Commission Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise


Terms of Reference

Overview:  Open, timely access to rich state-of-the-science environmental data, model output, archives and information is crucial for the Weather and Climate Enterprise to optimally serve the nation.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently adopted many recommendations aimed at achieving open environmental information services for that agency that were brought forth by the NOAA Science Advisory Board’s (SAB’s) Environmental Information Services Working Group (EISWG) with the concurrence and input of the SAB’s Climate Working Group (CWG) and Data, Archive, Access and Recovery Working Group (DAARWG).   To help NOAA and similar sources of environmental data ( federal, state, municipalities, etc.) ensure that such services are created and shared according to the principles of the open services paradigm, it is important to have clear and open exchanges amongst members of the Enterprise.  This is especially true in an era of not only rapidly evolving information services, but also in uncertain fiscal conditions that may limit service options.  It is also true that private industry, academia, and other organizations and institutions have access to data, model output, archives and information that is of community-wide value and must be included in the open dialogue. The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is uniquely positioned to host and catalyze such exchanges.  Toward this end, the Committee on Open Environmental Information Services (COEIS) resides under the Board of Enterprise Communication (BEC) of the CWWCE to facilitate these critical discussions.


Goals:  The primary goals of open environmental information services are to ensure that:

  1. The Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise, and therefore the nation as a whole, realize maximum value from environmental information services by ensuring that all potentially useful and relevant information is available to the entire Enterprise;
  2. New environmental information services and technologies are developed openly in symbiotic partnership with all elements of the Enterprise such that the resulting services achieve optimal utility and efficacy when deployed. This includes development in the broadest sense, and includes data bases, access systems, models, data assimilation schemes, applications, measurement and observing systems, and so forth.


Purpose:  The purpose of the COEIS is to build and strengthen bridges between various sectors of the weather and climate communities to help achieve the open environmental information services goals. While much of the focus of COEIS will be towards NOAA environmental services and the communities that develop and use such services, the committee will also work to foster open services with other domestic and foreign members of the Enterprise. While there are a number of forums in which NOAA and related government agencies currently engage the Enterprise on related topics, the COEIS would provide an explicit AMS entity to help encourage, create, promote, organize, expand, standardize, and execute these generally ad hoc efforts today.


The specific tasks of the COEIS shall include:



The specific structure of the COEIS will be as follows:


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