VISION OF THE
To ensure achievable standards and sustainable improvement of observing technologies for Members, the Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation will:
(a) Promote the effective and economic development, implementation and use of instruments for meteorological, climatological, hydrological, oceanic and related geophysical and environmental observations under varying environmental conditions and in differing technical infrastructures as required;
(b) Develop, publish and provide effective access to standards, guidance material, for example, the Guide to Meteorological Instruments and Methods of Observation (WMO-No. 8), on instrumentation, reliable methods of observation, quality assurance, including instrument calibration and measurement traceability, performance specifications and issues associated with compatibility of instruments, interoperability between in situ and remotely sensed observations needed to operate observing networks for meteorology, climatology, hydrology, and other relevant environmental observations;
(c) Coordinate the introduction of new technologies together with the scientific community, instrument manufacturers and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, evaluate them by appropriate methods, for example, instrument intercomparisons or testbed operations, and provide advice to facilitate introduction into operational use;
(d) Expand the scope of its work to take into account the increasing requirements of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System, Global Framework for Climate Services and disaster risk reduction, and coordinate with other relevant technical commissions as well as regional associations in the development of instruments suitable to difficult climate and social environments, and in training and other capacity-building activities.
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