Organisation

EUMETSAT holds the CGMS Secretariat since it joined the group in 1987. The CGMS Secretariat is responsible for organising the annual CGMS Plenary meeting with the support of a local host, which is a CGMS Member designated on a rotating basis. During the Plenary meeting, the CGMS plenary Working Groups also come together.

There are five CGMS Working Groups: WG I on satellite systems and operations; WG II on satellite data and products; WG III on operational continuity and contingency planning; WG IV on global data dissemination; and SWCG on space weather coordination.

Working groups





Working Group I: Satellite system and operations

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Working Group II: Satellite data and products

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Working Group III: Operational continuity and contingency planning

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Working Group IV: Global data dissemination

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SWCG: Space weather coordination group

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In addition, there are a few International Science Working Groups interacting with CGMS: The International TOVS Working Group - ITWG; the International Precipitation Working Group - IPWG; the International Winds Working Group - IWWG; the International Radio Occultation Working Group - IROWG and the International Clouds Working Group (ICWG). The last four Working Groups originate from CGMS WG II and plenary sessions.

International science working groups





International TOVS Working Group: ITWG

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International Precipitation Working Group: IPWG

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International Radio Occultation Working Group: IROWG

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International Winds Working Group: IWWG

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International Clouds Working Group: ICWG

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Other relevant working groups or teams





CEOS-CGMS Joint Working Group on Climate

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In addition, CGMS plenary sessions also result in actions for the creation of Task Forces or Task Teams (on e.g. Meta Data, socio economic benefits, etc.) which are of a less permanent nature.Between sessions of the annual CGMS Plenary meetings, the Secretariat is also in charge of facilitating the communication between CGMS Members and of ensuring that actions agreed during CGMS Plenary meetings are fulfilled.

Finally, the CGMS Secretariat represents CGMS Members in a number of International bodies such as the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and its related Earth Observation International Coordination Working Group (EO-ICWG), Group on Earth Observation (GEO), and the Space Frequency Coordination Group (SFCG).