Past news

CGMS engages with spacecraft operations community on Space Weather activities at SpaceOps 2021 Conference

May 04, 2021

CGMS Space Weather Coordination Group chairs and rapporteur engaged with the spacecraft operations community at the SpaceOps 2021 Conference through the published paper: “Efforts to Improve Global Operational Space Weather Service Effectiveness by the Coordinated Group of Meteorological Satellite Operators” and supporting presentation. In particular, the SWCG reaches out to third party operators (government and commercial) to support the establishment of a space weather spacecraft anomaly database, as well as requesting feedback on operational capabilities and needs to enable the end-to-end improvement of global space weather services derived from in-orbit sensors.

(The dedicated presentation is available on the CGMS-49 SWCG agenda under item 10).

Read more about SpaceOps 2021:  

CGMS-49 virtual Working Group meetings

February 05, 2021

In view of the current pandemic situation, the CGMS-49 plenary working groups will be held virtually and moved forward in time. The schedule is available here.

The plenary dates have been maintained for 20-21 May 2020. 

Publication of the CGMS-48 report

December 11, 2020

The reports of the 48th virtual plenary session on 25-26 August and the working group sessions on 25-29 May 2020 have been published.

Publication of version 3.0 of the ECV Inventory by the joint CEOS/CGMS Working Group on Climate (WGClimate)

August 01, 2020

The joint CEOS/CGMS Working Group on Climate (WGClimate) has published a new version of the ECV Inventory (v3.0) (

With the release of version 3.0, the published content has been reviewed and agreed with the respondents. This corresponds to the characteristics of 1137 Climate Data Records addressing 35 GCOS ECVs spanning the atmospheric, oceanic, and terrestrial domains.

For the sake of traceability across different versions of the ECV Inventory, registered data records that were published in v2.0 which are still under review are published as in v2.0, with a tag clarifying that potentially outdated content is being displayed, and that updated information will be made available with the next release. The review process is of a continuous nature and the plan is to publish an updated database within the next 6 months and to continue doing so biannually.

The ECV Inventory web interface is continuously open for data collection at, and contributors are encouraged to keep their input up to date.

The WGClimate would like to express their sincere thanks to the CGMS contributors to the ECV Inventory.

In case of any questions or comments, please direct these to the ECV Inventory EUMETSAT Support Team at

CGMS-48 plenary confirmed for 25-26 August 2020

June 16, 2020

The 48th plenary session of CGMS is now confirmed to be held virtually on 25-26 August 2020.

Key outcomes of the CGMS-48 Working Groups, 25-29 May 2020

June 16, 2020

The five CGMS working groups met on 25-29 May 2020 to prepare for the 48th plenary session of CGMS in August.

They key outcomes are provided here.

Vision for WIGOS in 2040 published (WMO-No.1243)

April 15, 2020

Revised deadlines for CGMS-48 working group papers

March 31, 2020

The CGMS-48 working group meetings will be held _virtually_ the week of 25 May 2020.

The working group co-chairs and rapporteurs are currently finalising the schedule of the respective meetings (WGI, WGII, WGIII, WGIV, SWCG and joint meetings) to be announced in the coming days.

We have changed the deadlines for the provision of working paper titles and the papers/presentations as follows:

3 April 2020 – working paper titles

4 May 2020 – working papers/presentations

We will also provide you with the call-in details and guidance on intervening at the meeting in the coming weeks.

The CGMS-48 plenary session is currently anticipated for 25-26 August, and any deadlines associated with plenary will be announced in due course.

CGMS Data Collection Services Handbook published

March 31, 2020

The first version of the CGMS Data Collection Services Handbook has now been published.

CGMS-47 plenary report published

October 28, 2019

WMO calls for protection of radio frequencies vital to weather forecasts

October 25, 2019

Over the past few years, CGMS plenary has raised the need for the protection of radio frequencies for Earth observation satellites dedicated to the observations and monitoring of the weather, ocean, climate and environment.

The World Meteorological Organization has now issued a press release calling on governments to protect radio frequencies allocated to Earth observation services which are vital for weather forecasts and long-term climate change monitoring.

