WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud is pleased to announce that metadata from the World Meteorological Organization Information System (WIS) will be made available through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) from 13 July onwards. This means that any data registered in the WIS will be automatically registered and thus accessible in GEOSS. This action responds to the commitment made by the World Meteorological Congress in 2007 "that the WIS, as a system with essential data exchange and data management services, would have to play a core role in the GEOSS as an essential WMO contribution with respect to weather, water and climate data and products."
This new functionality complements the existing WIS capability for discovering GEOSS data and products via WIS. This capability is available at WMO’s Global Information and System Centres (GISCs – see www.wmo.int/giscs).
The contribution of WIS metadata to GEOSS further improves the two systems’ interoperability and reflects the WMO Executive Council’s endorsement of GEOSS and its 10-Year Implementation Plan. The Council also called for full support for the GEO process and for GEOSS, support for GEOSS implementation to the maximum extent possible within WMO’s mandate, and the availability through the GEOSS interoperability arrangements of all essential data as defined in WMO Resolution 40 (which addresses the sharing of meteorological data).