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Expert Team on Sea Ice (ETSI)

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Terms of Reference

The Expert Team on Sea Ice shall:

  1. Coordinate and advise Members/Member States on products and services required by user communities in sea ice areas, to support navigation, coastal and off-shore activities, monitoring of the sea ice cover;

  2. Provide advice to ETMSS on all aspects of impacts of sea ice relevant to maritime safety, marine pollution response and search and rescue services;

  3. Maintain linkages with ETOOFS on the relevant sea ice modelling and forecasting techniques;

  4. Maintain linkages with projects and programmes related to the role of sea ice in the global climate system, including through the WCRP and the Global Cryosphere Watch;

  5. Develop technical advice and guidance material, software exchange, specialized training and other appropriate capacity building activities with regard to sea ice observations, analysis and services, and provide assistance to Members/Member States as required;

  6. Keep under review and provide guidance as appropriate on the operations of the Global Digital Sea Ice Data Bank (GDSIDB), in collaboration with ETMC;

  7. Maintain and develop formats, nomenclatures and procedures for sea ice data and information exchange as well as relevant terminology, coding and mapping standards;

  8. Maintain linkages with relevant international organizations and programmes, in particular BSIM, CLIC, EIS, IICWG, NAIS, ASPeCt, GCOS and IHO.

As a general principle, these terms of reference will be implemented through specific, defined, time-limited projects.

General Membership

Up to eight Members, including the chairperson, representative of a range of activities related to sea ice and the ice-covered regions within JCOMM, and to maintain an appropriate geographical representation. It is expected that, in general, the ETSI will be self-funding. ETSI representatives will also act as full members of ETMSS and ETMC.

Representatives of regional and international sea ice bodies in particular the Baltic Sea Ice Meeting, European Ice Service, International Ice Charting Working Group and North American Ice Service will also be invited to participate at their own expense.

Additional experts may be invited as appropriate, representative of the range of activities related to sea ice, on a self-funded basis, and in general with no resource implications to JCOMM.

People in Expert Team on Sea Ice (ETSI)

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Vasily SMOLYANITSKY (leader)
head of laboratory
Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute
Chair Russian Federation
Finnish Meteorological Institute
member Finland
Scientific Officer / Office of Marine Prediction
Japan Meteorological Agency, Tokyo
core member Japan
Sachgebietsleiter, Head of German Ice Service, Head Sea...
Bundesamt fuer Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (Federal...
core member Germany
Head of Norwegian Ice Service
core member Norway
Environment Canada - Canadian Ice Service
core member Canada
Operations Advisor
US National Ice Center
core member United States
Danish Meteorological Institute
core member Denmark
Head Department
Naval Hydrographic Service
core member Argentina

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