EUMETSAT is committed to support National Meteorological Services in World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Association VI (Europe) and in the Central Asia countries, which are not EUMETSAT Cooperating or Member States.
The objective of EUMETSAT’s cooperation in these regions is to support users, mainly the NMHS, to access EUMETSAT data and products and get provide them regularly with information on EUMETSAT’s current activities and future plans. This is part of EUMETSAT strategy to promote operational access to its data and supports the WMO Regional Association VI (RA-VI) Strategicregional operation Plan, which calls in particular for “Improved capitalization on Regional assets ( ECMWF, EUMETSAT, EUMETNET, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Interstate Council on Hydrometeorology (ICH)) by encouraging broader use of outputs”.
In 2009, EUMETSAT initiated the organisation of regular meetings with representatives of the National Meteorological Services of these countries, in order to facilitate the exchange of information and gather feedback from the users of EUMETSAT data and products in these countries.
EUMETSAT has also initiated the Data Access for Western Balkan, Eastern European and Caucasian Countries (DAWBEE) project in order to support operational access to EUMETSAT data and products in these countries.
Further, EUMETSAT initiated the Satellite Data for Central Asia (SADCA) Project in cooperation with the Turkish State Meteorlogical Service (TSMS).
In its effort to maximise the use of its satellite data and products, EUMETSAT, in partnership with some of its Member States and in cooperation with the WMO, initiated the Data Access for Western Balkan and Eastern Europe (DABEE) project in early 2010. The project ended in summer 2011.
The objective of the Data Access for Western Balkan and Eastern European and Caucasian Countries (DAWBEE) project was to ensure that eleven RA-VI National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) located in the Balkans and Black Sea area, which are not EUMETSAT Member or Cooperating States have operational access to data distributed through EUMETCast.
Through this project, EUMETCast stations (called DAWBEE stations) were installed at the premises of the eleven NMHS. Several activities (user requirements, design of the station, installation and local training) were implemented with the support of experts from neighbouring EUMETSAT Member and Cooperating States which have established cooperation with these NMHSs. Specific training activities also took place within the project.
More Information can be found in the Factsheet.
SADCA, the Satellite Data access for Central Asia project, is a joint initiative of the Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS) and EUMETSAT to promote the operational access to meteorological satellite data by the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) of five Central Asian countries: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. It supports the Strategic Plan of the World Meteorological Organization’s Regional Association – II.
In 2014, five EUMETCast stations (called SADCA stations) were installed in the above mentioned countries, while forecasters from each national service were trained by EUMETSAT and the Turkish State Meteorological Service.
The implementation of the project has been concluded, and the NMHS are now benefiting from high quality Meteosat data for daily weather forecasts.