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About the GDSIDB: Structure and Meetings
The GDSIDB is a project under JCOMM. A Steering Committee for the GDSIDB is co-chaired by Ivan Frolov, Director, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia; and Roger Barry, Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, USA. The Steering Committee meets approximately every two years, and in 2001, was composed of representatives from Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Russia, and the U.S.
The JCOMM Expert Team on Sea Ice contributes to the GDSIDB project. The Team is chaired by Vasily Smolyanitsky, AARI, and, in 2001, included representatives from Argentina, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Russia, and the U.S. The WMO provides this information about JCOMM:
In line with its status as a technical commission of WMO, JCOMM is an intergovernmental body of technical experts in the field of oceanography and marine meteorology, with a mandate to prepare both regulatory (what Member States shall do) and guidance (what Member States should do) material relating to marine observing systems, data management and services. The role of the full commission in session is to act as a final review body for activities, proposals and recommendations prepared for it by its sub-structure of working groups, expert teams and rapporteurs. Based on these, it then prepares recommendations for actions by Member States, for consideration and adoption by the respective governing bodies of WMO and IOC.
GDSIDB meetings are documented in WMO reports. The following reports are provided courtesy of the AARI GDSIDB. The AARI GDSIDB Web site includes other related documentation as well.
GDSIDB Sessions Reports
(PDF files from AARI)
- WMO Sea Ice Nomenclature (WMO-No.259) and Sea-ice Information Services in the World (WMO-No.574) are available for downloading from the AARI GDSIDB Web site
- The International Ice Charting Working Group (IICWG)
- JCOMM: The Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology