World Meteorological Centre (Beijing)
On January 16, the plate awarding ceremony of World Meteorological Centre (Beijing) takes place in China Meteorological Administration (CMA), marking China's meteorological forecast capability has marched into the world top rankings.
During the 69th Session of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council held in Geneva from May 10 to 17, CMA was officially designated as the World Meteorological Centre (WMC). As a result, it becomes one of a kind as the WMC among developing countries.
WMC is the global core organization of meteorological forecast and prediction. According to the requirement of WMO, WMCs are responsible for providing stable, abundant, and high-quality seamless weather analysis, forecast, and prediction products for other countries. In addition, they are also leading players in developing international training of meteorological forecasting technique and technical exchange.
CMA will take this event as an opportunity to renew its efforts to establish an international communication and exchange mechanism for weather forecast and prediction. As a result, striking a global forecast and prediction centre, a fast weather data exchange centre, and an international platform for weather consultation will be a part of the efforts.
As of now on the WMC list there are eight members. In 1967 WMO designated America, Russia, and Australia as WMC. The 69th Session of the WMO adds five new WMCs to the list. In addition to CMA, the other four centres are settled in European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Exeter of the United Kingdom, Montreal of Canada, and Tokyo of Japan.
According to the latest Manual on the Global Data-processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS), the GDPFS is organized as a three-level system of World Meteorological Centres (WMCs), Regional Specialized Meteorological Centres (RSMCs) and National Meteorological Centres (NMCs), which carry out GDPFS functions at the global, regional and national levels, respectively. (January 16)
Reporter Zhang Gemiao
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