Implementation of the WIGOS (2012-2015)
The WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) provides a new framework for WMO observing systems and the contributions of WMO to co-sponsored observing systems. It is important to recognize that WIGOS is not replacing the existing observing systems, but is rather an over-arching framework for the evolution of these systems which will continue to be owned and operated by a diverse array of organizations and programmes.
WIGOS will focus on the integration of governance and management functions, mechanisms and activities to be accomplished by contributing observing systems, according to the resources allocated on a global, regional and national level.
The Plan for the Implementation of WIGOS (WIP) (available under "Basic Documents" in all WMO languages) addresses the necessary activities to establish an operational WIGOS by the end of the period 2012-2015, as per the direction of WMO Congress. It identifies and describes the following activity areas: (a) management of WIGOS implementation, (b) collaboration with WMO and co-sponsored observing systems, (c) design, planning, and optimized evolution of WIGOS observing components, (d) integrated observing system operation and maintenance, (e) integrated quality management, (f) standardization, system interoperability, and data compatibility, (g) the WIGOS operational information resource, (h) data and metadata management, delivery, and archival, (i) capacity development, and (j) communication and outreach. The WIP also addresses a number of additional activities that would substantially improve the operational capabilities of WIGOS beyond the 2012-2015 implementation.
The WIP also addresses a number of additional activities that would substantially improve the operational capabilities of WIGOS beyond the 2012-2015 implementation; however these activities are dependent on resources in addition to the regular budget. If these activities are not completed, WIGOS can still be considered operational. The resulting system will, however, be less effective in achieving its goals and benefits to Members will be reduced or delayed.
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