Decisions with major repercussions for Earth exploration, environmental monitoring and meteorological satellite operation will be made at the World Radiocommunication Conference from 28 October – 22 November 2019.

For details, please visit:


June 28, 2019

Open online course on atmospheric composition starting on 5 November 2018

November 02, 2018

Dear colleagues,

EUMETSAT and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service/ECMWF are running a new, free, “massive” open online course on atmospheric composition starting on Monday 5 November 2018.

This online course runs over five weeks and will give participants the chance to discover the space, air and ground-based technologies used to monitor and forecast air quality around the globe. Participants will also have the chance to explore the critical threats affecting the atmosphere and its composition - and how these affect human health, climate change and ecosystems.

The course, which is funded by the Copernicus Programme of the European Union, also covers policy and international agreements and explains how to access the huge range of free atmospheric datasets that are now available.

Register here:

Watch the trailer here:

Recent web article about the course:

Himawari-8 conducts first target area observation in response to international user request

October 18, 2018

JMA’s Himawari-8 meteorological satellite began conducting on-demand Target Area (TA) observation around Darwin in northern Australia at 06:30 UTC on 15 October 2018 in response to a request made by Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). This is the first operation of its kind to be performed under the new HimawariRequest service.

More information can be found here together with a related animation.

CGMS-46 report published

September 24, 2018

The final report of the CGMS-46 meeting has been published.

CGMS-46 key outcomes and achievements

August 24, 2018

The key outcomes and results following the 46th plenary session on 3-8 June 2018 are available here.

CGMS High Level Priority Plan (HLPP) - 2018-2022

August 15, 2018

The CGMS High Level Priority Plan (HLPP) has been revised taking into account the discussions of the 46th plenary session in Bengaluru, India.

The revised plan focuses on the period 2018-2022.

VLab training events in March 2018

March 05, 2018

The VLab is undertaking a number of training sessions in March 2018.

Please visit their website for more information.

CEOS-CGMS space agency response to GCOS Implementation Plan

November 20, 2017

In October 2017, CEOS and CGMS space agencies jointly compiled their response to the GCOS Implementation Plan. A slightly modified/edited version is now available. The document has been provided to GCOS and the UNFCCC Secretariat.

US launches JPSS-1 successfully

November 18, 2017

The CGMS community wishes to congratulate the U.S. on the successful launch of JPSS-1 which will be renamed GOES-20 once operational. More details are available here. Next up is the Russian Federation preparing to launch Meteor-M N2-1, tentatively planned for launch end of November 2017.

China launches FY-3D successfully

November 15, 2017

The CGMS community wishes to congratulate China on the successful launch of FY-3D. More details are available here. Next up is the U.S. IJPSS-1 launch, rescheduled for 18 November 2017, and end of November 2017, the Russian Federation will launch Meteor-M N2-1. A busy autumn for the CGMS community securing significant and further contributions to the WMO Global Observing System.

CGMS turns 45 years old!

September 19, 2017

The Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) was formalised and came into being on 19 September 1972, when representatives of the European Space Research Organisation (since 1975 called the European Space Agency, ESA), Japan, the United States of America, Observers from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the Joint Planning Staff for the Global Atmosphere Research Programme met in Washington to discuss questions of compatibility among geostationary meteorological satellites.

CGMS-45 final report available

September 05, 2017

The final report of CGMS-45 is now published.

Key outcomes of CGMS-45

September 01, 2017

The key outcomes of CGMS-45 (plenary, working groups I-IV and SWTT) are available here.

CGMS online agenda and working papers - maintenance work

February 07, 2017

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.

Meteosat-8 takes over Meteosat-7 over the Indian Ocean

February 01, 2017

Following a decision of the EUMETSAT Council in June 2016, Meteosat-8 replaced Meteosat-7 as the EUMETSAT geostationary satellite observing the Indian Ocean on 1 February 2017. For further details please visit the EUMETSAT website.

First images from Himawari-9

January 24, 2017

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.

First images of GOES-16 (GOES-R)

January 15, 2017

On 15 January 2017 the first images from GOES-16 (GOES-R), NOAA’s new generation geostationary meteorological satellite, were made available. For more information please visit the NOAA website and GOES-16 image gallery.

