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Inter-Commission Coordination Group on the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (ICG-WIGOS)

Terms of Reference (Res. 2/2 (EC-LXIII))

(a) To coordinate and prioritize WIGOS-related activities carried out by relevant technical commissions for all WMO domain areas, including deserts and drylands;

(b) To provide technical guidance and assistance for the planning, implementation and further development of the Global Observing System, the Global Atmosphere Watch, the World Hydrological Cycle Observing System and the Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW) as core components of WIGOS, including interoperability of observing systems, their long-term sustainability, standardization of instruments and methods of observation, WMO Information System information exchange and discovery, and the quality management framework;

(c) To advise the regional associations on the technical and capacity building aspects of WIGOS implementation activities in the respective Regions;

(d) To improve guidance to Members on implementation of WIGOS at a national level;

(e) To maintain close cooperation at a technical level with WMO partner organizations such as UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the International Council for Science, and ensure coordination between co-sponsors of the Global Climate Observing System, Global Ocean Observing System and Global Terrestrial Observing System;

(f) To identify and communicate WIGOS benefits to relevant international partner organizations;

(g) To address major issues identified by the Executive Council and provide technical advice on the further development and implementation of WIGOS;

(h) To coordinate WIGOS and WIS related implementation activities;

(i) To report to subsequent sessions of the Council on the progress in implementation of WIGOS.

Chairperson - president of the Commission for Basic System (CBS)

A representative of each regional association, designated by its president, participates in relevant activities of ICG-WIGOS

The chairperson may seek advice from, or invite experts, as necessary;

The Executive Council focal points on WIGOS will be ex-officio members of ICG-WIGOS to ensure a close link with the Council;









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