See Location Information and Travel for the OGC Technical Committee and Planning Committee Meetings.
non-members of the OGC are invited to attend the "Oceans/Met/Hydro Water
Cycle Summit" to learn what has been accomplished so far by the two
working groups and to discuss what remains to be done.
to easily exchange hydrological, oceanographic, meteorological and
climatological information in a timely and useful fashion is becoming
increasingly important for operational purposes as well as research. New
information technologies present new opportunities for collecting, publishing,
discovering, accessing and using data, but open, international interface and
encoding standards and best practices are necessary to make the most of these
These two OGC
working groups provide venues and a mechanism for seeking technical and
institutional solutions to the challenge of describing and exchanging data about
the state and location of water resources and atmospheric and oceaonographic phenomena.
The groups work to ensure that OGC standards allow the hydrological,
meteorological, and ocean observation communities to achieve effective
interoperability across the world's information technology infrastructure.
will focus on information system interoperability as it relates to
understanding the water cycle, though other domain requirements also shape the
development of the relevant interface and encoding standards.
While the WMO's
Commission for Hydrology (CHy) has the recognized mandate to publish and
promote international hydrology standards, the OGC contributes to the process
with its resources and experience in guiding collaborative development among
disparate participants in a rapidly evolving technological environment. The OGC
Hydrology Domain Working Group is open to both member and non member
participation and is intended to be a public forum for communication. A similar
relationship exists between the WMO's Commission for Basic Services (CBS) and
the OGC Meteorology and Oceanography Domain Working Group. The email list and the wiki for each Working Group are open to
all interested parties.