Executive Council of the WMO at its 69th session recognized that early warnings for weather, water and climate hazards have demonstrated to be very effective in reducing loss of life and property and that there is a necessity that warning information from all countries should be made more easily available for decision makers at different levels including the United Nations humanitarian agencies and general public. Therefore it endorsed the GMAS vision to be recognized globally by decision makers as a resource of authoritative warnings and information related to high-impact weather, water, ocean and climate events.
The concept of the GMAS and its implementation plan including identification of users’ requirements is being developed for consideration of Executive Council 70th session in 2018. The idea of GMAS future functionalities includes the platform for gathering the warnings from authorized national authorities, in particular National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, who are recognized as both, stakeholders and potential users as the ultimate condition for GMAS is to use only official warnings.
Support of humanitarian actions of UN institutions has been identified as the first priority of GMAS development. The intention is to provide UN bodies with warnings from NMHSs and other relevant WMO products to enable them plan and coordinate their activities efficiently without need for searching for alternative information sources. As a result the visibility of NMHSs should increase.
In the second step, a discussion on necessity, possible forms and means of provision of warnings to general public using GMAS is considered.
The leveraging with existing activities and mechanisms of WMO, in particular discussion with Regional Associations and Technical Commissions is recognized as critical component of implementation plan to prevent duplication of effort to contribute to Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction target G on increasing the availability of early warning information for public.
Commission for Hydrology was represented at October GMAS meeting by responsible AWG member to promote hydrological services’ needs towards future GMAS. What can you do concerning GMAS?
1) Ensure that your hydrological service is listed in Alerting Authorities database as institution responsible for flood warnings (or warnings for other phenomena). Editing of National entries of the database is done by National Meteorological Service in Your country.
2) Contact AWG member Jan Danhelka at email@example.com with your requirements and needs as potential user and stakeholder of GMAS (what benefits would you expect from sharing your warnings via GMAS, what limitations and conditions you see for GMAS implementation etc.).