BACKGROUND

Brief introduction

WMO-IOC REGIONAL MARINE INSTRUMENT CENTER FOR THE ASIA AND PACIFIC REGION (RMIC/AP)2

The WMO-IOC Regional Marine Instrument Center  for the Asia-Pacific Region(RMIC/AP) was established by the WMO and the IOC of UNESCO through WMO Congress Resolution 9 (Cg-XVI) and IOC Resolution XXVI-9, based on the National Center of Ocean Standards And Metrology (NCOSM) of the State Oceanic Administration(SOA) in Tianjin, China. 

The RMIC/AP holes activities in support of the Observation Programme Area(OPA) ,under the auspices of the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for the Oceanography and Marine Meteorology(JCOMM). 

Members/ Member States

Members/ Member States of RMIC/AP include the members of WMO Regional Association II and member states of IOC for Asia-Pacific region. 

Establishment

The concept of IOC-WMO Regional Marine Instrument Centre (RMIC) was proposed by the JCOMM Pilot Project for WIGOS. Establishing a world network of RMICs is aiming to facilitate adherence of observational ocean data, metadata, and processed observational products to higher level standards for instruments and methods of observation.

Third Session of the IOC-WMO Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM III), held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 4 to 11 November 2009, which agreed that the establishment of RMICs would be essential to promote standardization and inter-comparability of instrumentation and data, and therefore adopted Recommendation 1 (JCOMM-III) – Establishment of WMO/IOC Regional Marine Instrument Centers, which defines Terms of Reference of an RMIC, including capabilities and corresponding functions, and a mechanism for formal UNESCO/IOC and WMO designation of an RMIC (Annex I). The Commission stressed that a regular review of the RMIC’s capabilities should be organized by JCOMM. It agreed that the established procedure for designing an RMIC should be included into the Guide to Meteorological Instruments and Methods of Observations (WMO-No. 8). These have therefore been submitted to the fifteenth Session of CIMO (Helsinki, Finland, 2-8 September 2010) for inclusion in the Guide.

China's offer made during JCOMM III to host an RMIC for the Asia-Pacific region base on National Centre of Ocean Standards and Metrology (NCOSM) of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) in Tianjin. The WMO Secretariat also visited NCOSM in Tianjin between 26 and 29 July 2010 to discuss the details of the establishment of an RMIC at the, China, and prepare a training workshop on marine instrumentation for the Asia-Pacific region in 2011 in Tianjin. November 2010, The Third Meeting of the Joint Steering Group for the IODE Ocean Data Portal and the WIGOS Pilot Project for JCOMM, China submitted the application of the RMIC for the Asia-Pacific Region (RMIC/AP).

Through IOC Resolution XXVI-9 and WMO Resolution 3.1.4/3, IOC Twenty-sixth Assembly and the WMO Sixteenth Congress recognized the excellent facilities and long experience of the Chinese National Centre of Ocean Standards and Metrology (NCOSM) regarding ocean instrument calibration, evaluation, and testing, and further recognized that the RMICs facilitate the fulfillment of the Members’ need for high quality marine meteorological and oceanographic measurements from the world oceans to address the requirements of WMO and IOC programmes and co-sponsored programmes, and in particular those of the GFCS.

May 2012, the fourth Session of JCOMM (JCOMM Ⅳ), held in Yeosu, Korea, officially awarded NCOSM as the RMIC/AP, also authorized the RMIC/AP to coordinate global inter-comparison activities of marine instruments. The State Oceanic Administration of China, meanwhile, sponsored a grand opening ceremony for the RMIC/AP in Tianjin, China.