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The 40th Plenary Session of Coordination Group on Meteorological satellite (CGMS). / November 16, 2012 /

The 40th plenary session of the Coordination Group on Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) was held on November 4-9 in Lugano, Switzerland. The CGMS provides an international forum for the exchange of technical information on geostationary and polar orbiting meteorological satellite systems. The event was attended by the representatives from meteorological services and space agencies of the world’s leading nations.

As a part of the CGMS sessions, the Working Groups’ meetings took place to discuss different issues relevant to satellite meteorology. The participants discussed the state of the art of operative geostationary and polar orbiting meteorological satellite. Moreover, the parties reported on plans for new telecommunication spacecraft launches.

On November 4 and 5, on the ROSKOSMOS’s delegation, A.S. Shokol, Acting Head, NTs OMZ of JSC Russian Space Systems addressed the CGMS WG meetings. Several papers were submitted to the Working Groups.

The paper „Technologies for Stream Processing of the Russian Remote Sensing Operator Data“ presents the state-of-the-art and prospects of the implementation of the Russian stream processing technologies within the framework of the Federal Space Program of Russia actions aimed at creation and operation both of particular space complexes and remote sensing data product banks. In this connection, the soft- and hardware complex to support a stream processing of the METEOR-M1 KMSS data has been developed and is being operated now by the Russian remote sensing system Operator (NTs OMZ of JSC Russian Space Systems). The principle of automated stream processing also formed the basis of the technologies for generating the basic Earth remote sensing products of interdepartmental use which are subject to multipurpose value-added interpretation in expert information systems allowing for heterogeneous data including in-situ observations. In the Operator’s general structure the satellite data processing is realized level-by-level using modular approach. This will facilitate the processing of data from other satellite sensors. In the future with the development of the Russian orbital constellation the technology will enable a multi-stream processing of large amounts of remote sensing data from multiple space systems in real time.

The paper «Geoinformation Services of Space Remote Sensing Operator» considers the candidate solutions of the problem concerning accessibility of remote sensing data products in Russia. This solution is to develop and exploit the maximum unified technologies of generating and maintaining geographically distributed banks of primary space observing data and processed data products by the Russian remote sensing system Operator. At present the geoinformation services of the Operator that provide the consumers with the Internet-access to the Russian space data banks are the ROSKOSMOS’s Geoportal and Bank of Basic Remote Sensing Data Products of Interdepartmental Application. The NTs OMZ of JSC Russian Space Systems experience gained in developing the integrated technologies of geoinformation support of applied problems using the remote sensing data is used in the context of a number of scientific international projects, particularly in the European GMES Program.

Today the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) is celebrating 40 years of successful cooperation as it prepares to meet growing demands for up-to-date meteorological and climatic data from a world which is increasingly vulnerable to the impact of weather and climate. A roundtable session with the „CGMS forefathers“, the CGMS Members, and foreign newsmen was organized.

The Coordinated Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) was created on 19 September 1972 by Europe, Japan, USA, and WMO to consider common interests relating to the design, operation and use of planned meteorological satellites. Today, there are 15 members including operational and R&D space agencies developing and operating meteorological and climate application satellites and missions. WMO is also the CGMS member as it has a unique role as representative of the world meteorological data user and provider community.
The CGMS is a major international forum aimed at coordinating of functioning and long-term development of the Global Earth Observing System of Systems, exchanging of technical information on meteorological satellite systems, reporting on the meteorological satellite health, discussing the problems of telecommunication, sensor calibration, algorithms processing, satellite data product provision, validation and archiving, and generation of data delivery standards and formats as well.

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