Aircraft-Based Observations Work Teams


  1. ABO Programme

  2. ABO Focal Points

  3. AMDAR Trust Fund

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Aircraft-based Observations Programme

At its 70th Session (EC-70, June 2018), the WMO Executive Council approved the formation of the CBS Inter-Programme Expert Team on Aircraft-Based Observations (IPET-ABO). This team, to be jointly managed by the CBS and CIMO technical commission, is to be responsible for all international aspects of aircraft-based observations, replacing the former CBS Expert Team on Aircraft-Based Observing Systems and the CIMO Expert Team on Aircraft-based Observations.

The IPET-ABO will be responsible for coordination of international activites of the Aircraft-Based Observations Programme, which will be supported by the AMDAR Trust Fund.

Aircraft-based Observations Focal Points

The Secretariat maintains a list of Focal Points on Aircraft-based Observations and AMDAR, which are nominated by the Permanent Representatives to WMO.

An email list of Focal Points is also maintained for communications and correspondence on Aircraft-based Observations and the AMDAR observing system. Members wishing to nominate Focal Points should contact the Secretariat.

A record of email correspondence via the Focal Points email list is available online to Focal Points that have registered their emails address as a Google Account.

AMDAR Trust Fund

The AMDAR Trust Fund, which was previously contributed to by WMO Members to support the work of the WMO AMDAR Panel, continues to be operated as a means for supporting the ongoing development and maintenance of the AMDAR Observing System and the Work Program of the Aircraft-based Observations Work Teams.

The Terms of Reference for the AMDAR Trust Fund, as approved by the WMO Secretary General and the Presidents of CBS and CIMO are available here.

It is important that, in line with the Resolution 3 by Cg-XVI (2011), Members continue
providing contributions to the AMDAR Trust Fund for the support of technical developments and capacity-building related to Aircraft-based Observations and AMDAR.