The fourth session of the Expert Team on Marine Climatology (ETMC) was held at the Project Office of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, Ostend, Belgium, from 26 to 28 November 2012. Members of the Task Team on the Marine Climate Data System (MCDS) were also invited to the meeting as MCDS was high in the agenda for this meeting.
The main goals of the meeting were to address guidance from the fourth session of the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM), which was held in Yeosu, Republic of Korea, from 23 to 31 May 2012, and advance the team work programme during this JCOMM intersessional period according to JCOMM-4 priority activities for the Data Management Programme Area (DMPA) during this period. In particular, an important goal of the meeting was to review the development of the new MCDS as a follow up of the modernization of the Marine Climatology Summaries Scheme (MCSS) (established in 1963), and agree on the MCDS strategy and implementation plan.
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