The Executive Council (EC) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) held its fifty-first session from 27 to 29 May 1999 at the WMO Headquarters, after the closure of the Thirteenth World Meteorological Congress at the Geneva International Conference Centre, under the chairpersonship of Mr J. W. Zillman, President of WMO.Resolution 10 (EC-lI)

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(1) Resolution 9 (EC-XLVI) — Executive Council Working Group on Antarctic Meteorology,

(2) Resolution 6 (Cg-XII) — WMO Antarctic activities,

Considering that there is a need for meteorological and other environmental data from the Antarctic for the full implementation of the World Weather Watch and monitoring of climate change and of the ozone layer over the Antarctic,


(1) To maintain the EC Working Group on Antarctic Meteorology with the following terms of reference:

(a) To promote the execution of the resolutions of Congress and the Executive Council in the area from 60S to 90S;

(b) To provide guidance in the development of the relevant parts of the WMO Long-term Plan;

(c) To coordinate programmes of surface and upper-air meteorological observations in the Antarctic;

(d) To develop the most appropriate schemes for the collection and dissemination of meteorological data for operational purposes;

(e) To stimulate the development and regular updating of national databases of non-real-time meteorological data for the Antarctic;

(f) To develop and recommend regional coding practices which are to be applied in the Antarctic;

(g) To study problems relating to instruments and methods of observation peculiar to the Antarctic;

(h) To discuss questions and to make recommendations on meteorological research and operations related to the Antarctic;

(i) To maintain active contacts with other groups or bodies, such as SCAR, JSC, COMNAP, IOC, WMO’s technical commissions and others with regard to aspects of Antarctic meteorology of particular relevance to their functions;

(j) To provide, as necessary, through its chairperson or other representative, information on meteorological activities in the Antarctic to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, including its Committee for Environmental Protection;

(k) To support, as necessary, the international programmes related to climate change studies and prediction such as WCRP, GCOS and GOOS;

(2) That the working group make recommendations, as necessary, to the Executive Council within its terms of reference;

(3) That the working group will be composed of members nominated by the Permanent Representatives of Members which are Parties to the Antarctic Treaty and of Members which have not yet acceded to the Treaty but which have active meteorological programmes in the Antarctic;

Requests the Secretary-General:

(1) To arrange for necessary sessions of the working group and to provide the necessary Secretariat support;

(2) To arrange that the relevant recommendations of the working group be transmitted to Members which are Parties to the Antarctic Treaty for comment prior to the consideration by the Executive Council.