11 June 2020
Accurate forecasts of the weather and the ocean are necessary to keep people safe at sea. Producing these forecasts requires large amounts of data collected by multiple organisations from different countries. Similarly, scientific studies investigating the past, present and future of our oceans require a wide range of meteorological and oceanographic data.
The international collaboration required to gather and exchange this data is governed under the auspices of the World Meteorolgical Organisation (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) through JCOMM: the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology. In order to mark World Ocean Day on 8 June, the 70th anniversary of the WMO, and the 60th anniversary of the IOC, the WMO has published a history of JCOMM. This personal history is written by Peter Dexter, a former co-president of JCOMM.
The document is available from the WMO library website