Korea Meteorological Administration hosts 45th CGMS meeting

From 12 to 16 June, the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) is hosting the 45th plenary session of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Climate features high on this year’s agenda. The results of a survey of existing and planned climate records of essential climate variables observable from space performed by the Joint CEOS/CGMS Working Group on Climate will be examined, and the gap analysis undertaken with the resulting inventory will be discussed.

The session will also continue the discussion on how to coordinate the CGMS response to the requirements for space-based observations expressed by the Implementation Plan of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS).

Finally, in response to the Paris Agreement, CGMS will discuss international coordination of existing and planned missions contributing observations of atmospheric CO2 to a future global information system for monitoring anthropogenic emissions and natural CO2 fluxes.

The plenary session will also examine preliminary results of the latest new generation geostationary meteorological satellites launched by CMA (FY-4A) and NOAA (GOES-16) and discuss potential cooperation projects involving new methodologies of deriving information on aerosols, fire, drought and flooding.

Protection of the radio frequency spectrum for operations of meteorological and environmental satellites, such as EUMETSAT’s Metop Second Generation and Copernicus Sentinel missions will also be addressed.


The primary objective of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites is to support Earth observation for weather and climate monitoring. CGMS members are the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and IOC-UNESCO, representing the users, and operators of meteorological satellites (operational and R&D space agencies).  EUMETSAT has held the CGMS Secretariat since it joined CGMS in 1987.

For more information, please visit www.cgms-info.org


The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and one Cooperating State (Serbia).

EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat-9, -10 and -11 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-8 over the Indian Ocean.

EUMETSAT also operates two Metop polar-orbiting satellites as part of the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) shared with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

EUMETSAT is also a partner in the cooperative high precision ocean altimetry Jason missions involving Europe and the United States (Jason-2, Jason-3 and Jason-CS/Sentinel-6).

The data and products from EUMETSAT’s satellites are vital to weather forecasting and make a significant contribution to the monitoring of environment and climate change.

The European Union has entrusted EUMETSAT with exploiting the four Sentinel missions of the Copernicus space component dedicated to the monitoring of atmosphere, ocean and climate on its behalf. EUMETSAT will carry out these tasks in cooperation with ESA.

EUMETSAT has established cooperation with operators of Earth Observation satellites from Europe and China, India, Japan, Russia and the United States.

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