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The Expert Team on Meeting User Needs in Reducing the Impacts
of Hydrometeorological Hazards (CBS/OPAG-PWS ET/DPM)
(also referred to as the ET/DPM)

 

Purpose of the ET/DPM

members

The purpose of the Commission for Basic Systems Open Programme Area Group on Public Weather Services Expert Team on Meeting User Needs in Reducing the Impacts of Hydrometeorological Hazards (CBS/OPAG-PWS ET/DPM) is to advance the skills and capacities of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) for disaster prevention and mitigation.  The Expert Team is also referred to as the ET/DPM.

 

Terms of Reference (TORs)

Below are the Terms of Reference (TORs) for the ET/DPM, as approved by the Fifteenth Session of the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS-15), which was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, 10-15 September 2012:

  1. Monitor and report on the progress of recent initiatives of the Expert Team;

  2. Develop a template for an agreement document for fostering collaboration and partnership between National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and respective national Disaster Management Authorities (DMA) organizations;

  3. Provide guidance to NMHSs on how to develop impact-based information, forecast, and warning services on various time scales for Weather, Climate and Water (WCW) hazards;

  4. Keep under review the development of cross-border exchange of warnings with reference to the published WMO Guidelines;

  5. Monitor and survey the usefulness of the work of the Expert Team in assisting NMHSs to deliver improved products and services in reducing impact of WCW hazards;

  6. Engage other WMO Programmes, PWS Expert Teams, CBS OPAGs and Technical Commissions (TCs) to determine common areas of interest and possible collaboration;

  7. Assist NMHSs with the definition and development of work force competencies needed to effectively interact with the user community in the context of reducing impact of WCW hazards;

  8. Develop and maintain a list of experts in PWS aspects of reducing impact of WCW hazards who are willing to contribute to PWS training and development activities; and,

  9. Report to and make recommendations, as appropriate, to the ICT/PWS.

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