Due to maintenance work, the online CGMS agenda and working papers will be unavailable from 13 February 2017 from 19:00 UTC until 13 February 2017 23:00 UTC. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.
On 24 January 2017, the first images from all 16 bands were captured by JMA’s Himawari-9 geostationary meteorological satellite, launched on 2 November 2016.
For more information please visit the JMA website.
On 15 January 2017 the first images from GOES-16 (GOES-R), NOAA’s new generation geostationary meteorological satellite, were made available.
NASA successfully launches its new hurricane tracking mission CYGNSS on 15 December 2016.
For more information please visit the NASA website.
CMA successfully launched its new generation GEO satellite FY-4A on 11 December 2016.
For more information please visit the CMA website.
Please be informed that due to maintenance activities, the CGMS working paper online pages will be unavailable from UTC 19:00 on 12 December until 05:00 on 13 December 2017. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your understanding. The CGMS Secretariat
GOES-R is scheduled for launch on 19 November 2016 at 17:42 EST / 23:42 CET / 20 November 03:12 IST / 06:42 CST / 07:42 JST, KST
More information is available here.
Due to maintenance work, access to the Working Papers and online agenda will not be available on 7 November from 19:00-23:00 UTC.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Thank you for your understanding.
The CGMS Secretariat
A new version of the WMO Space-based Observing System Capability Analysis and Review tool (OSCAR/Space v2.0) is now available (http://oscar.wmo.int/space).
It provides a wide range of information on satellite programmes, instruments, and the variables they can observe in the areas of weather, water, climate, the Earth’s environment, and space weather.
OSCAR/Space v2.0 features powerful search functions and gap analyses, by variables and mission types, for users in meteorological and other services,
academia, satellite agencies, and for the WMO Rolling Review of Requirements. Users feedback on this new version is welcome and can be provided through firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are currently some 1100 users per day.
EUMETSAT will host a live web briefing about the Jason-3 ocean altimetry satellite on Monday 19 September 2016.
Jason-3 was launched on 17 January 2016 this year and now after months of carefully checking its instruments, and the quality of the data it is sending back to Earth, the satellite is being readied to take over from its predecessor Jason-2 as the reference source of high-precision measurements of the global sea surface height from space. The satellite will provide essential data for weather forecasting and monitoring of climate change and it will ensure that the crucially important record of sea level measurements – uninterrupted since 1992 – continues.
The briefing will start at 14:00 (UTC) on 19 September 2016 and involve short presentations from all of the Jason-3 programme partners – the European Union (EU), the French Space Agency (CNES), the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and EUMETSAT – followed by questions via Twitter using the hashtag #askjason3. Alternatively, questions can be submitted beforehand via email@example.com.
Jason-3 and Copernicus
The European Commission funds European contributions to the satellite’s operations as part of the EU’s flagship Earth observation environmental programme, Copernicus. Within Copernicus, Jason-3 will provide essential data for CMEMS and it is the reference mission for calibrating observations of sea surface height collected by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellites.
More information about the briefing can be found here: http://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/News/ConferencesandEvents/DAT_3187945.html
For more information or to submit questions via e-mail, please contact Valerie Barthmann on firstname.lastname@example.org
ISRO succesfully launched INSAT-3DR today.
For more information please visit the ISRO website.
This autumn, EUMETSAT will run its first ever massive open online course (MOOC) on the theme of monitoring the oceans from
The course, which is funded by the EU’s Copernicus Programme (http://www.copernicus.eu/), is aimed at a general audience and will give an introduction to the benefits and potential uses of satellite-based ocean observations collected in the framework of the Copernicus Programme.
It will explain how to access and use marine Earth observation data and information from Copernicus/EUMETSAT missions and also the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (http://marine.copernicus.eu/).
This free online course runs for five weeks from 24 October 2016 and is now open for registration: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/oceans-from-space
The MOOC is being developed by Imperative Space in partnership with Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the National Oceanography Centre
(Southampton), Collecte Localisation Satellites, France and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Watch the course trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8hKomGzZ68
JMA announces that Himawari-9 is scheduled for launch on 1 November 2016.
