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

The Expert Team on Marine Climatology (ETMC)

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JCOMM-IV re-established the Expert Team on Marine Climatology with the following terms of reference and general membership (Annex to draft Resolution 12.4/3 (JCOMM-IV)):

The Expert Team on Marine Climatology, in close collaboration with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and its Committee for International Data and Information Exhange (IODE), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Commission for Climatology (CCl) and the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) subsidiary bodies and related experts, shall:

  1. Determine procedures and principles for the development and management of global and regional oceanographic and marine meteorological climatological datasets;

  2. Review and assess the climatological elements of the Commission, including the operation of the Marine Climatological Summaries Scheme (MCSS) and the Global Collecting Centres (GCC/Germany, GCC/UK), and the development of required oceanographic and marine meteorological products;

  3. Review the Global Ocean Observing System and Global Climate Observing System requirements for climatological datasets, taking account of the need for quality and integration;

  4. In close cooperation with IODE and other appropriate partners such as the ICSU World Data System, to develop, review and update the MCDS strategy, implementation plan and performance indicators in the next two years for achieving the Vision for a new MCDS, based upon the results of the Workshop for a new Marine Climate Data System (MCDS1, 28 Nov.-2 Dec. 2011, Hamburg, Germany);

  5. Develop procedures and standards for data assembly and the creation of climatological datasets, including the establishment of dedicated facilities and centres;

  6. Collaborate and liaise with other groups as needed to ensure access to expertise and ensure appropriate coordination;

  7. Keep under review and update, as necessary, relevant technical publications in the area of oceanographic and marine meteorological climatologies.


The Membership is selected to ensure a range of expertise and to maintain an appropriate geographical representation, and includes:

  1. Up to eight experts, including the chairperson, selected from Members/Member States, representative of the range of responsibilities of the Expert Team. It is expected that, in general, the Expert Team on Marine Climatology will be self-funding;

  2. Additional representatives from the responsible members for the Marine Climatological Summaries Scheme (MCSS) and the Global Collecting Centres (GCCs), from the Services and Forecasting Systems Programme Area’s Expert Teams on Waves and Coastal Hazards Forecasting Systems (ETWCH) and on Sea Ice (ETSI), 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, on a self-funded basis, and in general with no resource implications to JCOMM.

Representatives of JCOMM Programme Areas and of other expert bodies may be invited, as appropriate, with the concurrence of the Co-presidents and with no resource implications to the Commission.

(A) Representative(s) of the Expert Team on Data Management Practices (ETDMP) should be invited, in order to ensure close collaboration and cooperation across the DMPA.

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People in The Expert Team on Marine Climatology (ETMC)

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Eric FREEMAN (leader)
Meteorologist/Marine Observation Analyst
National Centers for Environmental Information
Chair, ETMC United States
Deutscher Wetterdienst
Vice-Chair Germany
Hing-Yim MOK
Senior Scientific Officer
Hong Kong Observatory
self-funded member China
Japan Meteorological Agency, Tokyo
Self-funded member Japan
University of São Paulo, Instituto Oceanográfico
self-funded member Brazil
Senior Research Assistant
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Core member United Kingdom
Marine Data Specialist and UK GCC Manager
Met Office
Core member United Kingdom
Shao Hua LIN
Retaired and working at NMDIS with contract right now
Core member China
Svetlana SOMOVA
Core member Russian Federation
Senior Associate Scientist
Core member United States

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