CYGNSS successfully launched on 15 December 2016

December 15, 2016

NASA successfully launches its new hurricane tracking mission CYGNSS on 15 December 2016. For more information please visit the NASA website.

Successful launch of FY-4A

December 11, 2016

CMA successfully launched its new generation GEO satellite FY-4A on 11 December 2016. For more information please visit the CMA website.

CGMS working paper online site - maintenance on 12-13 December 2017

December 06, 2016

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 scheduled for launch on 19 November 2016

November 18, 2016

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.

CGMS Working Paper site maintenance

November 01, 2016

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

OSCAR/Space v2.0 launched

September 25, 2016

A new version of the WMO Space-based Observing System Capability Analysis and Review tool (OSCAR/Space v2.0) is now available ( 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 There are currently some 1100 users per day.

Jason-3 live web briefing 19 September 2016

September 16, 2016

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 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 More information about the briefing can be found here: For more information or to submit questions via e-mail, please contact Valerie Barthmann on

Successful ISRO launch of INSAT-3DR

September 08, 2016

ISRO succesfully launched INSAT-3DR today. For more information please visit the ISRO website.

Monitoring the Oceans from Space (MOOC)

September 06, 2016

This autumn, EUMETSAT will run its first ever massive open online course (MOOC) on the theme of monitoring the oceans from space. The course, which is funded by the EU’s Copernicus Programme (, 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 ( This free online course runs for five weeks from 24 October 2016 and is now open for registration: 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 - MOOC

INSAT-3DR and Scatsat-1 launches scheduled for September 2016

September 05, 2016

INSAT-3DR is scheduled for launch on 8 September 2016 and the launch of Scatsat-1 is planned for the second half of September 2016.

Himawari-9 launch scheduled for 1 November 2016

September 02, 2016

JMA announces that Himawari-9 is scheduled for launch on 1 November 2016. More information is available here.

Meteosat-8 drifting towards 41.5 degrees East

August 31, 2016

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 venue confirmed

August 23, 2016

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.

CGMS-CEOS report on non-meteorological applications

August 19, 2016

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.

IODC services continuity: EUMETSAT Council approves relocation of Meteosat-8

June 28, 2016

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.

AMSR2 Special Issue: Call for Papers

May 11, 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]

Downtime of CGMS online agenda and working paper tool

May 10, 2016

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

Postponement of WGIII inter-sessional meeting #3, May 2016

May 02, 2016

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.

New JMSJ article on Himawari-8

April 28, 2016

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.

CGMS-44 venue confirmed

March 17, 2016

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.

CGMS-44 - change of venue ahead!

March 07, 2016

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.

CGMS working paper tool website maintenance work

February 11, 2016

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.

Dates of CGMS-45

January 24, 2016

The 45th plenary session of CGMS will be held on 12-16 June 2017 and will be hosted by the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).

SWTT meeting brought forward to 11-12 February 2016

January 22, 2016

The SWTT meeting planned for 22-23 February 2016 has been brought forward to 11-12 February 2016.

JMSJ article on Himawari-8

January 21, 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.

CGMS working paper/agenda website downtime 28 January 2016

January 12, 2016

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.

Location of CGMS-44

December 18, 2015

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.

Revised dates of CGMS-44

August 28, 2015

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.

ISRO new CGMS member

May 21, 2015

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.

Tentative dates of CGMS-44 (2016)

February 09, 2015

CGMS-44 will be hosted by EUMETSAT in Europe and will tentatively be held on 13-17 June 2016.

WGIII inter-sessional meeting #2 - CANCELLED

The second inter-sessional meeting of WGIII planned for 23 January 2018 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in due course.

Launch of JMA’s “HimawariRequest” service

JMA has launched a new international service called “HimawariRequest”. The service allows Meteorological and Hydrological Services to request regional target area observations provided by Himawari-8/9 every 2.5 minutes.

For further details, please visit the related news release.

First images of JAXA’s Shikisai mission

JAXA successfully launched Shikisai, the Global Changing Observation Mission - Climate (GCOM-C) on 23 December 2017.

The first images were made available on 12 January 2018.

For more information, please visit the JAXA website.


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