Michel Jean of Canada and Jiao Meiyan of China were elected president and vice president of WMO’s Commission for Basic Systems at the Commission’s session which took place from 23–29 November in Guangzhou, China.
Mr Jean is Director General, Canadian Centre for Meteorological and Environmental Prediction, at Environment Canada. Ms Jiao Meiyan is Deputy Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration. They succeed Frederick Branski (USA) and Sue Barrell (Australia).
The Commission for Basic Systems oversees the development, implementation and operation of integrated systems for observing, data processing, data communication and data management. It guides the work of the World Weather Watch, Public Weather Services and WMO Space Programmes. More than 200 participants attended the session which was hosted by the China Meteoroiogical Administration.
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas told the opening ceremony that weather, climate and water areas are now firmly on the international agenda for sustainable development, disaster risk reduction and climate change.
“Therefore the WMO community needs to further strengthen the basic functional pillars and ensure the enhanced basic systems infrastructure to effectively support sustainable development,” he said.
Zheng Guoguang, Permanent Representative of WMO and Administrator of China Meteorological Administration (CMA), said that WMO and NMHSs are facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities. "It's our responsibility to find answers on how to enhance the roles and capabilities of NMHSs and address how to safeguard the socio-economic development and people's safety and well-being,” he said.
He cited an old Chinese proverb on "advance or retreat." “Now we should realize that a slow advance also means a retreat. NMHSs should grasp the opportunities make quick response to the challenges, fulfill our mandates, and speed up the development in order to make our greater contribution. We shall work together to build a more dynamic, well-maintained and more advanced global meteorological governance system for future,” said Zheng Guoguang.
The World Meteorological Congress has tasked CBS to take a leading role in review of the challenges and risks, opportunities and benefits related big data, crowd-sourced data, and social media. As a result, the Commission session was preceded by a Technical Conference on “Emerging trends in information and its use.”
Further details at CMA website