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Working Group on Meteorology (WG-M)

In order to coordinate efforts in the implementation of various programmes and activities related to meteorology with the aim to better support the socio-economic development process in the PTC region and to help accomplish the strategic goals and objectives as mentioned under the Meteorological Component of the Coordinated Technical Plan of the WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) for the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, the PTC has established the Working Group on Meteorology (WGM) as decided during 39th Session of PTC (Myanmar, 5-9 March, 2012) with the following Terms of Reference and operational modalities.

 

Terms of Reference

 

The WGM will promote cooperation among the Members in the implementation of various programmes and activities under the Meteorological Component of the PTC’s Coordinated Technical Plan with the aim to support the socio-economic development process and enhance cooperation among the Members in all the five major components towards this end. The WGM is expected to advise and assist the PTC in:

  •  Identifying priority issues and areas of cooperation in the Meteorological Component;

  •  Promoting and facilitating the exchange of experiences and knowledge on the  latest developments and techniques related to the above issues and areas;

  •  Coordinating and implement priority activities and programmes of the PTC aiming at strengthening capacity of the Members in meteorology;

  •  Mobilizing resources to carry out priority activities of the PTC related to the Meteorological Component;

  •  Developing Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for meteorology and reporting on the activities under the AOP;

  •  Reporting overall progress in the implementation of the Meteorological Component of the PTC’s Coordinated Technical Plan;

  •  Recommending to the PTC’s priority areas, programmes and activities for cooperation in meteorological research by related experts of the Members; and

  •  Performing any other task as assigned by the PTC.

Membership

 

The WGM consists of the following members:

  •  Mrs. Sunitha Devi, India as Chairperson

  •  Mr. Khalid Ahmed Al-Wahaibi, Oman as Vice-Chair

  •  Mr Ali Shareef, Maldives as Vice-Chair

  •  Members of other 6 countries

The PTC invites WMO and ESCAP to continue their involvement in the work of WG-M.  The PTC also requests the other concerned agencies to participate in the activities of WGM. The term of service on the WGM is 1 year, which shall be automatically extended for similar durations unless modified or terminated by the PTC.

Operation modalities

 

In view of the limited financial resources of the PTC Trust Fund, the WG-M is expected to perform its work through email and other means. The WGM shall hold meeting during the annual Session of PTC. The WG-M members, however, may also meet during the inter-sessional period, if so necessary.

Reporting requirements

 

The Chairperson of the WGM is required to report to the PTC on overall progress in the implementation of the Meteorological Component of the Coordinated Technical Plan as well as on the activities with regards to the AOP for meteorology through the PTC Secretariat to the PTC Chairperson and the PTC Members for their consideration under the framework of the PTC.  This report may also include recommendations related to priority activities to be undertaken in the coming years.

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