More information is available here.
Meteosat-8 started its drift towards 41.5°E early July 2016, with the drift phase planned to last until late September 2016.
Once arrived, the distribution of IODC Meteosat-8 data is planned to start on 4 October 2016 (in parallel to Meteosat-7 data). Meteosat-8 will eventually replace Meteosat-7 in the first quarter of 2017 at which stage Meteosat-7 will be moved to its graveyard orbit.
Further information is available here.
CGMS-45 will be hosted by KMA at the hotel Ramada Plaza on Jeju Island in the Republic of Korea.
Further details and a dedicated room reservation form will be provided in due course.
On the occasion of CGMS-44 on 8 June 2016, a joint CGMS-CEOS side event was held on non-meteorological applications for the next generation geostationary satellites. The summary report is available here.
With reference to the CGMS-44 plenary session, and on 28 June 2016, the EUMETSAT Council approved the relocation of Meteosat-8 to 41.5 degrees East in support to the multi-partner Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC) service continuity beyond 2016.
Considering that Meteosat-8 has exceeded its design lifetime, EUMETSAT’s support to the IODC services will be on a best effort basis.
The relocation will start on 4 July 2016 and is expected to be concluded around mid September 2016.
There is a special issue on “Contributions to Global Water Cycle Science and Applications from GCOM-W/AMSR2” in JSTARS, the IEEE journal. The submission deadline has been set to 30 October 2016 with publication foreseen in October 2017.
Further information can be found here: [Call for papers]
Due to server maintenance work, the online CGMS agenda and working paper tool accessibility will be interrupted during the following periods:
13-14 May 6 pm – 1 am (UTC)
17-18 May 6 pm – 1 am (UTC)
18-19 May 6 pm – 1 am (UTC)
Thank you for your understanding and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
The CGMS Secretariat
Due to unavailability of the WGIII co-chair, the inter-sessional meeting has been postponed. Please accept our apologies for the short notice and any inconvenience caused.
The meeting will be rescheduled in due course.
A new paper on Himawari-8 has been published in the Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan (JMSJ) Ser. II Vol. 94 (2016) No. 2 p. 151-183.
We kindly invite you to refer to this paper in case papers or reports are written on Himawari-8.
A new venue for the 44th CGMS plenary session has been confirmed. The meeting will take place at the hotel Mercure Sophia Antipolis, at Biot, France. For further information please visit our meeting page.
The selected hotel for the upcoming CGMS plenary has unfortunately informed EUMETSAT that due to building works it will no longer be available to receive the CGMS group in June 2016.
Hence, the CGMS Secretariat/EUMETSAT is now doing its utmost to secure another venue at a different hotel in the same area over the coming days. As a consequence the invitation letter to the plenary session is on hold until the final solution has been found.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience and understanding.
Due to maintenance work, the CGMS Working Paper website will be unavailable from 11 February from 19:00 UTC until 12 February 05:00 UTC 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.
The 45th plenary session of CGMS will be held on 12-16 June 2017 and will be hosted by the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).
The SWTT meeting planned for 22-23 February 2016 has been brought forward to 11-12 February 2016.
A new paper on Himawari-8 has been published in the Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan (JMSJ).
In case papers or reports are written on Himawari-8, you are kindly requested to refer to this paper.
Please be informed that due to server maintenance, the CGMS working paper/agenda website will be unavailable from 19:00-23:00 (UTC) on Thursday 28 January 2016. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.
CGMS-44 plenary session will be held on 5-10 June 2016, at Biot (close to Nice), France. The meeting will be hosted by EUMETSAT. The agenda is currently under preparation.
Following the WMO Cg-17 decision to hold WMO EC-68 on 15 June 2016 onwards, it has been decided that CGMS-44 plenary session will be held on 6-10 June 2016.
CGMS-43 plenary approved ISRO as a new member of CGMS in view of its contributions with its satellite programmes to the WMO Global Observing System.
The online meeting registration for the 43rd plenary session of CGMS will be available in the week of 9 February 2015.
CGMS-44 will be hosted by EUMETSAT in Europe and will tentatively be held on 13-17 June 2016.