Disseminating agrometeorological information is part of a process that begins with scientific knowledge and understanding and ends with the evaluation of the information. But, in order for this information to be useful, it must be accurate, timely, and cost-effective. The Internet is one of the new technologies that can accomplish this since vast amounts of timely information can found with one click of a mouse button. Additionally, the Internet can play a vital role in the training of agrometeorologists by providing useful knowledge to a large number of people in a cost-effective manner.
During an Inter-Regional Workshop on Improving Agrometeorological Bulletins held in Bridgetown, Barbados in October 2001, participants developed the concept of a dedicated web server for agrometeorological products. As a follow up to this recommendation, the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology organized an Expert Group Meeting on Internet Applications for Agrometeorological Products was held in Washington, D.C. during May 2002.
From these meetings, the World AgroMeteorological Information Service (WAMIS) was created. The goal of WAMIS is to make agrometeorological products issued by WMO members available to the global agricultural community on a near real-time basis. These products are produced on either a weekly, monthly, or yearly time frame and the format of the products will range from text and MS Word files to PDFs. Provision of a central location for agrometeorological information can help the users quickly and easily evaluate the various bulletins and gain insight into improving their own bulletins. To further help members improve the quality and presentation of their agrometeorological bulletins, WAMIS will also host a tools and resources section with the themes of data, information, dissemination, and feedback. The materials of this section were compiled from different sources or developed specifically for WAMIS and includes links to useful available software, guides, web portals, training resources, and tutorials.