The Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology

Metadata - Platform/instrument

Platform and instrument metadata (description of the observing platforms, siting of the instruments, platform identification and operator, etc.) are important for operational applications, climate studies, quality monitoring, instrument evaluation, and programme operations. A number of activities relate to instrumental metadata as far as marine applications are concerned. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • JCOMM is developing the Marine Climate Data System (MCDS), which includes rationalization of the data flow of marine meteorological and oceanographic climate data, to be delivered with relevant metadata through a network of Centres for Marine Meteorological and Oceanographic Climate Data (CMOCs). Note: The former ODAS (Ocean Data Acquisition Systems) Metadata Service (ODASMS) has been merged by JCOMM-4 (2012) into the trial CMOC (see here) operated by the National Marine Data & Information Service, China  (NMDIS).
  • WMO Provides for the management of observing ship metadata through its Publication No. 47.
  • The Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) is in the process (Feb. 2015) of defining a format & template for the collection of metadata from moored buoys. Once approved, the metadata will be collected via JCOMMOPS (see below).
  • JCOMMOPS is directly collecting metadata from in situ observing platform operators and providing such information on-line.
  • WMO is in the process of defining a metadata standard for the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS). The WIGOS Metadata Standard is expected to be approved by the WMO 17th congress (2015), and included in the WIGOS Manual. The WIGOS metadata will be collected and stored into the Observing System Capability Analysis and Review tool (OSCAR).
  • Metadata regarding tide gauges under the Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) can be found here.


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