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 September 2014)
|Dr Stephen Briggs (Chairman)||European Space Agency European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) Harwell Science, Innovation and Business Campus Oxforshire OX11 0QX United Kingdom|
|Dr Alan BELWARD||
Joint Research Centre (JRC) Institute for Environment and Sustainability 21020 Ispra, Varese Italy
|Dr Barry GOODISON||Environment Canada Ottawa, Ontario K2C 3L7 Canada|
|Dr D.E. HARRISON||Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory NOAA/PMEL/OCRD Seattle, WY 98115 United States|
|Dr Juliette HERMES||South African Environmental Observation Network Persequor Technopark Pretoria South Africa|
|Dr Katzutoshi ONOGI||Climate Prediction Division Japan Meteorological Agency Tokyo 100-8122 Japan|
Dr Roger S. PULWARTY
Climate and Societal Interactions Division National Integrated Drought Information System NOAA Climate Programme and ESRL Boulder, Colorado, 80305 United States