The first Meeting of the Coordinating Group of the Regional Association II (Asia) Pilot
Project to Develop Support for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in Satellite Data, Products and Training (RA2PPSat) was held from 21 to 23 February 2011 at the headquarters of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) in Tokyo, Japan. The list of participants is given in Annex I.
Mr Yuji Kano, Director-General of the Observations Department, JMA welcomed the all the
participants to Tokyo. He recalled that the Pilot Project had been established at the fourteenth session of RA II held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in December 2008 for NMHSs in RA II to improve the flow of satellite-derived information including satellite imagery, data and application products. Mr Kano thanked all the organizations involved in the Project and noted that demands from NMHS users for more reliable and user-friendly satellite-derived information to be used in disaster risk reduction had grown significantly, making the major focus of the initiative to facilitate the timely provision of such information by satellite operators to users. In this context, Mr Kano highlighted that the meeting would contribute to the improved flow of satellite-derived information in RA II, and would therefore bring benefits in terms of satellite data, products and training for NMHSs. He
concluded his address wishing a very productive meeting.
Organization (WMO), Mr Jerome Lafeuille welcomed the participants in the meeting and expressed
his appreciation to Mr Yuji appreciation to the staff of
Kano for hosting the meeting JMA for their work in making
in Tokyo. Mr Lafeuille also expressed its local arrangements, and to Mr Toshiyuki
Kurino and Dr Dohyeong Kim (Co-coordinators of the Pilot Project) for guiding meeting. Mr Lafeuille highlighted that the Pilot Project was a very timely initiative.
the work of the He recalled how
capabilities have expanded in recent years, especially satellites simultaneously functioning over the Indian Ocean
in RA II, with nine and the West Pacific
area (including COMS-1 and Elektro-L N1, orbiting meteorological satellites operated
which are still in the commissioning phase), four polar- by RA II Members and strong contributions to ocean,
climate and environmental Mr Lafeuille underlined that
observation by the space development agencies of RA II Members. there was an increasing demand on NMHSs as the population growth
the society more vulnerable to weather, as frequent, and as climate needed to be
severe or extreme weather monitored more rigorously
events tended to be to support climate
prediction and services. In spite of this remains generally below its potential,
growing demand, the utilization of space-based capabilities either due to a lack of awareness or insufficient technical
expertise to master correspond to users’
satellite applications, or because requirements. Mr Lafeuille saw the
available satellite RA II Pilot Project
products do not fully as an excellent way to
tackle these issues and at the same and tools among satellite users and their co-leadership and all satellite pursue constructive dialogues during
time to strengthen networking and the sharing of experience providers in the region. He again thanked JMA and KMA for operators for their support, and encouraged participants to the three-day meeting.
ORGANIZATION OF THE MEETING
Adoption of the agenda
The meeting adopted the agenda and the work programme as given in Annex II.
The meeting agreed on its working hours and other practical arrangements for the
meeting. It also agreed that all documents submitted for the meeting be posted on the WMO website at http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/dra/rap/RAIIPilotProjectWMO.php.