Eastern European, Caucasus and Central Asia countries
EUMETSAT is committed to supporting National Meteorological Services in World Meteorological Organization Regional Association VI (Europe) and in Central Asian countries.
EUMETSAT participates in a vast range of activities in the international arena in the pursuit of its strategy.
The Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS)
The CGMS is an international forum for coordinating operational and R&D space agency activities.
The objective of EUMETSAT’s cooperation in these regions is to support users, mainly the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS), to be able to access EUMETSAT data and products and to provide them with regular information on EUMETSAT’s activities and future plans. This is part of EUMETSAT’s strategy to promote operational access to its data.
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EUMETSAT also supports the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Regional Association VI (RA-VI) regional strategic operation plan, which calls for “improved capitalisation of regional assets (which includes the EMI, EUMETSAT, EUMETNET and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Interstate Council on Hydrometeorology (ICH)) by encouraging broader use of outputs”.
In 2009, EUMETSAT initiated regular “Information Days” with representatives from the Western Balkan, Eastern European and Caucasian regions’ NMHS, in order to facilitate the exchange of information and gather feedback from users of EUMETSAT data and products.
EUMETSAT, in partnership with some of its Member States and in cooperation with the WMO, also initiated the Data Access for Western Balkan, Eastern European and Caucasian Countries (DAWBEE) project in early 2010, in order to support operational access to EUMETSAT data and products in those countries.
Furthermore, EUMETSAT maintains contact with the NMHS within the Central Asia region, and initiated the Satellite Data for Central Asia (SADCA) project in cooperation with the Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS).
The objective of the project was to ensure that 11 RA-VI National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) located in the Balkans and Black Sea area, which are not EUMETSAT Member States, have operational access to data distributed through EUMETCast.
Through this project, EUMETCast stations (known as DAWBEE stations) were installed at the premises of the 11 NMHS. Activities (user requirements, design of the station, installation and local training) were implemented with the support of experts from neighbouring EUMETSAT Member States, which have established cooperation with these NMHS. Specific training activities also took place as part of the project.
All DAWBEE stations were installed in 2011. EUMETSAT then supported upgrades of these stations, notably for the migration to DVB-S2, as well as for the inclusion of Meteosat-8 Indian Ocean data.
EUMETSAT provides regular distance support, as well as user training in the region. In 2019, following discussion with the NMHS, EUMETSAT supported a major upgrade of the stations, ensuring that the NMHS could fully benefit from the Meteosat-8 data over the Indian Ocean and from the Meteosat Rapid Scan Service.
More Information can be found in the related factsheet .
The SADCA project is a joint initiative between the TSMS and EUMETSAT to promote operational access to meteorological satellite data by the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) of the 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 (known as SADCA stations) were installed in those countries, while forecasters from each national service were trained by EUMETSAT and the TSMS.
The implementation of the project has been concluded and the NMHS are now benefiting from high quality Meteosat data for daily weather forecasts.
The SADCA stations were upgraded in 2016 in order to allow the reception and visualisation of Meteosat-8 data over the Indian Ocean.
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