CGMS provides an international forum coordinating R&D and operational space agency activities in support of weather and climate monitoring and forecasting in order to fulfill user requirements as far as is possible.
The Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) came into being on 19 September 1972, when representatives of the European Space Research Organisation (since 1975 called the European Space Agency, ESA), Japan, the United States of America, Observers from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the Joint Planning Staff for the Global Atmosphere Research Programme met in Washington to discuss questions of compatibility among geostationary meteorological satellites.
The objective of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) is the global coordination of the operational meteorological satellite systems, including protection of in orbit assets, contingency planning, improvement of quality of data, support to users, facilitation of shared data access and development of the use of satellite products in key application areas. The coordination is pursued from an end-to-end perspective, through development of multi-lateral coordination and cooperation across all meteorological satellite operators in close coordination with the user community (WMO, IOC-UNESCO and other entities) .
CGMS is also behind a number of initiatives, including Global Space-based Inter-Calibration System (GSICS), the Sustained, Coordinated Processing of Environmental Satellite Data for Climate Monitoring (SCOPE-CM) and the Virtual Laboratory (VLab).
EUMETSAT joined CGMS in 1987 and has been the permanent Secretariat of CGMS since then. CGMS currently consists of 15 member organisations in addition to a number of observers. The CGMS Secretariat represents CGMS Members in a number of International bodies such as the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), Group on Earth Observation (GEO), and the Space Frequency Coordination Group (SFCG).
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