6.1.2. The aim of VLab is to create enough Centers of Excellence for each WMO regional association to be associated with one. These centers act as focal points for the organization of training events. Planned activities include Internet-based regional focus group exchanges in which interesting and critical weather situations can be discussed across national borders. More information is available on the WMO website at http://www.wmo-sat.info/vlab/.
Activities in the framework of the VL framework
The meeting noted that CMA had organized a number of training courses for domesitic and
international users, including use of satellite Images in weather analysis and forecasting, application of satellite data for nowcasting, application of satellite data for typhoon. Many of these courseware can be download from the website. CMA plans to iimprove technology and facilities for distance education and to upgrade training platform for virtual training room.
website (http://mscweb.kishou.go.jp/VRL/index.htm), which includes: (a) an outline of meteorological satellite observation; (b) an introduction to remote sensing; (c) objective cloud analysis data; and (d) microwave remote sensing data. The VRL website also provides SATAID (Satellite Animation and Interactive Diagnosis) software to enable the use of satellite imagery with geophysical data, such as radar imagery or gridded NWP statistics, in order to produce integrated
imagery for advanced eng/satellite/ds.html).
6.2.3 The meeting noted that KMA has its own plan (as CGMS formally endorsed KMA’s application at the 38th CGMS meeting) to develop various online training programmes regarding satellite data utilization (including that of COMS) for domestic and international users stage by stage. These activities can be harmonized with the Virtual Laboratory and regional Center of Excellence activities. In the near future, KMA plans to create a dedicated web page, establish an online learning system and develop continuous cooperation with other activities.
6.2.4 The meeting noted that the Center of Excellence (CoE) in Muscat, Oman uses blended courses of face-to-face and distant lectures to invite the expertise in different fields of satellite applications and satellite meteorology from around the world to participate in the course. In turn, the Center supported the virtual courses organized by other organizations. VL site of CoE-Muscat uses the Moodle software to organize the VL courses. The Moodle tools show capabilities to archive the training materials and keep the trainers of each course in contact with each other virtually before and after the course.
Ways to share the training materials to enhance the capacity building for both international and internal usages
Dr Kim (Co-coordinator) delivered a presentation on the idea of sharing training materials to
enhance capacity building both domestically and internationally. The three specific items suggested were investigation and selection of content; methods of sharing; and methods of activation. For the investigation and selection of content, domestic training materials need to be shared, regardless of language, along with pre-existing materials of VLab centers. The RA II Pilot Project website can be used as a portal to provide user groups with timely and appropriate information such as notice of training events. Information on local meteorological phenomena and language translation are also needed. To activate VLab within the RA II Pilot Project, ideas such as the appointment of a POC, feedback from a user forum and/or a questionnaire survey were suggested.
6.3.2 Mr Lafeuille (WMO) gave a short presentation illustrating the need for better harmonization of products and services among satellite operators in the region as a condition for wider use. He suggested actions at a number of different levels: establishment of a common portal to improve visibility; adoption of a common metadata approach to describe data and products in a consistent and comprehensive manner; definition of generic specifications and quality standards for products; and product distribution through common channels such as DVB-S services and the Internet in