development of an internet tool, will commence.