GCOS Steering Committee
The GCOS Steering Committee (SC) consists of up sixteen scientific and technical experts selected on the basis of their personal expertise. The Chairs of standing GCOS panels are members ex officio. The SC is appointed jointly by the Executive Heads of the GCOS sponsoring organizations by mutual consent.
Membership of the SC includes a balanced geographical representation of major operational and research observing programmes contributing to GCOS, as well as an appropriate mix of disciplines in atmospheric, oceanic, hydrological, cryospheric and biospheric sciences.
Terms of Reference
The functions of the GCOS Steering Committee are to formulate the overall concept and scope of the GCOS, and to provide scientific and technical guidance to sponsoring and participating organizations and agencies for the planning, implementation and further development of the GCOS.
Specifically, the Steering Committee will be called upon:
- To identify observational requirements, define design objectives and recommend coordinated actions by sponsoring and participating organizations and agencies, in order to optimize the system's performance and coherence, taking cognizance of the responsibilities, working arrangements and recommendations of established scientific and technical bodies of such organizations and agencies;
- To review and assess the development and implementation of the components of the GCOS, and report to the sponsoring organizations and to the participating agencies as required;
- To facilitate the exchange of information among sponsoring and participating organizations and agencies, and in general make the objectives, resource requirements capabilities and outputs of GCOS known to relevant national and international bodies.
Members (1 May 2013)
Dr Adrian Simmons (Chairman)
READING RG2 9AX
Dr Alan BELWARD
Joint Research Centre
Institutefor Environment and Sustainability
21020 ISPRA, Varese
Dr Barry GOODISON
OTTAWA, Ontario K2C 3L7
Dr D.E. Harrison Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
SEATTLE, WY 98115, USA
Dr Juliet Hermes
South African Environmental Observation Network Persequor Technopark
Dr Kazutoshi ONOGI
Climate Prediction Division
Japan Meteorological Agency
Dr Roger S. Pulwarty
Climate and Societal Interactions Division and
National Integrated Drought Information System
NOAA Climate Program and ESRL
BOULDER, Colorado, USA 80305