User forum

User Forum

The forum strengthens the dialogue between EUMETSAT and the African user community, optimising the use of EUMETSAT satellite data and products.

User forum
User forum

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The data, products and services generated from EUMETSAT's satellites make a significant contribution to weather forecasting and the monitoring of the global climate, and are freely available to all African countries.

Last Updated

13 November 2020

Published on

22 April 2020

To ensure optimal use of EUMETSAT data and products, EUMETSAT organises a biennial User Forum for African users.

This provides an opportunity to identify actions and initiatives that could be taken by EUMETSAT to meet the requirements of its African partners.

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The forum is organised in collaboration with the National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (NMHS) of the host country, together with relevant governmental institutions and ministries who also act as hosts.

Representatives from the African National Meteorological Services, the African Regional Economic Communities, the African Union Commission, the European Commission, industry and other institutions attend the forum.

There are multiple sessions involving discussions on EUMETSAT products and services, the Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs), and information dissemination. On top of this, specific sessions take place to exchange views and discuss with users how EUMETSAT could best promote the use of meteorological satellite data in Africa.

The programme normally includes a thematic session on, for example, hydrology, climate, the mitigation of natural disasters and other, relevant topics.

The 14th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa is currently scheduled for Q1 2021, due to the cancellation of 2020’s event as a result of the COVID-19 situation.

The focus of the forum will be on the transition to the new generation of meteorological satellites, notably the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and on the sustainability of the outcomes of the SAWIDRA project, the GMES and Africa Support Programme and the intra-ACP Climate services programme .

Information on the next User Forum can be found on the dedicated meeting website.