Inter-Programme Expert Team on Integrated Marine Meteorological and Oceanographic Services within WMO and IOC Information Systems (IPET-MOIS)

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The mission of IPET-MOIS is to define a process for JCOMM to endorse centres providing Marine Meteorological and Oceanographic services and to guide those centres in their participation in (i) the WMO Information System (WIS) and (ii) the future IOC Ocean Data Information System (ODIS).

Terms of Reference
(As approved by JCOMM-5)

IPET-MOIS shall:
(a) Identify marine meteorological and oceanographic centres that could be endorsed by JCOMM to contribute to ODIS and WIS,

(b) Develop technical specifications for centres providing marine and oceanographic services and define a process to be used by JCOMM to endorse such centres and to monitor their compliance with those specifications,

(c) Contribute to the development of the IOC of UNESCO Ocean Data and Information System (ODIS),

(d) Provide guidance on how to improve interoperability of marine meteorological and oceanographic data and information systems and enhance data exchange,

(e) Provide the necessary technical support, including the provision of guidance documents, to the designated centres in order to prepare the submission, demonstration, assessment and endorsement process,

(f) On behalf of JCOMM be responsible for assessment of candidate centres, arrange and evaluate demonstrations; and monitor compliance of centres with relevant IOC and WMO technical specifications,

(g) Liaise closely with the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) WMO Information System (WIS) expert teams and in particular the Expert Team on Centre Audit/ Certification (ET-CAC) during all phases of the WIS certification process ,

(h) Report to the Data Management Coordination Group and liaise with the Services and Forecasting Systems (SCG) and Observations (OCG) Coordination Groups and relevant expert teams and Panels to make sure their requirements are being considered,

(i) Function as the JCOMM Focal point for the interface with WIS and future ODIS for the Management Committee.


The membership of the Inter-Programme Expert Team for Integrated Marine Meteorological and Oceanographic Services within WMO and IOC Information Systems (IPET-MOIS) is selected to ensure a range of expertise and to maintain an appropriate geographical and gender representation, and will include:

(a) Up to eight experts, including the chairperson, selected from Members/Member States, representative of the range of responsibilities of the Expert Team;

(b) Additional representatives from the responsible members of the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) WMO Information System (WIS) Expert Teams on Centre Audit/ Certification (ET-CAC) and WIS Centres (ET-WISC), and from relevant projects and subsidiary bodies of IODE of IOC, as required, in consultation with the co-presidents of JCOMM;

Additional experts may be invited as appropriate, with the concurrence of the co-presidents of the Commission, in general with no resource implications to JCOMM.

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