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CR 47:13-20 (2011)  -  DOI:

Contribution to the CR Special: 'Climate services for sustainable development'

Climate Data Management Systems: status of implementation in developing countries

Denis Stuber1,*, Albert Mhanda2, Christiana Lefebvre3

1Climatology Directorate, Meteo France, 31057 Toulouse cedex 1, France
2Zimbabwe Climate Change Office, Cnr Central Ave/4th Street, Harare, Zimbabwe
3Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), Marine Met. Monitoring Centre, 20359 Hamburg, Germany

ABSTRACT: In the mid-1980s, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) began a major initiative, the CLICOM (CLImate COMputing) project, to support the storage and management of climatological data, particularly in developing countries. The CLICOM project was characterised by a common software shared by almost 100 countries. In 2010 the picture has completely changed. It is no longer one but several Climate Data Management Systems (CDMSs) that are now available to National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs). New CDMSs fall into a number of categories whose technical solutions, functions and commercial policies differ. We discuss the methods used to distribute these CDMSs as well as their worldwide installation, and we propose a way to assess their implementation.

KEY WORDS:Climate Data Management Systems · CDMS · WMO support · Training · Developing countries

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Cite this article as: Stuber D, Mhanda A, Lefebvre C (2011) Climate Data Management Systems: status of implementation in developing countries. Clim Res 47:13-20.

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