Terms of Reference

Purpose:  There are many mesoscale networks owned and operated by the Government, Academic, Private, and User sectors. While the objectives may be different for these networks, the collective benefits they can potentially offer to the nation are many, unlike the simple sum of the individual network benefits currently produced. Additionally, these networks may achieve their individual objectives—such as timely data collection and dissemination, establishment of newer platforms for data access and commerce, to name a few—faster and cost effectively if a nationwide consortium of experts offers the much needed guidance.


The Nationwide Network of Networks (NNoN) began as an AMS initiative in conjunction with the National Research Council’s “Observing Weather, Water, and Climate from the Ground Up: A Nationwide Network of Networks (2009)” report.  The NNoN has facilitated exhaustive discussions of the findings and recommendations of the NRC report as well as studying multiple aspects of linking disparate meteorological monitoring networks for the benefit of US (economy, safety, transportation, etc.). Based on these discussions, a report was developed and posted online (http://www.ametsoc.org/boardpges/cwce/docs/NoN/2011-12-NNoN-Draft-Final-Report.pdf).  A manuscript titled "A Nationwide Network of Networks" by Stalker et al. was submitted to BAMS in October, 2012. The topics the NNoN studied have included architecture and metadata standards, measurement collection and enhancement (e.g., via improved profiles within the boundary layer) strategies, R&D/testbed implementation strategies, and human dimension elements.


The purpose of the NNoN is to facilitate cross-sector discussions of interest to the weather and climate enterprise.  In particular, these discussions will be focused on topics that previous NNoN efforts indicated to be of high priority (eg. the development of a working business model).




  • The NNoN Committee resides within  the Board on Enterprise Strategic Topics (BEST)
  • Six (6) to fifteen (15) Committee members are chosen from candidates with suitable interests within the four sectors (the government, academic, private, and user sectors) and serve three-year terms.
  • Working groups may be developed with leads acting as subcommittee chairpersons.  The working groups will be populated with volunteers with appropriate interests.
  • The NNoN Chair will manage the working groups in consultation with the Chair of the BEST and the CWWCE Commissioner.