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New from COMET: Introduction to Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR)

posted Jan 15, 2015, 6:47 AM by Dean Lockett

WMO and The COMET Program are pleased to announce the publication of the new lesson, "Introduction to Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR)." The lesson provides information about the benefits and uses of AMDAR, an aircraft-based observing system coordinated through the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The content is organized into three sections, focused on the meteorological applications of AMDAR, the aviation applications of the data, and additional information about the systems and requirements for AMDAR implementation. Several experts offer interviews describing examples of AMDAR use in numerous meteorological and aviation applications.


The intended audience for "Introduction to Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR)" includes meteorological service managers and providers, observational development groups, the aviation industry, and others interested in benefiting from an aircraft-based observing system in their region. With its broad scope, the lesson should appeal to anyone interested in learning more about the AMDAR program, the observations it provides, and how the data are used. Please follow this link to the MetEd description page that provides additional information and a link to begin the lesson: Introduction to Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR)
http://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_module.php?id=1114. This lesson is approximately 90 minutes in length.

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We welcome any comments or questions you may have regarding the content, instructional approach, or use of this lesson. Please e-mail your comments or questions to Tsvet Ross-Lazarov (tlazarov@ucar.edu).

New WMO Brochure on AMDAR Benefits

posted Sep 24, 2014, 8:26 AM by Dean Lockett

Inline image 1WMO is pleased to inform readers that  it has published a new foldout brochure - The WMO AMDAR Observing System Benefits to Airlines and Aviation - that is available as a PDF document via the WMO AMDAR Resources website and the WMO Library.

The brochure is able to be printed as a foldout of four pages that briefly explains the benefits of the AMDAR observing system to airlines and, more generally, to the aviation industry.

The brochure may be printed and distributed by WMO Members and others in the interests of AMDAR programme development and promotion.

The brochure can be downloaded from the WMO Library here.

AMDAR Onboard Software Functional Requirements Specificiation Version 1.1

posted Jun 19, 2014, 4:35 AM by Dean Lockett

WMO is pleased to inform readers that version 1.1 of the AMDAR Onboard Software Functional Requirements Specification has now been formally published as CIMO Instruments and Observing Methods (IOM) Report No. 115. This document supersedes version 1.0 of the AOSFRS, which was published in 2013 as IOM Report No. 114.

The specification can be accessed from the WMO Library as below and also from the CIMO IOM Report series website.

The specification is also available via the AMDAR Resources area.


Report

 AMDAR Onboard Software Functional Requirements Specification: (Version 1.1, 2 June 2014)

 free Available online at: https://googledrive.com/host/0BwdvoC9AeWjUazhkNTdXRXUzOEU/iom_115_en.pdf

World Meteorological Organization

Published by: WMO ; 2014

This document provides a functional specification for AMDAR onboard software, which can be utilized by avionics software developers to build avionics software applications for AMDAR that will efficiently meet WMO standards and requirements for reporting of meteorological data from the aircraft platform utilizing aviation communications protocols and infrastructure.

Collection(s) and Series: Technical document IOM Report- No. 115

Language(s): English

Format: Digital (Free), 97 p.

WIGOS Report 2014-2 - Requirements for the Implementation and Operation of an AMDAR Programme

posted Mar 19, 2014, 3:21 AM by Dean Lockett

I am very pleased to inform you that a new WIGOS Technical Report (2014-2) is now available entitled: Requirements for the Implementation and Operation of an AMDAR Programme.

Download WIGOS Technical Report
The document can be downloaded from the WIGOS Technical Reports site.

The direct link for download is available by clicking on the image at right.

The document can also be obtained from the WMO AMDAR/Resources website

The Introduction to the document is provided below.

WMO thanks all those that collaborated and provided input.

Introduction

This document provides guidance to WMO Members on the requirements for the establishment and operation of a national or regional AMDAR observing system in collaboration with one or more partner commercial airlines. It 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 (ET-ABO).

WIGOS Report 2014-1 - The Benefits of AMDAR to Meteorology and Aviation

posted Feb 13, 2014, 12:26 AM by Dean Lockett   [ updated Feb 13, 2014, 1:08 AM ]

WMO is very pleased to inform readers that a new WIGOS Technical Report is now available entitled: Benefits of AMDAR to Meteorology and Aviation.

The document can be downloaded from the WIGOS Technical Reports site or directly from this link.

The document can also be obtained from the WMO AMDAR/Resources website

WMO thanks all those that collaborated and provided input to this important document.

http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/GOS/ABO/AMDAR/publications/Benefit_of_AMDAR_Data_to_Meteorology_and_Aviation.pdf
Introduction

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.

Volume 6 of the WMO AMDAR Observing System Newsletter

posted Oct 28, 2013, 1:35 AM by Dean Lockett   [ updated Oct 28, 2013, 1:36 AM ]

The October 2013 issue, Volume 6, of the AMDAR Observing System Newsletter is now available from the WMO Aircraft Observations and AMDAR News and Events site.

Readers can subscribe to receive the Newsletter via email at the Google News Group HERE

Feedback and questions can be directed to any of the contacts listed at the end of the newsletter.

Meeting of WMO Expert Team on Aircraft-Based Observing Systems

posted Oct 9, 2013, 8:44 AM by Dean Lockett   [ updated Oct 9, 2013, 8:45 AM ]

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.

The Document Plan with Agenda and the Final Report for the session are available from the WMO Aircraft-based Observations Meetings site

For more information, please contact WMO.

AMDAR Onboard Software specification published

posted Aug 28, 2013, 3:59 AM by Dean Lockett   [ updated Aug 28, 2013, 4:00 AM ]

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 specification, IOM Report No. 114, can be accessed from the CIMO IOM Report series

The specification is also available via the AMDAR Resources area.

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.

Study Report Released - AMDAR Coverage & Targeting for Future Airline Recruitment

posted Mar 7, 2013, 12:04 AM by Dean Lockett

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. 

The report and appendix can be downloaded in full or in part directly from the dedicated page for the study.

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.

WMO Aircraft-based Observations and AMDAR Site Updated

posted Feb 8, 2013, 7:18 AM by Dean Lockett

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

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