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Call for nominations for the Steering Committees of emerging GAW Initiatives

The Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Programme of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) through its Implementation plan for 2016-2023 embarked on the development of new environmental products and services for the user community. These are to be implemented through the translational scientific initiatives, namely the Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information System, IG3IS (ig3is.wmo.int), Global Air Quality Forecasting and Information System (GAFIS) and Measurement-Model Fusion for Global Total Atmospheric Deposition (MMF-GTAD).

The Environmental Pollution and Atmospheric Chemistry Scientific Steering Committee (EPAC-SSC) that coordinates the work of GAW, is seeking nominations for the Steering Committees of the above mentioned initiatives to guide and facilitate their scientific and technical implementation. Please find a short description of each initiative below.

The Steering Committees of each individual initiative (one team per initiative) shall contain regional representation and reflect diversity in gender and other aspects. With this announcement, EPAC-SSC encourages scientists to apply for the 15 seats on the individual Steering Committees, with rotating membership terms of 2 or 4 years. All members will be selected through this call. Members who contributed earlier to the initiatives are encouraged to apply. Nominees are expected to devote sufficient time and effort to allow for regular participation at the initiative’s events and shall actively engage in the development and promotion of GAW activities. They can be at different stages of their scientific career but must have peer-reviewed publication records, demonstrating expertise in the realm, relevant to the particular initiative. Specializations of the Nominee’s research or operational activity should be related to one or more of the following: atmospheric chemistry, greenhouse gases, forecasting, inverse modelling, data assimilation, air quality and health, atmospheric deposition, food security, climate, data analysis. Self-nominations must be made by 8 March following the template below. If you are interested in nominating an individual (other than yourself) please use the same template.


The nomination form is available here.
 
Please direct any questions to the EPAC-SSC Chair Prof Greg Carmichael.

Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information System


The Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information System (IG3IS) represents a common framework for provision of systematic services to a user community who intends to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It supports the use of atmospheric GHG concentration data to improve emission estimates and helps to identify emission reduction opportunities utilizing a coherent set of good-practice methods and guidelines and focusing on quality control (benchmarking).The Steering Committee will be involved in the coordination of the review and recommendation of best practice guidelines for projects, regularly update  these practices in the IG3IS Science Implementation Plan, evaluation, endorsement, and advice on the technical merits of project proposals looking for IG3IS endorsement, review of implementation of IG3IS and steering the development of this initiative, working in close collaboration with the GAW Scientific Advisory Groups.

Global Air Quality Forecasting and Information System


The Global Air Quality Forecasting and Information System (GAFIS) represents a common framework for provision of fit-for-purpose information to support concerted actions focused on air pollution to accelerate the implementation of effective pollution control strategies in the areas where it is most needed, and thereby significantly reduce the current health burden of pollution to society, save resources and support the socio-economic development, also through lowering inequalities. The Steering Committee will coordinate the development of good practices for air quality forecasting and monitoring services, develop a harmonized evaluation protocol for evaluation of these services, assist in defining user- and science-driven metrics and steer the development of this initiative, working in close collaboration with the GAW Scientific Advisory Groups.

Measurement-Model Fusion for Global Total Atmospheric Deposition


The Measurement-Model Fusion for Global Total Atmospheric Deposition (MMF-GTAD) will establish an operational service to produce MMF maps of total atmospheric deposition on a global scale to meet society’s needs related to the environment and global sustainable development. The Steering Committee will facilitate the creation and dissemination of high-quality global MMF maps and high-spatial-resolution data products of atmospheric deposition on an operational basis, engage data users, stakeholders and partners to meet their evolving needs and priorities and encourage their support, facilitate the development of customized procedures, provide technical advice and tailored products for specific user and stakeholder needs, guide the continuous improvement to the operational products through research innovations in deposition monitoring, modelling, data assimilation/fusion and new observation systems, working in close cooperation with the GAW Scientific Advisory Groups.