There are a number of major initiatives resulting from CGMS:

Global Space-based Inter-Calibration System - GSICS

GSICS GSICS is an international collaborative effort initiated in 2005 by WMO and the CGMS to monitor, improve and harmonize the quality of observations from operational weather and environmental satellites of the Global Observing System (GOS). GSICS aims at ensuring consistent accuracy among space-based observations worldwide for climate monitoring, weather forecasting, and environmental applications. read more

Sustained, Co-Ordinated Processing of Environmental Satellite Data for Climate Monitoring - SCOPE-CM

SCOPE CM SCOPE-CM (“Sustained and coordinated processing of Environmental Satellite data for Climate Monitoring”) is a network of agencies and operators of environmental satellite systems and interfaces with WMO, WCRP, GCOS, CGMS, CEOS and GEO. It offers its support to coordinate and facilitate international activities to generate Climate Data Records (CDR) from multi-agency satellite data. read more

Virtual Laboratory - Vlab

Vlab Established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS), the Virtual Laboratory for Training and Education in Satellite Meteorology (VLab) is a global network of specialized training centres and meteorological satellite operators working together to improve the utilisation of data and products from meteorological and environmental satellites. read more


CEOS CGMS The WGClimate, established in 2010, is the centre-piece of CEOS’ contribution to climate change monitoring. This group, a joint group including CEOS Agencies and the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellite (CGMS), coordinates and encourages collaborative activities between the world’s major space agencies in the area of climate monitoring with the overarching goal to improve the systematic availability of Climate Data Records through the coordinated implementation and further development of a global architecture for climate monitoring from space. read more

CGMS Socio-economic Benefits Tiger Team (SETT)

The CGMS established the Socioeconomic Benefits Tiger Team (SETT) at the 41st plenary session of CGMS in order to develop credible methodology and common terminology for articulating the socio-economic benefit of satellite observing systems, and explore the most effective ways to communicate this information to desired stakeholders (SETT Terms of Reference). read more

CGMS-WMO Task Force on Meta Data

The CGMS-WMO Task Force on Metadata implementation has been created after CGMS 42 to provide a consolidated view regarding the WMO Information System (WIS) discovery metadata definition for satellite data products, accelerate the adoption of WIS by satellite data providers and represent the satellite data users point of view within the WIS. read more

User preparations for the next generation of meteorological satellites (GEO and LEO)

The new generation of meteorological geostationary satellites being launched by NOAA, ISRO, JMA, CMA, KMA, ROSHYDROMET and EUMETSAT before the end of this decade will provide unprecedented capabilities for the key applications of severe weather monitoring, nowcasting and short range forecasting and for a number of developing application areas, but will also present unprecedented challenges for users worldwide. read more

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