The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has launched a new web portal to make key meteorological analyses and forecast products more readily accessible to members.
The WMO Extraordinary Congress recently adopted the WMO Unified Policy for the International Exchange of Earth System Data. One of the important outcomes from this will be broader and easier access to high-quality analysis and prediction products.
Meanwhile, the use of more and better assimilated observational data, especially those from the Global Basic Observation Network (GBON), will enable designated Global Data-Processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS) Centers to produce higher-quality and more accurate analysis and prediction products, which will then be made available to all members.
To improve the availability and accessibility of information and products of designated GDPFS Centers, the new web portal provides a one-stop page and integrates essential information, including focal points and links to websites.
The list of mandatory GDPFS products for each designated center is shown interactively, with direct links to the corresponding metadata records on the WMO Information System (WIS). It creates a seamless link between GDPFS and WIS, allowing all members to quickly and easily discover information about GDPFS products on the WIS.
The web portal also integrates direct links to inventories or open data servers of the centers, if available, which provide members with one more option to get GDPFS data. The various options offered by the web portal will greatly enhance data discoverability and the accessibility of GDPFS products.
To view the GDPFS web portal, click here.