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Steering Group on Radio-Frequency Coordination

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Steering Group on Radio-frequency Coordination (SG RFC) (a) Under the direction of the chairperson of the OPAG-IOS, undertake tasks and provide advice on and support for the implementation of the WIGOS framework and the priority activities of the WIGOS pre-operational phase;(b) Review allocations of radio frequency bands and frequency assignments of systems and applications for meteorological activities including their operational requirements (telecommunications, instruments, sensors, etc.) and research purposes, in close coordination with other technical commissions, especially CIMO, and the CBS/OPAG-ISS;(c) Coordinate with WMO Members, with the assistance of the WMO Secretariat, to: (i)Ensure the availability of radio-frequency spectrum to meteorological and other environment monitoring radiocommunication services; (ii)Ensure the proper notification and registration of frequency assignments used for meteorological purpose; (iii)Identify the future use of the radio-frequency spectrum for meteorological purpose;(d)Keep abreast of the activities of the Radiocommunication Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R), and in particular of the Radiocommunication Study Groups, on radio frequency matters pertaining to meteorological activities, and represent WMO in ITU-R work;(e)Prepare and coordinate proposals and advice to WMO Members on radio regulation matters pertaining to meteorological activities in ITU Radiocommunication Study Groups, radiocommunication Assemblies (RA), World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) and related global and regional preparatory meetings;(f)Facilitate the cooperation among WMO Members for the use of frequency bands allocated to meteorological and environment monitoring radiocommunication services with respect to:(i) Coordination of radio-frequency spectrum use and frequency assignments between countries; (ii) Sharing the same frequency bands between various radiocommunication services;(g) Facilitate the coordination of WMO frequency use activities with other international organizations which address radio spectrum management issues, including specialized organizations (e.g. CGMS, the Space Frequency Coordination Group (SFCG)) and regional telecommunication organizations, such as the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), the Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (RCC); the African Telecommunication Union (ATU), and the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG);(h) Assist WMO Members, upon request, on issues related to the assignment of frequency bands to radiocommunication systems;(i) Increase the understanding of the role of NMHSs in radio frequency coordination and the importance of the close collaboration with the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) in the accomplishment of the WMO priority activities, and in particular review and propose updates to the WMO Guide to Participation in Radio Frequency Coordination (WMO-No. 1159), and the WMO/ITU Handbook on the “Use of radio spectrum for meteorology: weather, water and climate monitoring and prediction”;(j) Provide advice and support to the chairperson of OPAG-IOS, and report on all activities relevant to its Terms of Reference.