and implement a plan for achieving and sustaining a mesoscale observing system to meet multiple national needs.

The plan should recognize and account for the complexity associated with the participants’ differing roles, responsibilities, capabilities, objectives, and applications, as well as lessons learned from past experiences. To launch the planning process

  • A mesoscale environment observing system summit should be convened to discuss and recommend the implementation of a NoN and to prescribe a process through which a plan will be developed. Participants from the private sector, federal executive branch, U.S. Congress, national organizations of governors and mayors, and key professional societies should attend.

  • Forums to further discuss and recommend implementations of the mesoscale observing system should be organized by professional societies and associations such as the American Meteorological Society, National Council of Industrial Meteorologists, American Geophysical Union, Commercial Weather Services Association, National Weather Association, American Institute for Chemical Engineering, American Society for Civil Engineering, and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. A leading role should be assumed by the Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise of the American Meteorological Society, the constitution of which is particularly well suited to this task.


Essential core services are defined as those services required to derive levels of function and benefit from a NoN that markedly exceed those currently realized from the assemblage of relatively independent networks. Essential core services include but are not limited to

  • definition of standards for observations in all major applications,

  • definition of metadata requirements for all observations,

  • certification of data for all appropriate applications,

  • periodic “rolling review” of network requirements and user expectations,

  • definition and implementation of data communication pathways and protocols,

  • design and implementation of a data repository for secure real-time access and a limited period for post-time access,

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