International Radio Occultation Working Group (IROWG)
The International Radio Occultation Group (IROWG) was established as a permanent Working Group of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) at the 37th meeting on 26-30 October 2009 (Jeju Island, South Korea). The IROWG is co-sponsored by CGMS and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The IROWG serves as a forum for operational and research users of radio occultation data. Links to the other International Science Working Groups (ISWG) of CGMS can be found here.
The IROWG is established to foster the:
- Development of better measurements, and improvement of their utilization;
- Improvement of scientific understanding;
- Development of international partnerships.
Recommendations for consideration at the CGMS meetings are generally formulated during dedicated IROWG workshops, following the convention of other ISWG. These workshops are organized by two appointed co-chairs. The interaction with CGMS is generally through Working Groups at the annual CGMS meetings. Practically the interaction between the different ISWG and CGMS is realised through a rapporteur who participates regularly in CGMS meetings. Recommendations from the ISWG are considered by the CGMS working groups and plenary and can lead to recommendations/actions and pertinent changes in the operational systems.
The Terms of Reference of the IROWG, including information on membership, organization, and workshop arrangement, can be found here.
The IROWG is open to participation from representatives of the user community expressing interest and/or willing to contribute to RO science and its applications. Information on the IROWG mailing list and contact to IROWG co-chairs can be found here.
Additional information and credits about the IROWG can be found here.