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GCW Steering Group


The GCW Steering Group (GSG) provides high-level guidance on GCW implementation and further development. It is concerned with process and general direction more than specific actions. It establishes and provides guidance to the Working Groups. The GSG is comprised of experts from EC-PORS, relevant WMO Programmes and Technical Commissions, co-sponsored programmes, and from partners and contributors. EC-PORS appoints its chairperson and vice-chairperson. More information on the Steering Group responsibilities is available in its Terms of Reference.

Current Steering Group Members

Árni Snorrason (IMO*), Chair2014 - present
Barry Goodison (WMO, retired), Vice-Chair2014 - present
Gianpaolo Balsamo (ECMWF)2014 - present
Sue Barrell (WMO CBS)2014 - present
Ross Brown (ECCC)2017 - present
Gino Casassa (Geoestudios, UMAG)2014 - present
Michele Citterio (GEUS)2014 - present
Steve Colwell (BAS)2017 - present
Mark Drinkwater (ESA, PSTG)2014 - present
Charles Fierz (IACS)2014 - present
Øystein Godøy (Metno)2014 - present
Lawrence Hislop (CliC)2016 - present
Jeff Key (NOAA)2014 - present
Hugues Lantuit (AWI, GTN-P)2016 - present
Kari Luojus (FMI)2014 - present
Wolfgang Schoener (UGraz)2014 - present
Carven Scott (NOAA)2016 - present
Vasily Smolyanitsky (AARI)2014 - present
Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson (IMO)2017 - present
Ping Zhao (CMA)2017 - present

Past Steering Group Members

Jenny Baeseman (SCAR; CliC IPO, 2014-2015)2014 - 2017
Tetsuo Ohata (NIPR)2014 - 2017
Cunde Xiao (CAS)2014 - 2017
Aimee Devaris (NOAA)2014 - 12/2015
Eric Brun (Météo France)2014
Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten (AWI)2014 - 2015

*Agency and institute acronyms:

AARI - Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (Russia)
AWI - Alfred Wagener Institute (Germany)
CAS - China Academy of Sciences
CliC - WCRP Climate and Cryosphere Project
CMA - China Meteorological Administration
ECCC - Environment and Climate Change Canada
ECMWF - European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
ESA - Eurpean Space Agency
FMI - Finnish Meteorological Institute
Geoestudios - A consulting company, Chile
GEUS - Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
GTN-P - Global Terrestrial Network - Permafrost IACS - International Association of Cryospheric Sciences
IMO - Icelandic Meteorological Office
Metno - Norwegian Meteorological Institute (Meteorologisk institutt)
NIPR - National Institute of Polar Research (Japan)
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (USA)
PSTG - WMO Polar Space Task Group UGraz - University of Graz (Austria)
UMAG - University of Magallanes, Chile
UWaterloo - University of Waterloo (Canada)
WSL - Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research