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Position Papers on RCOFs

An important outcome expected from the international expert meeting RCOF Review 2008 (3-7 November 2008, Arusha, Tanzania) convened by WMO is the development of position papers devoted to the issues central to RCOF operations and further development. Specific topics identified for position papers include the following, along with the lead coordinators who are helping with the task:

Lead Coordinator
RCOF Operational Practices J-P Ceron
Meteo France, Toulouse, France
User Liaison in RCOFs, including sector-specific outlook forums R Martinez
CIIFEN, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Verification of RCOF Products S Mason
IRI, Palisades, USA
Integration of Research into RCOFs : Approaches and Research Prioritization F Semazzi
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA
Capacity building in RCOFs J Pahalad
Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia
Sustainability of RCOFs including resource mobilization, regional ownership and cost-effective practices L Ogallo
ICPAC, Nairobi, Kenya

The position papers are expected to include recommendations to the regional and national stakeholders, and to the WMO and its international partners as well as sponsoring agencies. The lead coordinator identified for each of the position papers will initiate discussions among the peers and develop the papers in an iterative process. The position papers will be presented at the end of RCOF Review 2008, discussed and adopted by the meeting. The lead coordinators can be contacted by email by clicking on their names above, for more information on the position papers and also for providing inputs for their consideration.





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