GCW- Glaciers Best Practices Task Team

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Terms of Reference

- Identify measured variables and their common methods of measurement, the instrumentation used and their configuration;
- Make recommendations to the WIGOS Metadata Standard on representative measured variables (for registration in the OSCAR Surface database), and related configuration metadata (measuring methods, etc.);
- Summarize metadata and data reporting methods, standards, and formats, as used;
- Identify and document discrepancies and gaps regarding measured variables, measuring methods, metadata and data used versus needed;
- Assessed linkages between measured variables and Essential Climate Variables (ECVs);
- Make recommendations regarding the assessment of traceability, comparability, and uncertainty of measurements;
- Compile and draft best practices and recommend guidelines for publication by WMO, including on addressing discrepancies (observations, data access, data harmonization, etc.).
- (desirable) Conduct survey on the currently measured variables and measuring methods: reach out to known projects, stations and experts, and survey literature;
- (desirable) Inventory known projects, initiatives, and programmes;
- (desirable) Identify data centres where data is stored and is available from, including data accessibility aspects.

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