Commission Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise


Terms of Reference

Environmental monitoring by government, academic, and private institutions as well as the general public continues to expand as a result of new technological capabilities and needs. Since the specific objectives driving the continuing support and further development for these observing networks are quite broad, the collective benefits they can potentially offer to the nation are many.


The purpose of the Nationwide Network of Networks (NNoN) committee is to help identify tangible steps that will measurably increase the scientific and economic value of environmental monitoring to the entire weather enterprise and society. The objectives for the NNoN committee follow from the findings and recommendations from the National Research Council’s “Observing Weather, Water, and Climate from the Ground Up: A Nationwide Network of Networks (2009)” report as well as prior NNoN efforts of the AMS described by Stalker et al. (2013, A Nationwide Network of Networks. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 94, 1602–1606).

The NNoN committee will help elicit community feedback regarding critical issues facing those involved in collecting and using environmental observations throughout the nation that are relevant to the U.S. economy as well as public safety needs and interests.  The focus of the NNoN committee is on current and future observing capabilities relevant to monitoring conditions routinely from the earth’s surface through the troposphere. The committee will facilitate collaboration across the weather enterprise to enhance the quantity and quality of data available to meet diverse needs.  For example, the Committee is organizing  The “Forum on Observing the Environment from the Ground Up” to be held 8-9 March 2016 in Washington, D.C. Future Forums and Town Hall meetings at the Annual AMS Meeting are anticipated to follow as a means to further dialogue on these topics.


The NNoN Committee resides within the Board on Enterprise Strategic Topics (BEST) in the Commission on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise (CWWCE).

Committee on the Nationwide Network of Networks (NNoN) – comprising 6-15 members including the Chair to serve for a term of three-years with 1/3 generally rotating off the Committee each year. Membership shall represent the government, academic and private sectors also include the user community. Student membership is encouraged. 

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