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Commission for Basic Systems (CBS)
Terms of Reference (ToR)

The Commission shall be responsible for matters relating to:
(a) Cooperation with Members, other technical commissions and relevant bodies in the development and operation of integrated systems for observing, data processing, telecommunications, and data management in response to requirements of all WMO Programmes and opportunities provided by technological developments;
(b) The assessment of opportunities for, and the provision of, a common infrastructure to meet the requirements defined by technical commissions and regional associations, as well as by organizations with whom WMO has relations, taking into account new applications of meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, and related environmental sciences;
(c) Development and implementation of the Public Weather Services Programme;
(d) The processing, storage and retrieval of basic data for meteorological and related purposes including, in particular, the organization of the Global Data-processing and Forecasting System of the World Weather Watch;
(e) The development and application of systems and techniques to meet user requirements including those of operational weather analysis and forecasting and of services for environmental emergency authorities;
(f) Observational systems, facilities and networks (land, sea, air, and space) as decided by Members including, in particular, all technical aspects of the Global Observing System of the World Weather Watch;
(g) Telecommunication networks, radio-frequency allocation and facilities for operational, research and applications purposes including, in particular, the organization of the Global Telecommunication System of the World Weather Watch;
(h) The development and application of operational procedures, schedules, and arrangements for the international exchange of observational data and processed information, in particular, through the Global Telecommunication System;
(i) The development and application of data management principles and procedures including monitoring and evaluation of the common infrastructure, in particular, of the World Weather Watch.

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