Scientific Advisory Group for GURME

The GURME SAG will continue to focus on the development of models and associated research activities to enhance the capabilities of the NMHSs in providing urban-environmental forecasting and air quality services of high quality, illustrating the linkages between meteorology and air quality. In support of WMO’s integrated urban services initiative and the creation of the SAG-Apps, the GURME SAG’s focus is now centred on models and applications applicable to describe the urban environment and how these environments interact with the regional and global scales. Activities within GURME will expand beyond its experience and strengths in air quality to a broader coordination and facilitation of integrated forecasting projects for the urban environment where the health of citizens is the main driver.


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Core activities
• Facilitate and guide advances of tools and systems to improve air quality, meteorological and climatological modelling for predictions, forecasting and long-term projections relevant for urban areas;
• Facilitate research related to the improved representation of urban features and processes in models for improving the prediction and forecasting of air quality, weather and climate for urban areas;
• Working with the regional and global modelling communities to improve understanding of the role of interactions between emissions, composition, meteorology, geographical and climate processes that affect urban air quality;
• Guide the integration of observations required to improve and evaluate air quality and meteorological modelling for urban areas, including ground based, aircraft, satellite meteorological and atmospheric composition and long-term climatological measurements taking account of new technologies (e.g. sensors) and crowdsourcing;
• Support the development of the tools and evidence base for reliable assessment and analysis of synergistic impacts on exposure, health, environment and security from air pollution, weather, extreme events and emergencies and climate change for developing effective mitigation and adaptation strategies for urban areas;
● Assist and supervise the development of relevant training materials and delivery and support capacity development activities across regions of the world.
Interface with SAGs
● Work closely with the other thematic SAGs (e.g. SAG-App) to improve the process understanding and develop observational and modelling capabilities for predicting and forecasting air quality, weather and climate for urban environments on multiple scales.
Interface with Expert Teams
● Work with ET-ACMQ on the urban measurement approached and methods and requirements for the quality assurance of such measurements;
● Work closely with ET-ACNDE on the gap analysis reports and optimisation of the observational system design for urban applications;
● Work with ET-ACDM on the needs for data archival and data management for urban applications.
Interface with GAW Initiatives Steering Committees
● Provide scientific evidence and guidance to support GAFIS and IG3IS initiatives, as well as directly to WMO members and international agencies to identify, translate and make recommendations on urban air quality observations and forecasting, meteorological and climatological science developments to meets their needs.
Interface with WMO groups
● Work closely with other WMO bodies such as World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) and World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) to provide specialist expertise on urban issues related to air quality, weather and climate;
● Collaborated with the respective groups under the Technical Commission on Services, such as the Study Group on Integrated Urban Services, in the development and implementation of integrated urban services from the atmospheric composition, air quality, meteorology and climate perspectives.
Interface with external users and partners
● Work closely with other global organisations, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the latest scientific advances in urban meteorology and air quality, for example, to improve approaches and strengthen the evidence base for conducting exposure and health impact assessment of air pollution in cities and towns;
● Extend outreach to other scientific and non-scientific communities regarding the state of science related to the urban environment and assist in developing understanding and use of modelled data (e.g. diagnostics, reanalysis and forecast);
● Actively entrain stakeholders, policymaker groups, scientific implementation partners and other interested parties to encourage their support and engagement.

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