December 20, 2011
Report of CGMS-39 now published
The final report of the 39th session of the plenary meeting of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) 2011 is now available online.
CGMS-39 took place in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 3-7 October, and was hosted by the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, Roshydromet.
The report includes actions and recommendations resulting from the meeting. The main outcomes of CGMS-39 were:
The next session of the CGMS plenary meeting will be hosted by WMO in Switzerland on 5-9 November 2012.
CGMS is a forum through which independent satellite agencies’ plans are harmonised to meet common mission objectives and produce compatible data and products from meteorological satellites for users around the world.
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CGMS and EUMETSAT
Upon joining CGMS in 1987, EUMETSAT took on the role of CGMS secretariat on behalf of its members. EUMETSAT is responsible for organising the annual CGMS plenary session with the support of a local host, which is a CGMS member designated on a rotating basis. Between sessions of the annual CGMS plenary, the secretariat is also in charge of facilitating communication between CGMS members and of following up actions agreed during CGMS plenary sessions. Finally, the CGMS secretariat represents CGMS members in a number of international bodies, including WMO, the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and its related Earth Observation International Coordination Working Group (EO-ICWG), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), and the Space Frequency Coordination Group (SFCG).
CGMS was reconfirmed as an important forum for international partnership in the recently approved and updated EUMETSAT strategy. It will continue to be the forum for developing technical coordination activities with other meteorological satellite operators and coordinate the Global Space-based Inter-Calibration System (GSICS).