The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is very active in developing standards that cater for emerging technologies and that allow interoperability between communities that previously were not able to easily communicate. Embracing these standards will allow the meteorological community to reach out to a wider audience, and keep up with the ever changing landscape of Internet-based services.
The general aim of the workshops on the use of GIS/OGC standards in meteorology is to promote collaboration between meteorological services in order to agree on a set of common geo-science standards, especially OGC standards, that will enhance interoperability. In particular, the roadmap for activities of the OGC Meteorology & Oceanography Domain Working Group (Met Ocean DWG) should be discussed and reviewed. The Met Ocean DWG was established in 2009 after this was recommended during the first workshop held at ECMWF in 2008.