Terms of Reference
The Joint WMO/IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) shall:
(i) Coordinate, develop and recommend standards and procedures for the work of Members/Member States in the overall collection, exchange, access, understanding, application and delivery of marine meteorological and oceanographic data, information, forecasts and warnings upon which marine meteorological and oceanographic services and marine-related decision-making processes are based.
(ii) Coordinate, develop and recommend standards and procedures for the work of Members/Member States in the overall collection, management, exchanges and archival of high-quality marine meteorological and oceanographic data, information and products, on which climate studies, predictions and services, as well as impact and adaptation strategies, are based.
(iii) Promote and facilitate the international sharing of implementing experience, transfer of technology and research uptake, and support relevant education and training to meet the capacity development needs of national agencies and of other organizations that play a role in the provision of marine meteorological and oceanographic services.
In this regard, the Commission will give special attention to education and training, and technology transfer initiatives on marine meteorological and oceanographic data, products and services that respond to the needs of, and build capacity in, the developing countries with particular emphasis on the Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. Additionally, the Commission will support cooperation among WMO, IOC and other Untied Nations agencies that are members of UN-Oceans, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), the International Council for Science (ICSU) and other governmental and non-governmental organizations, the private sector as well as user organizations, on matters related to marine meteorology and oceanography.
Within its terms of responsibility as defined above, and consistent with the IOC Statutes, the Joint WMO/IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology shall have responsibilities common to all WMO Technical Commissions as defined in WMO General Regulation 179, and shall structure its work to address societal outcomes as envisaged by the planning documents of the parent organizations, by creating an operating plan focusing on the areas identified within its specific terms of reference and addressing appropriate (or applicable) strategic thrusts and expected results.
JCOMM also has the sub-groups : Observations Programme Area (OPA) , Observations Coordination Group (OCG) , Sea Level Observation Team , GLOSS Group of Experts , Global Ocean Ship-based Hydrographic Investigations Program (GO-SHIP) , Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) , DBCP Executive Board (DBCP-EB) , DBCP Task Team on Environmental Stewardship (TT-ES) , DBCP Task Team on Capacity Building (TT-CB) , DBCP Task Team on Moored Buoys (TT-MB) , DBCP Task Team on Data Management (TT-DM) , DBCP Task Team on Data Buoy Best Practices and Technology Development (TT-DBPD) , DBCP Task Team on Wave Measurement (TT-WM) , Pilot Project on High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (PP-HRSST) , DBCP Working Group on data buoy Vandalism , DBCP National Focal Points for buoy programmes (DBCP-NFP) , DBCP Action Groups , International Arctic Buoy Programme (IABP) , WCRP-SCAR International Programme for Antarctic Buoys (IPAB) , DBCP-PICES North Pacific Data Buoy Advisory Panel (NPDBAP) , Surface Marine programme of the Network of European Meteorological Services, EUMETNET (E-SURFMAR) , International Buoy Programme for the Indian Ocean (IBPIO) , International south Atlantic Buoy Programme (ISABP) , International Tsunami Partnership (ITP) , Tropical Moored Buoy Implementation Panel (TIP) , Global Drifter Programme (GDP) , OCEAN Sustained Interdisciplinary Timeseries Environment observation System (OceanSITES) , OceanSITES Steering Team , OceanSITES Data Management Team , OceanSITES Executive Committee , OceanSITES Data Management Co-Chair , National Focal Points for logistical facilities , Ship Observations Team (SOT) , Ship Observations Team Executive Board , Ad-hoc Task Team on Unique Observation ID Scheme (Ad-hoc-TT-UID VOS Obs) , Task Team on Recruitment, Promotion and Training (TT-RPT) , VOS Panel (VOSP) , Task Team on SOOP Metadata (TT-SOOP Metadata) , SOOP Implementation Panel (SOOPIP) , ASAP National Focal Points (ASAP-NFPs) , Task Team on High-Resolution Marine Meteorology (TT-HRMM) , Task Team on Instrument Standards and Satellite Communications Systems (TT-ISSC) , Task Team on VOS Metadata (TT-VOS Metadata) , Ad-hoc Task Team on Key Performance Indicators (Ad-hoc-TT-KPI) , Task Team on Call Sign masking and encoding (TT-Masking) , Port Meteorological Officers - useful contacts (PMOs) , Task Team on ASAP (TT-ASAP) , SOT National Focal Points (SOT-NFPs) , National Marine Services Focal Points – Roles and responsibilities , Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service (WWMIWS) Committee , Co-Presidents of JCOMM , IOC JCOMM National Focal Points , Management Committee (MAN) , Data Management Programme Area (DMPA) , The JCOMM Data Management Coordination Group (DMCG) , Inter-Programme Expert Team on Integrated Marine Meteorological and Oceanographic Services within WMO and IOC Information Systems (IPET-MOIS) , The Expert Team on Marine Climatology (ETMC) , The Expert Team on Data Management Practices (ETDMP) , Coordinator on Table Driven Codes , JCOMM Cross cutting Task Team on Satellite Data Requirements , JCOMM Members (WMO Publication No.5) , Ad hoc Task Team on Marine Competency Requirements (TT-MCR) , Services and Forecasting Systems Programme Area (SFSPA) , Services and Forecasting Systems Coordination Group (SCG) , Coordinator on satellite data requirements , Expert Team on Marine Environmental Emergency Response (ETMEER) , Expert Team on Disaster Risk Reduction (ETDRR) , Expert Team on Sea Ice (ETSI) , Group of Expert: North Indian Ocean Storm Surge modelling , Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project , METAREA Coordinators - Roles and responsibilities , List of Experts on Storm Surges , List of Experts on Wind Waves , Expert Team on Maritime Safety Services (ETMSS) , Expert Team on Waves and Coastal Hazards Forecasting Systems (ETWCH) , Ad hoc Task Team on JCOMM Coordination for Marine Environmental Emergency Responses , JCOMM-4 , JCOMM-4 delegates , JCOMM-4 attendees , Joint CAgM-JCOMM Task Team on Weather, Climate and Fisheries , JCOMM Joint Secretariat , Geneva Secretariat , Paris Secretariat , JCOMM Observations Programme Support centre , JTA Executive Committee , Cross-cutting Task Team for Integrated Marine Meteorological and Oceanographic Services within WIS (TT-MOWIS) , Joint CCl/CLIVAR/JCOMM Expert Team on Climate Change Detection and Indices (ETCCDI) , SATCOM , SATCOM Executive Committee .