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order to progress toward a one-stop-shop approach. He also suggested a related pilot action involving a subset of products from all satellite operators.

  • 7.


    • 7.1

      Asia/Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users' Conference


The meeting was informed that the 1st

Asia/Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users'

Conference was held on 1 and 2 November, 2010, including scientists, users, and satellite operators Conference were: (a) current and planned satellite

in Beijing, China. Over 150 participants attended the Conference. Topics of the observational capabilities relevant to the

Asia/Oceania region; (b) education and training.

data The

sharing and utilization; (c) science Conference concluded that the

activities and applications; and (d) sharing of information on future

systems and of the Global

satellite plans was essential Observing System, and that

for realizing the vast potential of the satellite component this would provide essential information to better satisfy

various users importance of coordination of improved data

in a variety of applications areas. The Conference further emphasized the satellite operators to get feedback from the users of their services, regional satellite contributions to the GOS through data sharing, and exchange of ideas on utilization. The Conference was successful by (a) promoting the importance of

satellite observations science by fostering education and training

and highlighting their usefulness; (b) advancing satellite remote sensing information exchange among scientists; and (c) providing a forum for by engaging the young people entering in the field.

7.1.2 Mr Yuki Kosaka, System Engineering Division, MSC/JMA delivered a presentation on plans for the 2nd Asia/Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users' Conference, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan, in 2011. The purpose of the Conference is to allow the exchange of the latest information on satellite status and future plans, data accessibility and application techniques. Mr Kosaka noted that JMA is now preparing for the next Conference in Japan, and outlined current plans for the event. In regard to the schedule, he explained that an initial announcement on the conference would be made soon, and that a website for it would be launched at the same time. To wrap up, Mr Kosaka expressed hopes that the Conference would attract high attendance and promote the widespread exchange of information on satellites.

    • 7.2

      Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Projects in RA II

      • 7.2.1

        The meeting recalled that plans for Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Projects

(SWFDP) in RA II were discussed at XIV-RA II. It noted that SWFDP had achieved significant results and created benefits related to the GDPFS and PWS programmes in its first regional project in Africa, and the RA II Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction and Service Delivery [ref. XIV-RA II/Doc. 5.1] was asked to consider developing an SWFDP project in RA II as a method for enhancing the GDPFS and PWS programmes and contributing to disaster risk reduction in developing countries such as those in Southeast Asia that have recently experienced disasters. The meeting was pleased to note that a workshop on SWFDP development for Southeast Asia was held in Hanoi, Viet Nam in February 2010.

7.2.2 The meeting acknowledged that the SWFDP had been implemented successfully in southern Africa and in the South Pacific Islands, and that plans had been initiated to consider SWFDP regional subprojects for eastern Africa and Southeast Asia. The meeting reviewed the progress of and benefits from the Severe Weather Forecasting and Disaster Risk Reduction Demonstration Project (SWFDDP) for the South Pacific Islands, including the use of satellite-based products.

7.2.3 The meeting noted that the following weather events are focused on under the SWFDP in RA II in order of decreasing priority, along with associated hazards such as flooding, landslides, high waves and swell:


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