DMG Warning Monitoring
The Warning Monitoring is part of the DMG-Monitoring Procedure. Detailed information on the whole subject can be found in the EUR Doc 018, App. C.
When does the warning monitoring take place?
The warning monitoring is part of the DMG-Monitoring which is performed each year from the 1st until the 14th February. The focal point issues a reminding e-mail at least 2 weeks before the actual monitoring in order to raise the awareness. The warning monitoring itself is performed in two parts:
- WS-SIGMET & SPECIAL AIREP Monitoring
- Always on the first Wednesday of the DMG-monitoring period
- WV-SIGMET, SPECIAL AIREP & Volcanic Ash Advisory Monitoring
- Always on the day after the WS-SIGMET Monitoring
The procedure in short
At the monitoring day, each participating MWO will issue a SPECIAL AIREP-test-message at 10:00 UTC. After that the centre will issue the SIGMET-test-message. These messages will, in a perfect established and set up exchange system, be monitored by all centres in the EUR-region.
From experience it can be said, that not all MWOs in the EUR-region participate and issue test messages. Therefore the period for the monitoring activity starts already at 08:00 UTC and stops at 12:00 UTC in order to try to capture some real SIGMET-messages or SPECIAL AIREP messages from centres not issuing test messages.
A special .csv-format is the favoured way to provide the results to the focal point. This format facilitates the automatic processing and presentation via this website. As not all centres are able to provide the monitoring results in this format, there is also an EXCEL-sheet available which can be used to provide the results to the focal point. This EXCEL-sheet must not be altered in order to facilitate the automated analysing. Detailed information on how to use the EXCEL-sheet, especially the one with macros, can be found in the Warning Monitoring Procedure.
The detailed "Warning Monitoring Procedure" can be found on the ICAO Paris website in EUR Doc 018, Appendix C, chapter C.9.The link to this document, downloads for the before mentioned EXCEL-files (with and without macros) as well as an example for a .csv-file can be found in the below table.
|Warning Monitoring Procedure|
|EXCEL-Sheet for Monitoring Results with Makros|
|EXCEL-Sheet for Monitoring Results without Makros|
|Example for .csv file|