Program Area 1: Establishment and Maintenance of Core Observing and Monitoring Stations

Data from dense observation network are ideally required for proper monitoring of atmospheric, sea/ocean, and geologic elements, and for assimilation into numerical predictions for the generation of forecasts (e.g. weather, tsunami, marine, etc.) and subsequent timely issuance of early warning information for disaster prevention. Currently, data shared globally is inadequate for prediction and generation of high-resolution forecast products.

While establishment of key observation stations are a national responsibility, some observation stations generate data for regional benefit. Resource-deficient countries are often unable to establish observation stations that are of regional interest. RIMES works on establishing this kind of stations and, when host countries need assistance, share the responsibility of operating and maintaining these stations. RIMES also facilitates the enlistment of observing and monitoring stations in global networks, for sharing data globally.