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METAREA Coordinators – Roles and responsibilities

METAREA Coordinators are responsible for coordinating the provision of the Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service (WWMIWS) for their METAREA.

View the METAREA Coordinator contact list.

View website for SafetyNet and Navtex products issued under the Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service.

METAREA Coordinators work closely with NAVAREA Coordinators who have similar responsibilities for providing the Worldwide Navigation Warning Service.

The following description of the role and responsibilities of a METAREA Coordinator has been extracted from the IMO Assembly Resolution A.1051(27) – IMO/WMO Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service - Guidance Document.

METAREA Coordinator resources

The METAREA coordinator should have:

  1. the expertise and information sources of National Meteorological Services; and
  2. effective communications, e.g. telephone, e-mail, facsimile, internet, telex, etc., with National Meteorological Services in the METAREA, with other METAREA coordinators, and with other data providers.

METAREA Coordinator responsibilities

The METAREA coordinator has to:

  1. act as the central point of contact on matters relating to meteorological information and warnings within the METAREA;
  2. promote and oversee the use of established international standards and practices in the promulgation of meteorological information and warnings throughout the METAREA;
  3. coordinate preliminary discussions between neighbouring Members, seeking to establish and operate NAVTEX services, prior to formal application; and
  4. contribute to the development of international standards and practices through attendance and participation in the JCOMM Expert Team on Maritime Safety Services meetings, and also attend and participate in relevant IMO, IHO and WMO meetings aas appropriate and required.
The METAREA coordinator has to also ensure that within its METAREA, National Meteorological Services which act as Issuing Services have the capability to:
  1. select meteorological information and warnings for broadcast in accordance with the guidance given in paragraphs 4 and 5 above; and
  2. monitor the SafetyNET transmission of their bulletins, broadcast by the Issuing Service.
The METAREA coordinator has to further ensure that within its METAREA, National Meteorological Services which act as Preparation Services have the capability to:
  1. endeavour to be informed of all meteorological events that could significantly affect the safety of navigation within their area of responsibility;
  2. assess all meteorological information immediately upon receipt in the light of expert knowledge for relevance to navigation within their area of responsibility;
  3. forward marine meteorological information that may require wider promulgation directly to adjacent METAREA coordinators and/or others as appropriate, using the quickest possible means;
  4. ensure that information concerning all meteorological warning subject areas listed in paragraph 4 that may not require a METAREA warning within their own area of responsibility is forwarded immediately to the appropriate National Meteorological Services and METAREA coordinators affected by the meteorological event; and maintain records of source data relating to meteorological information and warning messages within their area of responsibility.

(The most current list of METAREA coordinators is always available here on the WMO website through the Operational Information Service. Any discrepancies or errors in the list below should be reported by email to the WMO: mmo@wmo.int )


People in METAREA Coordinators – Roles and responsibilities

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COUNTRY

NAME, POSITION, INSTITUTION, ROLE

TEL/FAX
ARGENTINA Alicia CEJAS
Servicio Meteorológico Nacional
METAREA VI ARGENTINA
Tel: +54 -11 5167 6705
Fax: +54-11 5167 6709
AUSTRALIA Neal MOODIE
National Manager - Marine Weather Services
Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne
METAREA X AUSTRALIA, and Tropical Cyclone warnings for Metarea VIII (east of 90E)
Tel: +61 3 9669 4768
BRAZIL Leonardo DA SILVA
Head of METOC Prediction Division
Centro de Hidrografia da Marinha
Tel: +55 (21) 2189-3027 (Fax: +55 (21) 2620-8861)
CANADA John PARKER
Manager, Prediction and Training Section-Atlantic
METAREAs XVll and XVIII CANADA
Tel: +1 902 426 3836
Fax: +1 902 490 0259
CHILE Luis VIDAL LEMA
Capitán de Corbeta OM
METAREA XV CHILE
Tel: 56322208947
Fax: 56322208914
FRANCE Alain POUJOL
Météo France, Paris
METAREA VIII LA REUNION (Tropical cyclone warnings west of 90E)
Tel: +33-2 62 92 11 00
Fax: +33-2 62 92 11 47
GREECE Michail MYRSILIDIS
Head of Marine Section
Hellenic National Meteorological Service
METAREA III Coordinator
Tel: +30 2109699013; Fax: +30 2109628952
INDIA Medha KHOLE
Scientist
India Meteorological Department
METAREA VIII(N) INDIA
Tel: +91 20 255 35 886
Fax: +91 20 255 35 435
JAPAN Jun RYUZAKI
Senior Scientific Offier, Administration Division, Forecast Department
Japan Meteorological Agency, Tokyo
METAREA XI JAPAN
MAURITIUS Renganaden VIRASAMI
Divisional Meteorologist
Mauritius Meteorological Services
METAREA VIII (South of the Equator) MAURITIUS - alternate

 
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