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Terms of Reference - OPAG on IOS

 

Implementation Coordination Team on Integrated Observing Systems (ICT-IOS)

 

Terms of Reference
(as approved by CBS-XV)

(a) Contribute to the implementation of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS), in response to guidance from ICG-WIGOS and in coordination with other relevant WMO Programmes and TCs; Provide relevant advice and support to the president of CBS;

(b) Coordinate the work of the OPAG-IOS Expert Teams, Inter-Programme Expert Teams, Steering Groups and Rapporteurs and report on results to the Commission for Basic Systems;

(c) Monitor, report and make recommendations regarding the utilization of the composite observing systems under WIGOS and their capability to meet the requirements of all relevant WMO and co-sponsored programmes;

(d) Review deficiencies in coverage and performance of the existing GOS; make proposals to improve the availability of data to meet stated requirements; monitor and report on progress in the evolution of the GOS;

(e) Coordinate and consolidate the development of standardized high quality observing practices and prepare related recommendations;

(f) Assess the impacts of introducing new technology systems into the GOS on the status of regional observing networks, particularly those affecting the role of developing countries;

(g) Consider and report on the issues of costing, joint funding and management of the GOS;

(h) Contribute to strengthening the collaboration between CBS and the regional associations, by providing advice on possible solutions for newly identified requirements;

(i) Coordinate the work of the Steering Group on Radio Frequency Coordination and report results, issues and provide recommendations regarding the work of this Group to the Commission for Basic Systems.


Inter Programme Expert Team on WIGOS Framework Implementation Matters (IPET-WIFI)

 

Terms of Reference
(as approved by CBS-XV)

(a) Address integration aspects of WIGOS as defined in the WIGOS Framework Implementation Plan;

(b) Provide technical advice, guidance, practices and procedures for WIGOS Framework Implementation; with priorities to be given to:

(i) WIGOS Regulatory Material (such as WIGOS Manual, GOS Manual and Guide), in collaboration with the relevant WMO Programmes and TCs;

(ii) Standards for basic WIGOS metadata (e.g., those agreed for international exchange and for WIGOS Operational DB), including the access to WIGOS metadata;

(iii) WIGOS Quality Management Framework, including monitoring;

(iv) WIGOS Information Resource, i.e. WIGOS databases, web portal;

(v) In collaboration with CIMO, development of Guidance for WIGOS standards and best practices;

(vi) Capacity development, education and outreach strategy;

(c) At the outset the IPET WIFI is envisaged to encompass four sub-groups:

(i) Sub-group on Regulatory Material;

(ii) Sub-group on Metadata (expert to be proposed by CIMO);

(iii) Sub-group on QM;

(iv) Sub-group on Information resource.


Inter Programme Expert Team on the Observing System Design and Evolution (IPET-OSDE)

 

Terms of Reference
(as approved by CBS-XV)

(a) Review and report on the observational data requirements of application areas¹ within the scope of WIGOS;

(b) Review and report on the capability of both surface-based and space-based systems that are components or candidate components of the evolving observing systems within the scope of WIGOS;

(c) Carry out the rolling requirements review of application areas leading to Statements of Guidance concerning the extent to which present and planned observing systems meet user requirements for observations;

(d) Review the implications of the Statements of Guidance concerning the strengths and deficiencies in the existing observing systems and evaluate the capabilities of new observing systems and possibilities for improvements and efficiencies;

(e) Carry out impact studies of real and hypothetical changes to observing systems with the assistance of NWP centres;

(f) Monitor and report progress against the new version of the Implementation Plan for Evolution of Global Observing Systems, based on the “Vision for the GOS in 2025”; identify new actions as necessary, taking into account developments within WIGOS, including those of the observations and monitoring pillar of the GFCS;

(g) Promote activities which enhance progress against the Implementation Plan for Evolution of Global Observing Systems;

(h) Propose updates to the “Vision for the GOS in 2025”, in response to evolving user requirements and observing system capabilities;

(i) Propose guidance regarding observing system network design principles;

(j) Prepare documents to assist Members, Technical Commissions, and Regional Associations, summarizing the results from the above activities;

(k) Provide advice and support to the Chairperson of OPAG-IOS on development and implementation of WIGOS.

