The Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) is celebrating 40 years of successful cooperation as it prepares to meet growing demands from a world which is increasingly vulnerable to the impact of weather and climate.
Created in 1972 by Europe, Japan, USA, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the CGMS has contributed to significantly improve, global planning, coordination and utilisation of meteorological satellites for weather forecasting and warning, as well as for scientific research, and more recently climate studies
At its 40th anniversary meeting this week, the CGMS will harness past experience and expertise to devise a high-level priority plan to meet future challenges that will arise from the introduction of a new generation of meteorological satellites.
Satellite observations are now a major source of observational data for Numerical Weather Prediction Models, and are also essential for climate monitoring. Meteorological services have responded to this evolving demand by placing more stringent requirements on meteorological satellite systems.
The 40th CGMS plenary meeting will address the above challenges and discuss the operational and R&D systems of CGMS members which should make it possible to guarantee timely access to meteorological satellite data on a global scale. International coordination and cooperation is a particularly valuable asset in the current difficult economic circumstances.
The success of CGMS stems from the fact that it offers an all-inclusive forum where long term strategic goals can be set by senior management, while at the same time specific technical and scientific expertise is available to address more specialized detail subjects. The detailed expertise also means that participants have been very close to end users and can reflect their requirements through their discussions.