Commission for Observation, Infrastructures and Information Systems (INFCOM)

Members of INFCOM

Terms of Reference

  1. Development and maintenance of WMO normative material related to integrated observing systems, data transmission and dissemination systems, data management systems, and data processing and forecast systems as specified in WMO Technical Regulations:
    1. (i) Coordinate development of new systems and infrastructure-related regulatory material in application areas of its scope
    2. (ii) Promote and pursue integration of existing regulatory material
    3. (iii) Keep regulatory material up-to-date through regular amendments, as necessary
    4. (iv) Ensure the consistency of the new and amended regulatory material across the application areas
    5. (v) Consider relevant scientific and technological developments to ensure the currency of the regulatory material
    6. (vi) Accompany recommendations for new and amended regulatory material with related impact, cost-benefit, and risk analysis
  2. Common infrastructure and systems attributes:
    1. (i) Promote a culture of compliance with standards and relevant regulatory material among all Members
    2. (ii) Further develop and promote the use of the Rolling Review of Requirements (RRR) for the assessment of user requirements, the assessment of available capabilities, and the development of gap mitigation strategies in order to further improve the overall systems capabilities of WMO
    3. (iii) Develop and promote a unified approach to data management across all disciplines and WMO applications areas
    4. (iv) Develop common methodologies for quality assurance of observations and other data products across all application areas
    5. (v) Actively seek engagement of Earth system observational data providers from all relevant government entities, international organizations, private sector, and academia
  3. (c) Assistance to Members to enhance systems capabilities and enable effective implementation and compliance:
    1. (i) Consult with regional associations and Members to identify needs for improvements in observing, data transmission and data management capabilities services and develop the required implementation strategies
    2. (ii) Consult with regional associations to identify experts who can participate in technical commission teams, to facilitate implementation and uptake of evolving technical systems, standards and regulations at national and regional levels
    3. (iii) Facilitate the regional and national implementation of systems under its remit by developing guidance material aligned with new and amended regulatory material
    4. (iv) In consultation with the regional associations, identify needs for assistance to Members to improve their capabilities and provide relevant guidance and capacity building, including training
    5. (v) Propose pilot and demonstration projects as necessary
    6. (vi) Facilitate transfer of knowledge by supporting relevant events and through communication and outreach activities
    7. (vii) Providing standards and regulations for the basic measurement of variables characterising water quantity, quality and sediments; (pending CHy-Ext recommendations)
    8. (viii) Support the technical aspects of the Hydrological Status and Outlook System and the state of the water report; (pending CHy-Ext recommendations)
  4. (d) Cooperation and partnership:
    1. (i) Establish close coordination and efficient working mechanisms with the Commission for Weather, Climate, Water and Related Environmental Services and Applications (CSA), relevant international organizations in the area of meteorological, hydrological, climatological and other environmental observations, information and infrastructure
    2. (ii) Establish and maintain close collaboration and coordination with WMO co-sponsored system and programmes, and other major international observing programmes and initiatives
    3. (iii) Establish in the collaboration with the Research Board consultative mechanisms with relevant scientific and operational user organizations to receive feedback and advice (e.g. ECMWF, EUMETSAT, EUMETNET, UNFCCC, FAO) on systems capabilities
    4. (iv) Consider opportunities for leveraging resources through establishment of joint, including inter-agency, bodies and projects addressing common areas of system development