ANNEX 3 TO WMO RESOLUTION 40 (Cg-XII)
GUIDELINES FOR RELATIONS BETWEEN NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL OR
HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL SERVICES (NMSs) AND THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR
The purpose of these guidelines is to further improve the
relationship between NMSs and the commercial sector. The
development of the exchange of meteorological and related
information depends greatly upon sound, fair, transparent, and
stable relations between these two sectors.
These guidelines apply to the commercial sector engaged in
meteorological activities, which includes government
organizations engaged in commercial meteorological activities.
In order to enhance the relationship between the two sectors:
- In the common interest, the commercial sector is urged to
respect the international data exchange principles of the WWW and
other WMO Programmes;
- The commercial sector is urged to recognize and acknowledge
the essential contribution of NMSs and of WMO to the activities
of the commercial sector. NMSs and the commercial sector are
urged to recognize the interdependence and mutual benefit
possible from cooperative interaction;
- In the case where the NMS of a country, particularly of a
developing country, were to consider itself affected by the
commercial sector's commercial use of data originated in its own
country, all parties involved shall undertake negotiations to
achieve appropriate and satisfactory agreements;
- Unless authorized to do so by the relevant Member, commercial
sector providers of meteorological services should not publicly
issue warnings and forecasts relevant to the safety of life and
property in the country or maritime area where they operate.
Warnings and forecasts relevant to the safety of life and
property publicly issued by the commercial sector should be
consistent with those originated by NMSs or by other official
originators in the course of the performance of their public
- In providing services, the commercial sector should be
encouraged to employ meteorological terminology consistent with
established national and international practice;
- Commercial sector providers of meteorological services should
respect the sovereignty and rules and regulations of the
countries in which they deliver services;
- NMSs are encouraged to discuss with their countries'
meteorological community and professional societies the issues
associated with the international activities of the commercial
- NMSs are encouraged to collaborate with their countries'
commercial sector and their professional societies to maximize
the use of meteorological information within their country.
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