Iberoamerican NMHS Programme of Cooperation transfers database management system to WMO

Iberoamerican NMHS Programme of Cooperation transfers database management system to WMO

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19 May 2011

The Programme of Cooperation for the Iberoamerican NMHSs has formally transferred the Meteorology, Climatology and Hydrology database management system to the WMO.

Under the cooperation project PROMMA (Modernization of the Water Resources Management in Mexico), a water and climate database management system suited to the needs of the Mexican National Water Commission was developed in Spanish. At the end of the project, Mexico made it available to the Programme of Cooperation for the Iberoamerican NMHSs, which in turn, thanks to a Trust Fund established by Spain in WMO, added a meteorological component and adapted it to the needs of a more general audience.

This is a development model based on local capacity. It was designed taking into account of specific needs as a region. We hope to be able to share this experience with others and we are sure it will be as successful for you as for us, said Mr. A Vázquez Gálvez, Permanent Representative of Mexico to WMO at an event during the World Meteorological Congress.

WMOs Climate and Water Department has now translated this open-source, freely available software to English and is planning to translate it in French in the near future so that NMHSs in need of such a system can benefit.

Its a tool which we consider to be very basic, very important to reduce inequalities between the various meteorological services of our community, said Mr R. García Herrera, Permanent Representative of Spain to WMO.

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