Acronyms and Abbreviations in GAW

Acronyms and abbreviations used in GAW:


ABC Atmospheric Brown Cloud
ACCENT Atmospheric Composition Change European Network of Excellence
ACE Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment
AGAGE Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment
AGGI Annual Greenhouse Gas Index
AGU American Geophysical Union
AIRS Advanced InfraRed Sounder (instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite)
AMAP Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme
AMDAR Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay Programme
AMIS Air Management Information System 
AOD Aerosol Optical Depth
AREP Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme 
ASEAN Association of South-East Asian Nations
ASRC-SUNY Atmospheric Sciences Research Centre, State University of New York (SUNY), Albany NY, USA
ATMOS Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy
BAPMoN Background Air Pollution Monitoring Network
BIPM Bureau of International Weights and Measures
BoM Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia
BSRN Baseline Surface Radiation Network
CACGP Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution
CAPMoN Canadian Air and Precipitation Monitoring Network
CARIBIC Civil Aircraft for the Regular Investigation of the atmosphere Based on an Instrument Container
CAS Commission for Atmospheric Sciences
CAS WG CAS Working Group on Environmental Pollution and Atmospheric Chemistry (replaced by the JSC OPAG-EPAC)
CBS Commission for Basic Systems
CCalL Central Calibration Laboratory
CCL Central Calibration Laboratory, in most cases host of the designated WMO standard for a particular variable
CCN Cloud Condensation Nuclei
CEOPs Coordinated Enhanced Observing Periods
CEOS Committee on Earth Observation Satellites
CFCs Chlorofluorocarbons
CG Congress
CGMS Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites
CIMO Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation
CIPM Committee for International Weights and Measures
CLAES Cryogenic Limb Array Etalon Spectrometer
CLIVAR Climate Variability and Predictability
CLRTAP Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution
CMAR CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
CMDL Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic Laboratory, NOAA (now Global Monitoring Division of the Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA ESRL)
COST European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research
COST715 Urban meteorology applied to air pollution problems
CRISTA CRyogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere
CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
DA Data Assimilation
DEBITS Deposition of Biogeochemically Important Trace Species
DLR German Aerospace Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Wessling, Germany
DOAS Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy
DOAS/SAOZ Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy/Système d’Analyse par Observations Zénithales
DQO Data Quality Objective
EANET Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia
EARLINET European Aerosol Research Lidar Network to Establish an Aerosol Climatology
EC Executive Council of WMO
EC European Commission
ECC Electro Chemical Sonde
ECD Electron Capture Detection
ECMWF European Centre of Medium Range Weather Forecast
ECVs Essential Climate Variables
EEA European Environment Agency
EGU European Geosciences Union
EMEP Cooperative Programme for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Long-range Transmission of Air Pollutants in Europe
EML Environmental Measurements Laboratory, New York, USA
Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research, Dübendorf, Switzerland
ENV Environment Division of the Secretariat of the World Meteorological Organization
EPAC Environmental Pollution and Atmospheric Chemistry
ERI European Research Infrastructure
ESA European Space Agency
ESRL Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA
ETEX European Tracer Experiment
ET-NRT CDT Expert Team on Near-real-time Chemical Data Transfer
ET-WDC Expert Team World Data Centre
EU European Union
EUROHYDROS European Network for Atmospheric Hydrogen observations and studies
EUROTRAC European Experiment on Transport and Transformation of Environmentally Relevant Trace Constituents in the Troposphere over Europe
EUSAAR European Supersites for Atmospheric Aerosol Research
EUVDB European UV Data Base
FLUXNET International network measuring terrestrial carbon, water and energy fluxes 
FMI Finnish Meteorological Institute
FTIR Fourier Transform Infrared (Spectroscopy)
FUMAPEX Integrated Systems for Forecasting Urban Meteorology, Air Pollution and Population Exposure
FZ-Jülich Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
GALION GAW Aerosol Lidar Observation Network
GAMeS Global Atmospheric Methane Synthesis
GAW Global Atmosphere Watch
GAW-CCL GAW Central Calibration Laboratory
GAWSIS GAW Station Information System
GAWTEC GAW Training and Education Centre
GC Gas Chromatography
GCM General Circulation Model
GCOS Global Climate Observing System
GEF Global Environment Facility
GEMS Global and regional Earth-system Monitoring using Satellite and in situ data
GEO Group on Earth Observations
GEOMON Global Earth Observation and monitoring
GEOSS Global Earth Observation System of Systems
GESAMP Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection
GHG Greenhouse Gas
GLOBEC Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics
GMES Global Monitoring for Environment and Security
GOME Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment
GOME2 Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment 2
GPCP Global Precipitation Chemistry Programme
GSP GAW Strategic Plan
GSRN Global Surface Radiation Network
GTS Global Telecommunication System
GTT GURME Training Team
GURME GAW Urban Research Meteorology and Environment Project
HALOE Halogen Occultation Experiment
HCFC Hydrochlorofluorocarbons
HFCs Hydrofluorocompounds
HTAP Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution
IADV Interactive Data Visualization
IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency
IAGOS-MOZAIC Integration of routine Aircraft Observations into a Global Observing System
IAI Inter American Institute for Global Change Research
IAPSAG International Aerosol Precipitation Science Assessment Group
ICSU International Council for Science
ICTT QMF Inter-Commission Task Team on Quality Management Framework
IFT Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, Germany
IFU Fraunhofer Institut fur Atmospharishe Umweltforschung, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
