in Bulletin > Vol. 62(1) (2013) . - p. 9-16
Three jewels shine particularly brightly in the crown of the World Weather Watch: the Global Observing System (GOS), the Global Telecommunication System (GTS) and the Global Data-processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS). As envisaged in the original, visionary plan for the WWW, these individual components deliver their achievements not in isolation but through their connection from end-to-end and through the strong user requirements process that underpins them. The combined achievement is far greater than the sum of the parts, and no single component would be able to deliver the intended benefits on its own. However, GOS is arguably unique in being the foundation on which the others stand, in providing the essential observations subsequently disseminated through the GTS and assimilated and processed into forecasting products through the GDPFS.
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