The near real-time updates white paper is now available for discussion. When making posts please remember to follow the house rules. Please also take time to read the full pdf before commenting and where possible refer to one or more of section titles, pages and line numbers to make it easy to cross-reference your comment with the document.
The recommendations are reproduced below:
Recognizing that (i) there is no analog to CLIMAT bulletins on the daily timescale, (ii) daily data are not routinely shared, (iii) no central repository exists because of the lack of a formal process for sharing data with daily resolution, and (iv) the “climatological data” code group in synoptic bulletins does not support the climate communities need for daily summary observations, establish a formal mechanism for dissemination of daily climate messages or requirement for transmission of daily climate observations with synoptic reports.
Recognizing more pronounced issues of the same sort at the basic instantaneous data level, consider as a secondary priority the feasibility (including data exchange policy issues) of adoption of international mechanisms to standardize the exchange of the highest resolution data.
Recognizing that a limited number of bilateral arrangements (e.g. US-Australia, US-Canada) have proven effective at improving access and near real-time data sharing of daily and sub-daily data, establish efforts at the WMO regional level to expand bilateral arrangements for sharing of daily and sub-daily data to increase data holdings and foster regular updates of global and regional daily data sets.
Recognizing that training programs such as those of the JMA have proven effective at improving NMHS capabilities to provide CLIMAT data, expand training opportunities at the regional and national level to improve the routine and regular dissemination of CLIMAT bulletins from developing nations.
Recognizing the success that GCOS Monitoring Centres and CBS Lead Centres for GCOS have had on improving the quality and quantity of CLIMAT reports, continue to support Monitoring of quality and completeness of CLIMAT transmissions and feedback to data providers. Work to garner commitments for enhanced monitoring and feedback related to synoptic bulletins and daily climate summaries.
Recognizing the efficiencies and flexibility of Table-Driven Code Forms for transferring large amounts of data, their design for ease and efficiency of processing, as well as their cost-effectiveness, encourage and support NMCs conversion of data transmissions to TDCFs, while at the same time ensuring adequate attention to issues of long-term data homogeneity in support of climate research.
Recognizing that the GTS is not structured to meet newly evolving requirements for the exchange of data in near real-time, and recognizing the 2003 agreement to move to a WMO Information System (WIS) to meet all of the WMO’s information needs, support adoption of WIS technologies and encourage establishment of GISCs and DCPCs.