The Met Ocean Domain Working Group of OGC is now approaching
its 5th birthday - it was established in 2009 at the OGC Athens Technical
Committee, transformed itself from just 'Meteorology' to 'Meteorology &
Oceanography', and persuaded everyone that Climatology is a subset, so did not
need a separate interest group like Hydrology.
Meteorology is coordinated worldwide through a technical
commission of the United Nations: the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO),
whose roots were established in the 19th century. There is a long tradition of
global standards and interoperability. WMO also has responsibility for hydrology
and collaborates strongly with UNESCO's International Oceanographic Commission
(IOC) over marine matters.