Joint Expert Team on Earth Observing System Design and Evolution (JET-EOSDE)

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Terms of Reference

Under the direction of the Chairperson of the Standing committee on Earth Observing Systems and Monitoring Networks of the Infrastructure Commission, and in consultation with the Services Commission and the Research Board, the Expert Team on Earth Observing Systems Design and Evolution shall undertake tasks and provide advice on and support for the implementation of the WIGOS framework and the priority activities of the WIGOS operational phase 2020-2023; in particular:
1. Recommend a definition of Earth System Prediction and Monitoring with associated terminology;
2. Redefine the Rolling Review of Requirements in light of WMO’s Earth System approach, including the list of Application Areas and their prioritization;
3. Review and report on the observational data requirements of application areas within the scope of WIGOS;
4. Review and report on the capability of both surface-based and space-based systems that are components or candidate components of the evolving observing systems within the scope of WIGOS;
5. Carry out the rolling requirements review of application areas leading to Statements of Guidance concerning the extent to which present and planned observing systems meet user requirements for observations;
6. Review the implications of the Statements of Guidance concerning the strengths and deficiencies in the existing observing systems and evaluate the capabilities of new observing systems and possibilities for improvements and efficiencies;
7. Carry out impact studies of real and hypothetical changes to observing systems with the assistance of NWP centres;
8. Develop work plan for WMO’s response to WIGOS Vision 2040 during the period 2020-2023;
9. Propose mechanism for monitoring Member’s response to the WIGOS Vision 2040 and progress;
10. Monitor and report progress against WIGOS Vision 2040 according to the defined mechanism; promote activities which enhance progress against the Vision, and identify new actions as necessary, taking into account developments within WIGOS;
11. Contribute to further elaboration of WIGOS guidance regarding observing network design;
12. Oversee and review the following aspects of the development and operation of OSCAR so that it meets the needs of WIGOS and in particular:
13. Define and maintain the functional requirements for the tools required to support the Rolling Review of Requirements process;
14. Review the content of OSCAR required to support the Rolling Review of Requirements process, including the observational requirements for application areas, and take prompt action to remedy deficiencies that are identified;
15. Prepare documents to assist Members, Technical Commissions, the Research Board, and regional associations, summarizing the results from the above activities;
16. Provide advice and support to the chairperson of the Standing Committee on Earth Observing Systems and Monitoring Networks of the Infrastructure Commission, and report on all activities relevant to its Terms of Reference.
 

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