EUMETSAT is committed to supporting National Meteorological Services in World Meteorological Organization Regional Association VI (Europe) and in Central Asian countries that are not EUMETSAT Cooperating or Member States
The objective of EUMETSAT’s cooperation in these regions is to support users, mainly the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS), to access EUMETSAT data and products and to provide them regularly with information on EUMETSAT’s activities and future plans. This is part of EUMETSAT’s strategy to promote operational access to its data. It also supports the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Association VI (RA-VI) regional strategic operation plan, which calls, in particular, for “improved capitalisation of regional assets (ECMWF, EUMETSAT, EUMETNET, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Interstate Council on Hydrometeorology (ICH)) by encouraging broader use of outputs”.
In 2009, EUMETSAT initiated regular meetings with representatives of the National Meteorological Services of these countries in order to facilitate the exchange of information and gather feedback from users of EUMETSAT data and products.
EUMETSAT has also initiated the Data Access for Western Balkan, Eastern European and Caucasian Countries (DAWBEE) project in order to support operational access to EUMETSAT data and products in those countries.
Furthermore, EUMETSAT initiated the Satellite Data for Central Asia (SADCA) Project in cooperation with the Turkish State Meteorlogical Service (TSMS).
In its effort to maximise the use of its satellite data and products, EUMETSAT, in partnership with some of its Member States and in cooperation with the WMO, initiated the Data Access for Western Balkan and Eastern Europe (DAWBEE) project in early 2010.
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 or Cooperating States, have operational access to data distributed through EUMETCast.
Through this project, EUMETCast stations (called 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 and Cooperating 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 is providing regular distance support, as well as training to users in the region.
More Information can be found in the factsheet.
SADCA, the Satellite Data Access for Central Asia project, is a joint initiative of the Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS) and EUMETSAT to promote operational access to meteorological satellite data by the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) of 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 (called SADCA stations) were installed in those countries, while forecasters from each national service were trained by EUMETSAT and the Turkish State Meteorological Service.
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.