EUMETSAT hosts 44th CGMS Meeting

From 5 to 10 June 2016, EUMETSAT will be hosting the 44th plenary session of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) in Biot, France.

Friday, 03 June 2016

This year’s plenary session will review the implementation of the plan agreed by India (ISRO), China (CMA), Russia (Roshydromet) and Europe (EUMETSAT) to jointly secure the continuation of Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC) services, after Meteosat-7 is de-orbited in April 2017. The European contribution consists of relocating Meteosat-8 to 41.5° East, which is expected to be approved  by the EUMETSAT Council at the end of June 2016. 

The plenary session will also address future requirements related to nowcasting and Short Range Numerical Weather Prediction. As Ken Holmlund, EUMETSAT’s Chief Scientist explains, “One challenge is to prepare for the use of data from the new types of instruments available from the geostationary orbit, like advanced multispectral imagers, hyperspectral infrared sounders and lightning mappers. In order to ensure these data are used efficiently from day one, the CGMS satellite agencies and the weather services need to work hand in hand on all scientific and operational aspects of the challenge.”

"One challenge is to prepare for the use of data from the new types of instruments..."

Climate will also be on the agenda with the report of the CEOS/CGMS Joint Climate Working Group and dedicated discussions to prepare a coordinated response of the CGMS space agencies to the upcoming GCOS Implementation Plan.  In addition, a thematic session will review the current status and plans by CGMS agencies concerning capacities necessary to observe greenhouse gases. Thus CGMS agencies will contribute  to the fulfilment of Article 7.7c of the Paris Agreement, calling for “(...) systematic observation of the climate system and early warning systems, in a manner that informs climate services and supports decision-making.”

About CGMS

The primary goals of the activities of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites are to support operational weather monitoring and forecasting as well as climate monitoring on a global basis. CGMS involves the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), all operators of meteorological satellites such as EUMETSAT, and R&D space agencies operating research and pre-operational Earth observation satellites.  EUMETSAT has held the CGMS Secretariat since it joined CGMS in 1987.


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-8, -9, -10 and -11 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-7 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 precisionocean 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.

After completion of the in-orbit commissioning of Sentinel-3A, EUMETSAT will exploit the Copernicus Sentinel-3 marine mission in cooperation with ESA and on behalf of the EU, and deliver data services to the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service and users.

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