IGAC International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project
IGACO Integrated Global Atmospheric Chemistry Observations
IGBP International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
IGOS Integrated Global Observing Strategy
IGY International Geophysical Year
IHALACE International Halocarbon Intercomparison Experiment
ILAS Improved Limb Atmospheric Spectrometer
iLEAPS Integrated Land Ecosystem – Atmosphere Processes Study
IM Inverse Modelling
IMBER Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research
IMK Institut Für Meteorologie und Klimatologie
IMK-IFU Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
IMPROVE Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments
IOC International Ozone Commission
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
IPET-MI Inter-Programme Expert Team on Metadata Implementation
IPY International Polar Year
IRC International Radiation Commission
ISAP International Science Advisory Panel
ISO International Organization for Standardization
ISWS Illinois State Water Survey
IUGG International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
IZO Izaña Observatory, Tenerife, Spain
JGOFS Joint Global Ocean Flux Study
JMA Japan Meteorological Agency
JOSIE Julich Ozone Sonde Intercomparison Experiments
JRC Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy
JSC Joint Scientific Steering Committee
JSC OPAG-EPAC Joint Scientific Committee of the Open Area Programme Group on Environmental Pollution and Atmospheric Chemistry
LIDAR Light Detection And Ranging
LRTAP Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution
MEDPOL Mediterranean Pollution Monitoring and Research Programme
MGO Main Geophysical Observatory, St Petersburg, Russian Federation
MLS Microwave Limb Sounder
MOHp Meteorological Observatory Hohenpeissenberg, Germany
MOPITT Measurements Of Pollution In The Troposphere
MOZAIC Measurement of Ozone by Airbus In-service airCraft
MSC Meteorological Service of Canada- formerly Atmospheric Environment Services (AES), Toronto, Canada
NADP National Atmospheric Deposition Programme (in the United States of America)
NARSTO North American Research Strategy for Tropospheric Ozone
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NCEP National Centres for Environmental Prediction
NDACC Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change
NDSC Network for the Detection of Stratospheric Change
NH Northern Hemisphere
NILU Norwegian Institute for Air Research
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg MD, USA
NMHS National Meteorological and Hydrological Service
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
NOMHICE Non-Methane Hydrocarbon Intercomparison Experiment
NRT Near-real-time, specifying observations ‘not older than 1-2 hours that can be incorporated into the data assimilation schemes of weather or air quality forecast models’
NSF National Science Foundation
NWP Numerical Weather Prediction
OCBA Observatorio Central Buenos Aires, Argentina
OCO Orbiting Carbon Observatory
OMI Ozone Monitoring Instruments
OMPS Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite
OPAG Open Programme Area Group
OSG Operations Support Group
PC Precipitation Chemistry
PFR Precision filter radiometer
PMOD/WRC Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos/World Radiation Centre, Switzerland
POAM Polar Ozone and Aerosol Measurement
POPs Persistent organic pollutants
QA Quality Assurance
QA/QC Quality Assurance/Quality Control
QA/SAC Quality Assurance/Science Activity Centre
QAPjP Quality Assurance Project Plan
QASUME Quality Assurance of Spectral Measurements in Europe
QMF Quality Management Framework
QMS Quality Management System
RA WMO Regional Association
RCC Regional Calibration Centre
RDCC Regional Dobson Calibration Centre
RG Reactive Gases
SAG Scientific Advisory Group
SAGE Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment
SAWS South African Weather Service, Pretoria, South Africa
SBUV Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Instrument
SCIAMACHY Scanning Imaging Absorption SpectroMeter for Atmospheric ChartographY
SCOUT-O3 Stratospheric-Climate links with emphasis On the Upper Troposphere and lower stratosphere
SH Southern Hemisphere
SHADOZ Southern Hemisphere Additional Ozonesondes programme
SMN Servicio Meteorologico Nacional, Argentina
SOLAS Surface Ocean – Lower Atmosphere Study 
SOO-HK Solar and Ozone Observatory Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
SOOP Ship-of-Opportunity Programme, a joint IOC-WMO programme
SOPs Standard Operating Procedures
SPARC Stratospheric Processes and Their Role in Climate
SRRB Surface Radiation Research Branch of NOAA's Air Resources Laboratory (now part of NOAA ESRL)
STE Stratosphere/Troposphere Exchange
SUNY State University of New York
TCCON Total Column Carbon Observing Network
TF HTAP Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution
TOMS Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer
UARS Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite
UBA Umweltbundesamt/The Federal Environmental Agency, Germany
UFS Umweltforschungsstation Schneefernerhaus
UNCED United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
UNDP United Nations Development Programme
UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
UNECE-LRTAP United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCAP United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UV Ultraviolet Radiation
VCP WMO Voluntary Co-operation Programme
VOCs Volatile Organic Compounds
VOS Voluntary Observing Ship
WCC World Calibration Centre
WCCAC World Calibration Centre for Aerosol Chemistry
WCCAP World Calibration Centre for Aerosol Physics
WCCOS World Calibration Centre for Ozone Sondes 
WCP World Climate Programme
WCRP World Climate Research Programme
WDC World Data Centre
WDCA World Data Centre for Aerosols
WDCGG World Data Centre for Greenhouse Gases
WDCPC World Data Centre for Precipitation Chemistry
WDC-RSAT World Data Centre for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
WHO World Health Organization
WIDAC World Integrated Data Archive Centre
WIGOS WMO Integrated Global Observing System
WIS WMO Information System
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WOCE World Ocean Circulation Experiment
WORCC World Optical Depth Research and Calibration Centre
WOUDC World Ozone and UV Data Centre
WRC World Radiation Centre
WRDC World Radiation Data Centre, St Petersburg, Russia
WRMC World Radiation Monitoring Centre
WWRP World Weather Research Programme
WWW World Weather Watch Programme