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¹  WMO Application Areas include Global Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), High Resolution NWP, Nowcasting and Very Short-Range Forecasting (NVSRF), Seasonal to Inter-Annual Climate Prediction (SIAF), Aeronautical Meteorology, Atmospheric Chemistry, Ocean Applications, Agricultural Meteorology, Hydrology and Water Resources, Climate monitoring (GCOS), Climate applications (other aspects, CCl), Space Weather, and GTOS (non GCOS requirements of GTOS)


Expert Team on Surface Based Observing Systems (ET-SBO)

 

Terms of Reference
(as approved by CBS-XV)

(a) Contribute to the implementation of WIGOS by undertaking those tasks assigned to it by the OPAG IOS Chair from the WIGOS Framework Implementation Plan;

(b) Develop and update relevant elements of the Manual and the Guide on the GOS in the context of WIGOS, with initial priority on weather radar and AWSs;

(c) Monitor and assess the status of planned and operational surface-based observing systems and ensure this is adequately described in Volume A and metadata database(s) of Members’ observing system capabilities;

(d) In collaboration with IPET-OSDE, assess the contribution of current and planned SBO systems to meeting user requirements for all Application Areas;

(e) Facilitate the delivery of those EGOS-IP actions identified as priorities for OPAG-IOS;

(f) Monitor the status of operational networks of SBO systems, promote best practice among WMO Members and provide advice on operational matters;

(g) Assess the potential contribution of new and emerging SBO technologies in meeting the Vision for the GOS in 2025, in collaboration with CIMO;

(h) Provide advice and support to the Chairperson of OPAG-IOS on the implementation of the WIGOS framework and its operational aspects.


Expert Team on Satellite Systems (ET-SAT)

 

Terms of Reference
(as approved by CBS-XV)

(a) Assist CBS in assessing the status of implementation of the space-based subsystem of WIGOS and the adequacy of implementation plans for meeting established requirements for satellite data and products;

(b) Provide technical advice with respect to both operational and R&D environmental satellites to assist in the implementation of integrated WMO-coordinated observing systems;

(c) Identify and assess opportunities and/or problem areas concerning satellite technology and plans of relevant satellite operators, and inform CBS timely and comprehensively through the ICT-IOS;

(d) Assess the prospects, plans and progress of R&D and demonstration satellite systems, technologies and mission with regard to their operational use or transition to operational service;

(e) Coordinate with other relevant CBS Teams on satellite related issues, programmes, systems and technologies;

(f) Coordinate with ET-SUP with a view to making recommendations and receiving input on matters, such as the exchange, management, and archiving of satellite data and products, radio frequency utilization, as well as education and training and other appropriate capacity-building measures related to the use of satellite data in all WMO Programmes;

(g) Hold joint and/or overlapping meetings as appropriate with ET-SUP, to facilitate interaction between users and providers of satellite systems, data and products.


Expert Team on Satellite Utilization and Products (ET-SUP)

 

Terms of Reference
(as approved by CBS-XV)

(a) Monitor the progress of satellite data availability and use by WMO Members, related issues and expectations, with the aim to publish findings and recommendations in a WMO document;

(b) Provide advice and support to the development and implementation of WIGOS, from a satellite user's perspective and coordinate with ET-SAT and IPET-OSDE on the evolution of the space-based component of Global Observing Systems;

(c) Initiate and promote activities to improve the availability of operational and R&D satellite data according to user needs, monitor these activities in close coordination with the relevant working group(s), regional associations and with WIS activities;

(d) Review present and future R&D satellite data and products including their availability and potential applications, and provide advice with a view of increased utilization by WMO Members;

(e) Review, and assist in addressing, the needs of WMO Members and regional associations for information regarding satellite capabilities and in particular access to and utilization of satellite data and products;

(f) Promote development and harmonization of satellite data and products responding to WMO Members’ needs;

(g) Keep under review the needs of WMO Members for training in satellite meteorology and related fields, and engage with the Management Group of the Virtual Laboratory for Education and Training in Satellite Meteorology (VLab) to address these needs, towards full utilization of satellite data from operational and R&D satellites, in accordance with the 2009-2013 Virtual Laboratory Training Strategy;

(h) Holding joint and/or overlapping meetings with ET-SAT as appropriate, to facilitate interaction between users and providers of satellite systems, data and products;

(i) Coordinate with ET-SAT with a view to making recommendations and receiving input on matters, such as the exchange, management, and archiving of satellite data and products, radio frequency utilization, as well as education and training and other appropriate capacity-building measures related to the use of satellite data in all WMO Programmes.


