Western Balkans information day focuses on access to data

EUMETSAT is holding an Information Day for the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) of the Western Balkans region in Podgorica, Montenegro, on 2-3 March.

Friday, 03 March 2017

The aim of the meeting is to enable the NMHS to maximise the benefits from the operational use of the data and products supplied by EUMETSAT from its own satellites and those of the EU’s Copernicus environmental Earth observation programme, for weather forecasting and climate and environment monitoring.

"Earth observation satellites provide information that contributes to our actions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals"

Director-General for Environment in the Montenegro Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Ivana Vojinović said: “Earth observation satellites provide information that contributes to our actions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The cooperation with EUMETSAT is part of our strategy to get up-to-date and high quality data and information to monitor the weather, the climate and our environment and better inform our citizens.”   

EUMETSAT’s Director-General, Alain Ratier, said:  “A significantly increased amount of data is now available to NMHS of the Western Balkans for operational use. This includes not only EUMETSAT data but also data from Copernicus satellites exploited by EUMETSAT on behalf of the EU and numerical forecasts from the ECMWF.”

During the information day, the NMHS reported on their current use of the satellite data. Discussion focused then on the upgrading of NMHS’ EUMETCast reception stations, installed in past years as part of the Data Access for Western Balkan and Eastern Europe (DAWBEE) project to ensure continuous operational access to satellite data and information.

Montenegro last hosted the meeting in 2009. Similar information days were held in Tirana in 2015, Sarajevo in 2013 and Skopje in 2011.

The information day, co-organised by Montenegro’s Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, is part of EUMETSAT’s regular dialogue with users of its data from the region’s NMHS. Representatives from the NMHS of Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo* and Bosnia-Herzegovina are attending the meeting.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence