Commission for Weather, Climate, Water and Related Environmental Services & Applications

Commission for Weather, Climate, Water and Related Environmental Services & Applications

The Services Commission contributes to the development and implementation of globally harmonized weather, climate, water, ocean and environment related services and applications to enable informed decision making and realization of socioeconomic benefits by all user communities and society as a whole.

The Services Commission shall encompass application areas with substructures as needed to implement the strategic plan including, but not limited to:

  1. Regulated and existing meteorological services (covered by WMO Technical Regulations (WMO-No. 49), in accordance with General Terms of Reference 2):
    1. aeronautical meteorological services
    2. marine and oceanographic meteorological services
    3. agrometeorological services
    4. public weather services
    5. climatological services
    6. hydrological services
  2. Emerging services under development (currently subject of studies and evaluation for possible inclusion in regulated services, in accordance with General Terms of Reference 1):
    1. urban services
    2. environmental services
    3. multi-hazard early warning services
    4. polar and mountain area services
    5. health
    6. energy
    7. water management
    8. land transportation
    9. other, as may become necessary
  3. Potential category for hydrological services

The Commission shall promote a holistic approach to services and service delivery and assist Members to apply:

  1. Risk-based decision-making in support of disaster risk preparedness and reduction
  2. A service-oriented culture
  3. A strong user focus with ‘fit-for-purpose’ services
  4. Quality management in service delivery
  5. Standards for competence and qualification of personnel
  6. Mutually-beneficial public-private engagement providing optimized service delivery and added value to the society
  7. Accelerated uptake of advanced technology for service delivery
  8. Systematic evaluation of socio-economic benefits and other relevant market-oriented evaluations of products and services

The activities of the Commission shall be guided by the WMO Strategic Plan and the WMO Strategy for Service Delivery.

Specific terms of reference

  1. Development and maintenance of WMO normative material related to service delivery, as specified in WMO Technical Regulations, Volume I and its relevant Annexes, the Commission shall:
    1. Coordinate development of new service-oriented regulatory material in all application areas of its scope based on identified needs of Members
    2. Keep the service-related regulatory material up-to-date through regular amendments, as necessary
    3. Ensure the consistency of the new and amended regulatory material across the application areas
    4. Enhance capacity for prediction and service delivery
    5. Consider relevant scientific and technological developments to ensure the currency of the regulatory material
    6. Together with the COIIS and the Research Board, coordinate linking science, infrastructure and services interactively
    7. Accompany recommendations for new and amended regulatory material with related impact, cost-benefit, and risk analysis
  2. Common service delivery attributes – the Commission shall:
    1. Promote service-oriented culture in all relevant application areas including a customer focus, quality management, understanding of the value and socioeconomic benefits
    2. Share best practices and develop harmonized methodologies for user engagement including identification of requirements and establishment of feedback mechanisms with users necessary for continuous improvement of services
    3. Develop methodologies for impact-based products and services in all application areas, innovative service delivery methods and integrated platforms
    4. Ensure harmonization of requirements for competency and qualification of personnel involved in service delivery
    5. Develop common methodology for verification and validation of information and service delivery as part of quality management
    6. Build through appropriate studies and projects a better understanding of the economics of service delivery, cost-recovery mechanisms, commercial and market elements, and develop respective guidance to Members
    7. Seek the engagement of service providers from private sector and academia
    8. Promote global and regional partnerships, including building upon existing partnerships and networks among communities of practice among the service areas, which are beneficial for WMO Members
  3. Assistance to Members to enhance service delivery capabilities and enable effective implementation and compliance – the Commission shall:
    1. Consult with regional associations and Members to identify needs for new and improved services and analyse related capabilities, and best practices
    2. Consult with regional associations to identify experts who can participate in technical commission teams, to facilitate implementation and uptake of evolving services and applications, standards and regulations at national and regional levels
    3. Facilitate the implementation by developing guidance material aligned with the promulgation of new and amended regulatory material
    4. In consultation with the regional associations, identify needs for assistance to Members and provide relevant guidance and capacity development activities including training
    5. Propose pilot and demonstration projects as necessary
    6. Facilitate transfer of knowledge and best practices by supporting relevant events and through communication and outreach activities
  4. Cooperation and partnership – the Commission shall:
    1. Establish close coordination and efficient working mechanisms with relevant international organizations such as ICAO, IMO, FAO in the area of service delivery
    2. Establish consultative mechanisms with user organizations to receive feedback and advice on services
    3. Consider opportunities for leveraging resources through establishment of joint, including inter-agency, bodies and/or projects addressing common areas of service delivery


The composition of the Commission shall be in accordance with General Regulation 183.

Participation of leading technical experts in services and applications in the field of meteorology, climatology, hydrology, ocean and the other fields covered by these terms of reference, shall be ensured by Members.

UN, international organizations and private sector partners of WMO may be invited to nominate technical experts in their areas of expertise to participate in the work of the Commission in accordance with General Regulation 184.

Working procedures

The Commission shall elect a president and three vice-presidents among the experts on the Commission.

The Commission shall establish effective and efficient working mechanisms and related necessary time-limited subsidiary bodies:

  1. Make effective use of a broad community of practice encompassing Members collective expertise, including the private and academia sectors
  2. Establish a work programme with concrete deliverables and timelines, aligned with the Organization-wide Strategic and Operating Plan and monitor progress regularly appropriate performance indicators and targets
  3. Use effectively electronic forms of coordination and collaboration
  4. Establish effective coordination with other technical commissions, the Research Board, JCOM and other relevant bodies, in particular through the Executive Council’s TCC, as appropriate
  5. Organize effective communication and outreach to inform community of ongoing work, achievements and opportunities
  6. Apply a system for recognition of achievements, promotion of innovation and the participation of young professionals
  7. Ensure regional and gender balance and inclusiveness in all its structures and work plans
  8. Ensure adequate representation and consultation with communities of practice among the service areas