Technical Conference for Instruments and Methods

The WMO Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observations (CIMO) organized a Technical Conference on Meteorological and Environmental Instruments and Methods of Observation (TECO) in Madrid, Spain, from 27 to 30 September 2016. The theme was “Ensuring sustained high-quality meteorological observations from sea, land and upper atmosphere in a changing world”. Its aim was to promote an exchange of information on the latest developments in instrumentation, methods of observation and related topics and to strengthening collaboration between the various communities contributing to the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) and Telecommunication Systems (SatCom-2016).

Some 400 participants used the opportunity to discuss recent achievements and experiences in traceability and standardization as well as in observing technologies and intercomparisons. They also focused on the challenges of continuous improvement in observing technologies. Presentations covered CIMO-related areas, marine observations, atmospheric composition measurements, metrology, satellite observations and the manufacture of hydrometeorological equipment. A special session was dedicated to celebrating the centennial of continuous observations at the Izaña Observatory, which acts as CIMO Lead Centre.

The Professor Dr Vilho Väisälä Award ceremony also took place at the Conference. The first Award for an Outstanding Research Paper on Instruments and Methods of Observation was established in 1985. The second for Development and Implementation of Instruments and Observations was established in 2004.

For their outstanding paper “Reference quality upper-air measurements: GRUAN* data processing for the Vaisala RS92 radiosonde,” the 25th Väisälä Award was granted to:

  • Ruud Dirksen (Deutscher Wetterdienst, Germany),
  • Michael Sommer (Deutscher Wetterdienst, Germany),
  • Franz Immler (Directorate General for Research and innovation, European Commission, Belgium),
  • Dale Hurst (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Rigel Kivi (Finnish Meteorological Institute, Arctic Research Centre)
  • Holger Vömel (National Centre for Atmospheric Research, USA)


For their outstanding paper “Survey on alternatives for dangerous and obsolete instruments: evaluation of the questionnaire and recommendations for alternatives,” the 26th Väisälä Award was granted to:

  • Amudha Bakthavathsalu (India Meteorological Department)
  • Rabia Merrouchi (Direction de la Météorologie Nationale, Morocco) 


TECO was held in conjunction with the Meteorological Technology World Expo 2016, the second International Workshop on Metrology for Meteorology and Climate (MMC-2016), and the First International Forum of Users of Satellite Data. All the posters and presentations from CIMO-TECO 2016 are compiled as an Instruments and Observing Methods (IOM) report and accessible in the WMO online Library.


*Global Climate Observation System (GCOS) Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN) 

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