Virtual Laboratory

Virtual Lab (VLab) is a partnership between specialised training centres and satellite operators.

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Established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS), the Virtual Laboratory for Training and Education in Satellite Meteorology (VLab) the global network of specialised training centres and meteorological satellite operators works together to improve the utilisation of data and products from meteorological and environmental satellites.

EUMETSAT works closely with the training centres, Centres of Excellence, in Oman, Niger, Kenya and South Africa.

In supporting these Centres of Excellence, EUMETSAT works with the centres to make sure they have access to data, and helps them to develop expertise in the use of current and future satellite data. We have a long history supporting training and development outside Europe — the first course in Africa was organised more than 10 years ago. Since then we have seen a significant growth in regional expertise on satellite meteorology.

Regional Focus Groups (RFGs) are an important part of the VLab collaboration. These help forecasters and scientists to develop their skills; working with real data without having to leave the workplace. The regional focus groups are held online and open for anyone with an interest in a particular region to attend.

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In addition, within Europe, the event weeks organised in collaboration with EUMeTrain also form part of the VLab activities. There are online training events, open to everyone, which cover a theme in satellite meteorology. These online events make the training more accessible across the region, compared to a classroom course.

We host the training calendar part for the VLab partners. The calendar can be seen in a simple view or a detailed view.

You can keep up-to-date with all VLab activities via VLab news.

You can find other training resources on the COMET website or via Environmental Satellite Resource Center (ESRC), which is a searchable, database-driven web portal.