The use of more and better assimilated observational data, especially from the Global Basic Observation Network (GBON), is enabling designated Global Data-processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS) Centres to produce higher quality and more accurate analysis and prediction products. These high-quality operational products are then made available for the use of all WMO Members. Now, to improve discoverability and accessibility for Members, the GDPFS has launched a new web portal: https://community.wmo.int/gdpfs-web-portal.
The portal integrates the essential information of all designated Centres, including focal points and websites. The list of mandatory GDPFS products from each Centre is shown with direct links to the corresponding metadata records in the WMO Information System (WIS). This seamless linkage between the two systems allows Members to quickly and easily discover information on GDPFS products in WIS. The portal also offers direct links to the inventories or open data servers of the Centres, where available, which provide Members with another means of accessing GDPFS data. The various options greatly enhance data discoverability and accessibility of GDPFS products.
As GDPFS evolves, seamless data access is a priority in order to strengthen weather and climate services and to ensure that no Members are left behind. The adoption of the WMO Unified Data Policy by the Extraordinary World Meteorological Congress in October promises to bring broader and easier access to high-quality modelling data and products to all WMO Members.
Background: The Global Data-processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS) is an international mechanism that coordinates the capacity of WMO Members to prepare and make meteorological analyses and forecast products available to all Members. It enables the delivery of harmonized services and is organized as a network of Global, Regional and National Centres. Over 130 officially designated GDPFS Centres offer a vast variety of data and products to Members, including numerical weather and climate prediction products as well as ocean and atmospheric transport products.