RA II Working Group on Observation, Infrastructure and Information Systems


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Under the guidance of the president of RA II and the MG, and in collaboration with the relevant bodies of the Commission for Observation, Infrastructure and Information Systems (INFCOM),

(1) Follow up on the resolutions, decisions and recommendations of the World Meteorological Congress, the Executive Council, RA II and RA II MG, Technical Commissions and the Research Board, addressing observation and infrastructure related matters (Strategic Goals 2 and 4), for the activities to be undertaken at a regional level;

(2) Identify and regularly monitor critical gaps and needs for improvement in RA II Members’ capabilities, particularly for developing Members, to implement WMO standards and regulations, including the implementation of the regional aspects of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS), the Global Basic Observing Network (GBON), the WMO Information System 2.0 (WIS 2.0) and WMO Global Data-processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS) implementation plans, and develop a regional roadmap and implementation plan to support Members as needed and promote and support capacity-development activities (Strategic Goal 4);

(3) Draft and update the infrastructure component of the RA II Operating Plan, with regards to activities pertaining to Observation, Infrastructure, Information and Data-processing and Forecasting Systems for the approval of the RA II sessions; Establish, with the support of the regional office, the regional infrastructure systems baselines and benchmarks in the RA II Operating Plan for each RA II Member, brief the progress to the RA II MG on a regular basis, for facilitating the improvements, supports and monitoring progress;

(4) Provide feedback to INFCOM on RA II Members' requirements and needs on Observation, Infrastructure and Information Systems including providing inputs to the proposed work plan of the Commission;

(5) Collaborate with RA II Members, INFCOM and other bodies, as necessary, to support, monitor and regularly review and audit relevant regional centres established by WMO bodies, ensuring that the services and functions being delivered by them continue to respond to the needs of the region and are in compliance with WMO standards and guidelines;

(6) Consult with INFCOM on the identification of common experts to assist with the sharing of regional priorities and requirements and the implementation of technical priorities and associated capacity-building activities;

(7) Propose and monitor RA II pilot and demonstration projects, workshops and forums, and share information on these in advance, with the support of Members;

(8) Facilitate the sharing of knowledge, experience and technology among RA II Members;

(9) Submit annual reports to the president of RA II, according to the RA II Operating Plan and share the report with Members and the Management Group of INFCOM.

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