The 5th session of the WMO/IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM-5), held in Geneva in October 2017, established a global network of National Marine Services Focal Points (here after referred to as Focal Points) with the aim of delivering improved marine services for shipping, fishing, recreational boating and coastal activities. This new network aligns with the WMO strategy to develop national capabilities and enhance Members’ status as the authoritative voice on services for mariners and coastal activities.
The Focal Points are responsible for gathering user requirements, fostering partnerships and monitoring service delivery at the national level. They share user requirements with the Committee for the IMO/WMO Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service. They also contribute to the maintenance of national service information in relevant international documentation. Further details about the terms of reference for Focal Points are available on the JCOMM website.
A number of WMO activities support the Focal Points to continually improve their national marine service delivery. This includes implementation of the Marine Forecaster Competency framework, guidelines on marine verification, establishment of marine-related centres within the Global Data Processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS), and contemporary updates to the WMO publications on Marine Meteorological Services.
Over 90% of world trade, worth over US$ 8 trillion, is carried by sea, so it is easy to see how marine weather services provide essential information to aid safety and efficiency-related decision-making aboard vessels, and within fleet operation centres.
The global network of National Marine Services Focal Points currently includes 40 WMO Members. Members who are interested in joining should contact: email@example.com.