Commission for Basic Systems Open Programme Area Group on Integrated Observing Systems, Expert Team on Aircraft-Based Observing Systems: final report
This meeting was a particularly important one for the expert team, being the first opportunity to openly and formally discuss the possible future collaboration between WMO and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on the operation of the AMDAR programme. While the discussion raised a number of issues to be subsequently addressed, the team welcomed and fully endorsed the establishment of the IATA-WMO Working Arrangement that had been approved by the 69th session of the WMO Executive Council and agreed to undertake to work with IATA on the development of the proposed Concept of Operations under which the AMDAR programme might function. Other important matters discussed and decided upon included, the steps to finalise the newly approved WMO Guide to Aircraft-Based Observations and to maintain it in the future, the development of the WIGOS, OSCAR/Surface interface and metadata repository for aircraftbased observations, the EC approval of the designation of the Global Data Centre for Aircraft- Based Observations and the required actions for it to commence operations, and the update of the WIGOS Data Quality Monitoring System for ABO. The meeting also provided participants with the latest information relating to the development of the AMDAR observing system and aircraft-based observations at the national and regional levels and also on the various technical areas, including AMDAR software development, water vapour measurement, turbulence reporting and derivation of data from other sources such as the Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADS) and Mode S systems. The meeting also discussed in detail and updated the work plan of the expert team, agreeing on priorities in various tasks and activities including technical development, data management, aviation interaction and outreach and others. The WMO Secretariat and the ET-ABO thank Dr Sakya and the staff of BMKG for kindly hosting the meeting, for providing such an excellent venue and for the professional organisation of logistics for both the regional workshop and the meeting of the ET-ABO.
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