WMO Virtual Workshop on Environmental Sustainability of Observing Systems and Methods

Link to the Workshop Programme

Link to the Information Document

Link to the Workshop Presentations

Purpose of the workshop

  • Share information among initiative stakeholders (NMHSs, industry) via presentations and focussed discussions to establish common ground/baseline
  • Present and discuss key outcomes from survey and identify remaining gaps
  • Develop recommendations (to Members, to vendor community, to WMO) for path forward


  • Meteorological (surface, upper air) and marine domains
  • Focus on WMO Members and their perspective

Timing / Language

12 and 13 September 2023, from 11:00 to 15:30 UTC on both days.

The workshop will be conducted in English.


  • WMO Members
  • Vendor community
  • Any other interested parties

Workshop themes

  • Day 1: Observing systems
  • Day 2: Policies, practices, and standards

Agenda and Information Document

Link to the Workshop Programme

Link to the Information Document

Workshop Presentations Day 1

Workshop Presentations Day 2

Presentation and breakout session topics

  • Day 1: Observing systems
    • Identifying and mitigating the environmental impacts of existing observing systems (instruments and infrastructure)
    • New, innovative, and emerging technologies for more sustainable observing systems, including the use of renewable energy sources
    • Methods for monitoring and reporting the environmental performance/impacts of observing systems
  • Day 2: Policies, practices, and standards
    • National and international initiatives/case-studies on implementing sustainable observing system programs
    • Business practices and standards to promote and enhance sustainability outcomes (e.g. business management frameworks, approaches for shipping and decommissioning, updated standards for procurement)
    • Mechanisms to promote the environmental sustainability of observing systems and methods (e.g. policies, funding mechanisms, incentives)

Format for each day of workshop (fully virtual)

  • Presentations (90 mins)
    • Combination of invited and contributed presentations
    • 2 x 45 min sessions
  • Parallel breakout sessions (90 mins)
    • Day 1: 1) surface, 2) upper air, and 3) marine observations
      • Participants choose which group to attend
    • Day 2: groups randomly assigned
  • Plenary session (45 mins)
    • Full group reconvenes following breakout sessions
    • Desired outcome: development of recommendations based on discussion during breakout sessions
  • Health breaks (15 mins)


Link to Abstract registration form (deadline 12 August 2023) "CLOSED"

Link to Participant registration form (deadline 8 September 2023) "CLOSED"

Connection Details

The workshop will be conducted in Zoom. The connection details will be sent to all registered participants by email.