Expert Team on Aircraft Based Observing Systems (ET-ABO)

 

Terms of Reference
(as approved by CBS-XV)

(a) Manage the programme for the aircraft observing system and the budget for the corresponding expenditure of the AMDAR Trust Fund in line with its ToR;

(b) Oversee the development and maintenance of the aircraft observations Quality Management System;

(c) Oversee the scientific and technical development and maintenance of the aircraft observing system;

(d) Oversee and assist in the enhancement and optimization of the aircraft observing system in line with the requirements of Members and the recommendations and actions of the EGOS-IP;

(e) Assist and provide support for training and outreach activities to support promotion and further development of the aircraft observing system;

(f) Provide advice and support to the Chairperson of OPAG-IOS on the implementation of the WIGOS framework and its operational aspects.


Steering Group on Radio Frequencies Coordination(SG-RFC)

 

Terms of Reference
(as approved by CBS-XV)

(a) Keep under review allocations of radio frequency bands and frequency assignments of systems and applications for meteorological activities including their operational requirements (telecommunications, instruments, sensors, etc.) and research purposes, in close coordination with other technical commissions, especially CIMO, and the CBS/OPAG-ISS;

(b) Coordinate with WMO Members, with the assistance of the WMO Secretariat, to:

(i) Ensure the availability of radio-frequency spectrum to meteorological and other environment monitoring radiocommunication services;

(ii) Ensure the proper notification and registration of frequency assignments used for meteorological purpose;

(iii) Identify the future use of the radio-frequency spectrum for meteorological purpose;

(c) Keep abreast of the activities of the Radiocommunication Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R), and in particular of the Radiocommunication Study Groups, on radio frequency matters pertaining to meteorological activities, and represent WMO in ITU-R work;

(d) Prepare and coordinate proposals and advice to WMO Members on radio regulation matters pertaining to meteorological activities with a view to ITU Radiocommunication Study Groups, Radiocommunication Assemblies (RA), World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) and related global and regional preparatory meetings;

(e) Facilitate the cooperation between WMO Members for the use of frequency bands allocated to meteorological and environment monitoring radiocommunication services with respect to:

(i) Coordination of radio-frequency spectrum use and frequency assignments between countries;

(ii) Sharing the same frequency bands between various radiocommunication services (e.g. meteorological aids and meteorological-satellite services (to provide compatibility between radiosondes and data collection platforms);

(f) Facilitate the coordination of WMO frequency use activities with other international organizations which address radio spectrum management issues, including specialized organizations (e.g. CGMS, the Space Frequency Coordination Group (SFCG)) and regional telecommunication organizations, such as the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), the Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (RCC); the African Telecommunication Union (ATU), and the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG);

(g) Assist WMO Members, upon request, in coordination of frequency assignments of radiocommunication systems sharing a frequency band with meteorological radiocommunication systems in the ITU;

(h) Increase the understanding of NMHS role in radio frequency coordination and the importance of the close collaboration with the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) in the accomplishment of the WMO priority activities, in particular GFCS, WIGOS and WIS.


Rapporteurs on Scientific Evaluation of Impact Studies (R-SEIS)

 

Terms of Reference
(as approved by CBS-XV)

(a) Prepare and maintain reviews of OSEs, OSSEs and other observational data impact studies undertaken by various NWP centres around the globe and provide information for consideration by the OPAG on IOS;

(b) Organize the Sixth Workshop on the Impact of Various Observing Systems on Numerical Weather Prediction in 2016 and Chair the organizing committee;

(c) Provide input to the ICT-IOS and the IPET-OSDE regarding the evolution of the WIGOS observing system components;

(d) Provide advice and support to the Chairperson of OPAG on IOS on implementation of WIGOS.


Rapporteur on Marine Observing Systems (R-MAR)

 

Terms of Reference
(as approved by CBS-XV)

(a) Collect information on the status of marine (i.e. marine meteorological and oceanographic) observations from the JCOMM approved sources;

(b) Liaise with appropriate JCOMM Expert Teams, Groups, Observation Panels (DBCP, SOT, GLOSS), and associated Programmes (Argo, IOCCP, OceanSITES) to ensure that the actions from the EGOS-IP are being addressed and that JCOMM Implementation Goals are being considered by the OPAG IOS;

(c) Provide input to the Chair of OPAG-IOS and Chair of IPET-OSDE on issues related to the implementation of marine observing systems, and their contribution to WIGOS Implementation;

(d) Liaise with the RRR point of contact for Ocean Applications concerning user requirements and gap analysis;

(e) Keep abreast of developments in marine observing systems and advise on coordinated assessment and implementation developments.


 

 

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