Application areas

The table below lists all application areas and the respective focal points maintaining requirements for these. For any enquiries or questions on particular requirements recorded in OSCAR, please contact the focal points directly, where an email-address is provided.

Name Focal Point Respons. Org. Description
Aeronautical Meteorology Jitze Van der Meulen
WMO Meteorological information in support of the safety and optimal efficiency of aviation
Agricultural Meteorology Robert Stefanski
WMO Applications of meteorology to agriculture (agrometeorology).
Climate Monitoring (GCOS) GCOS Secretariat
GCOS The WMO-IOC-UNEP-ICSU Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) is an internationally coordinated network of global observing systems for climate, designed to meet the requirements for climate observations, which are essential to climate monitoring. Climate observations are fundamental to detect, model and assess climate change, support adaptation to climate change, monitor the effectiveness of policies for mitigating climate change, develop climate information services, promote sustainable national economic development and meet other requirements of the UNFCCC and other convention and agreements.
Climate Science Michel Rixen
WCRP This application area aims at coordinating international research to improve the understanding, analysis and prediction of the Earth System
Forecasting Atmospheric Composition Richard Eckman
WMO Applications from global to regional scales (with horizontal resolutions similar to global NWP (~ 10 km and coarser) with stringent timeliness requirements (NRT) to support operations such as sand and dust storm and chemical weather forecasts.
Global NWP Masahiro Kazumori
WMO Global Numerical Weather Prediction
High Res NWP Alexis Doerenbecher
WMO High Resolution Numerical Weather Prediction
Hydrology Silvano Pecora
Monitoring Atmospheric Composition Richard Eckman
WMO Applications related to evaluating and analysing changes (temporally and spatially) in atmospheric composition regionally and globally to support treaty monitoring, climatologies and re-analyses, assessing trends in composition and emissions/fluxes, and to better understand processes, using data of controlled quality (and with less stringent time requirements (not needed in NRT)), and used in products such as Ozone and Greenhouse Gas Bulletins, and State/Health of the Atmosphere reports.
Nowcasting / VSRF Alexander Kann
WMO Nowcasting and Very Short Range Forecasting
Ocean Applications Agnes Lanes
WMO Ocean applications as addressed by the JCOMM
Providing Atmospheric Composition information to support services in urban and populated areas Richard Eckman
WMO Applications that target limited areas (with horizontal resolution of a few km or smaller and stringent timeliness requirements to support services related to weather/climate/pollution, such as air quality forecasting.
SSLP Jeff Knight
WMO Sub-seasonal to longer predictions (SSLP) covers predictions in sub-seasonal to decadal time-ranges (roughly two weeks to 10 years), using numerical prediction models based on current and past observations and analyses.
Space Weather Larisa Trichtchenko
WMO-ISES Space weather is a discipline which aims at observing, understanding and predicting the state of the Sun, of the interplanetary and planetary environments, their disturbances, and the potential impacts of these disturbances on biological and technological systems.