WMO Information System is strengthened
Two new Global Information System Centres have become operational under the
World Meteorological Organization Information System which aims to improve
and expand the current exchange of weather, climate and water data.
Global Information System Centres Seoul (Republic of Korea) and Melbourne
(Australia) became operational 29 March and 16 April 2013 respectively. They
join Beijing (China); Exeter (UK), Offenbach (Germany), Tokyo (Japan), and
Toulouse (France), which became operational in 2012.
The WMO Information System makes it easier to find and use meteorological
observations and products and to share them with a wide variety of stakeholders
such as the research and disaster risk reduction communities. Successfully
receiving, transmitting and handling weather, climate and environmental
information is vital for sustainable economic development.
The WMO Information System allows users outside the meteorological
community to access this information for the first time. This will be especially
important as WMO moves ahead with other U.N. and international partners with
the Global Framework for Climate Services which aims to provide basic climate
services for all in the food security, water management, disaster risk reduction
and health sectors.
The WMO Information System builds on the proven success of the Global
Telecommunication System (GTS) of WMO’s World Weather Watch,
now celebrating its 50th anniversary. The GTS has been the backbone of
meteorological information exchange and is used for daily weather observations
and forecasts, tropical cyclone warnings and Tsunami alerts – to name but a few
Centres in the WMO Information System are catagorised into one of three types
of data centres:
•National Centres collect and distribute data on a national basis.
They generate quality controlled analysis and forecast products, and
services, including archiving national climate information. The National
Meteorological or Hydrological Service coordinate or authorize the use of
the WIS by national users.
•Data Collection or Production Centres are similar to National Centres but
focus on thematic, regional or global collection and/or production of sets
of data, forecast products, processed or value-added information, and/or
for providing archiving services.
•Global Information System Centres connect to each other through a
high speed private telecommunication network. They rapidly share
information meant for routine global dissemination that they collect from
National Centres and Data Collection or Production Centres in their area
of responsibility . They also serve as distribution centres into their areas points, through unified portals and comprehensive metadata catalogues,
for any request for data exchanged within the WIS.
South-West Pacific Workshop
A workshop for members of WMO’s Regional Association for the South-west
Pacific will be held 29 April – 3 May 2013 to help National Meteorological and
Hydrological Services in the region develop capacity to participate in the WMO
Information System. The workshop will also how to exchange observed and
forecast weather data and products using WMO’s standard exchange formats.
The workshop is being sponsored by AusAID Pacific Public Sector Linkage
Program (PSLP) for Pacific Island Countries, with contributions from WMO and
the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
The workshop in Melbourne will prepare partner countries to adopt the best
practice for the free and open international exchange of weather and climate
information and products through a more comprehensive information service
using WIS which builds upon the success of the WMO Global Telecommunication