WMO is very pleased to inform readers that a new WIGOS Technical Report is now available entitled: Benefits of AMDAR to Meteorology and Aviation.
WMO thanks all those that collaborated and provided input to this important document.
This document describes the benefits of AMDAR data to both the Meteorological and Aeronautical communities.
The document is intended for the use of WMO Members as guidance material in assisting in determining the possible benefits of the AMDAR observing system as an operational component of their national meteorological observing systems supporting their meteorological and hydrological programmes and applications. It also contains information that may be used, provided or conveyed to aviation collaborators to convince them of the benefits of participation in the AMDAR programme.
While this document focuses on and describes the benefits of the WMO AMDAR observing system and its data products in particular, it should be noted that the benefits are also relevant and applicable to other meteorological aircraft-based observing systems that meet the measurement standards prescribed by WMO.
The document has been contributed to and reviewed by observing system experts of WMO Members, including members of the WMO Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) Expert Team on Aircraft-Based Observing Systems in collaboration with some aviation experts.
The First Session of the WMO Commission for Basic Systems (CBS), Open Programme Area Group on Integrated Observing Systems (OPAG-IOS) Expert Team on Aircraft-Based Observing Systems (ET-ABO) was held in Geneva, Swizterland over 10-13 September 2013.
WMO is pleased to inform Members and readers that the newly developed AMDAR Onboard Software Functional Requirements Specification (AOSFRS), Version 1.0 has now been formally published and will be maintained in the future as a CIMO Instruments and Observing Methods (IOM) Report.
The WMO Secretariat would like to express thanks to consultant, Mr Frank Tamis, who was responsible for the initial draft versions of the specification under the direction of the former WMO AMDAR Panel, the CBS Expert Team on Aircraft-based Observing Systems and the CIMO Task Team on Aircraft-based Observations.
In 2011, the WMO AMDAR Panel and the WMO Commission for Basis Systems (CBS) Expert Team on Aircraft-based Observations (ET-AIR) initiated a study on AMDAR Coverage & Targeting for Future Airline Recruitment, which was undertaken by an aviation industry expert under consultancy.The main aim of this study was to provide WMO and its Members with a basis and a tool for endeavours to expand and enhance the AMDAR observing system in line with the actions of the CBS Implementation Plan for Evolution of Global Observing Systems
The very comprehensive report from the study is now available at the AMDAR Resources area
on the WMO website.
As indicated, please note that: While this report has been reviewed by several Members of the WMO AMDAR Panel and the CBS Expert Team on Aircraft-based Observations, it does not yet constitute an official WMO document and contains some material that should be considered to represent the personal views and opinions of the authors only
.There is an expectation that, once approved by the Expert Team on Aircraft-based Observing Systems, this report may be published as a WIGOS technical report.
A restructure and re-write of the Aircraft-based Observations and AMDAR sites on the WMO web site has just been completed.
The new site retains much of the information from the old site but now reflects the new programmatic structure of AMDAR as an observing system under the WMO World Weather Watch (WWW) Programme, the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) and the Global Observing System (GOS).
A redirection from the existing AMDAR site
takes you to the new pages so that there will be no need to change any links or bookmarks.However, the new site for AMDAR can be accessed directly from: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/GOS/ABO/AMDAR/
And the new site for Aircraft-based Observations can be accessed directly from: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/GOS/ABO/There are some pages that have limited information presently but I hope to add more and update them over the coming months.
Comments, corrections or suggestions that you may have are welcome and can be sent via the Contacts form on the WMO website
, or by directly emailing one of the contacts from the Home page of this site
The Final Report of the WMO AMDAR Panel 15th Session, which took place over 6-9 November 2012 at Boulder, Colorado, USA, is now available on the WMO AMDAR Meetings Website
This meeting, which was proceeded by the Technical Workshop on Turbulence
, was the final meeting of the Panel, having now officially handed over governance of the AMDAR Programme to WMO and its Technical Commissions
The final report is also available directly from this URL
The WMO AMDAR Panel met for its 15th and final Session in Boulder, USA over 6-9 November 2012. In conjunction with the Meeting, a Technical Workshop on Turbulence was also held on 5 November.
The Panel, which has successfully managed the AMDAR Programme and guided the development of the AMDAR Observing System since 1998, has now officially handed over governance of the AMDAR Programme to WMO and its Technical Commissions.
The WMO Secretariat thanks all those that participated and in particular thanks the hosts and organisers of the Meeting and the Workshop:
- NOAA/National Weather Service
- National Center for Atmospheric Research
- Federal Aviation Administration
Participants at the 15th Session of the AMDAR Panel
The WMO AMDAR Panel and the WMO CBS Expert Team on Aircraft-based Observations held a Workshop on Aircraft Observing System Data Management over 5 to 8 June 2012 at WMO, Geneva, Switzerland.
Some of the data management aspects that were considered were:
- Current data management standards and practices employed and how they might be improved.
- The definition of the Aircraft Observations Data Management Framework and and how it can accommodate requirements for:
- Data archival;
- Metadata definition, derivation and application;
- Data access and display (data and monitoring diagnostics; and,
- WMO Information System structure and requirements.
- Data quality control and monitoring practices.
- Integration and inter-operation with the WMO Integrated Global Observing System.
- Data Policy.