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Observing and Information Systems Department (OBS)

Functions of the Department

Under the Strategic Thrusts 1 and 3 the Department:

  • Implements the activities related to the Expected Results 4 and 5, and to the Expected Result 8 related to GCOS;
  • Ensures that activities related to the provision of data, products and services necessary for the Expected Results 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are accomplished in an efficient, effective and coordinated manner.
    The Department has overall responsibility for the delivery of Expected Results 4 and 5.

The Department manages the following programmes and programme areas:

  • WWW’s Global Observing System Programme (GOS) (Expected Result 4);
  • WWW’s Global Telecommunication System Programme (GTS) (Expected Results 4, 5 and 9);
  • WWW’s Data Management Programme (WDM) (Expected Result 5);
  • WWW’s System Support Activity Programme (Expected Result 4);
  • WWW’s Instruments and Methods of Observations Programme (IMOP) (Expected Results 4 and 9);
  • WWW’s Antarctic Activities Programme (Expected Result 4);
  • WMO Space Programme (Expected Results 4, 5 and 9);
  • AMP’s Marine Meteorology and Oceanography Programme (MMOP) - observing and information systems component activities (Expected Results 4, 5 and 7);
  • WCP’s World Climate Data Monitoring Programme (WCDMP) (Expected Results 2 and 9);
  • Global Climate Observing System Programme (GCOS) (Expected Result 8).

The Department is responsible for supporting CBS, CIMO, CCl’s Open Programme Area Groups on Climate Data and Data Management and on Monitoring and Analysis of Climate Variability and Change, the EC Working Group on WIGOS and WIS, the EC Panel of Experts on Antarctic Meteorology, and the GCOS Joint Scientific and Technical Committee.


WMO Integrated Global Observing System Branch (WIGOS)



WIGOS planning office (PO WIGOS) WMO Integrated Global Observing System
WMO Observing Systems Division (OSD) WWW Global Observing System Programme
Space Programme Office (SAT) WMO Space Programme
Global Climate Observing System Secretariat (GCOS) Global Climate Observing System Programme. Lead office for the GCOS Joint Scientific and Technical Committee


WMO Information System Branch (WIS)



Information and Telecommunication System Division (ITS) Global Telecommunication System Programme
WIS Data Representation, Metadata and Monitoring Division (DRMM) WWW Data Management Programme
World Climate Data and Monitoring Programme
WIS Data Management Applications Division (DMA) World Climate Data and Monitoring Programme


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