INTRODUCTION TO THE RA II PILOT PROJECT TO DEVELOP SUPPORT FOR
NMHSs IN SATELLITE DATA, PRODUCTS AND TRAINING
Mr Kurino (Co-coordinator) provided an overview of RA2PPSat, including its background,
status information and relevant decisions by the fourteenth session of RA II (XIV-RA II) held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in December 2008.
The meeting noted that RA2PPSat aimed at contributing to capacity-building as a kind of
self-help effort for NMHSs in RA II, and also to help developing countries in particular to gain access to and to fully utilize existing satellite products for the disaster risk reduction. This is a
cascading concept involving improvement for the application of support forecasting and severe weather warning services.
Mission of the Coordinating Group
The meeting recalled the following terms of reference of the Pilot Project Coordinating
To identify the requirements of NMHSs in developing countries (and in particular least developed countries (LDCs) in the Region, regarding satellite imagery, data and products in support of their weather services, including forecasts and warnings;
To develop a brief and effective action plan, taking into account relevant existing activities, for consortium members and recipient Members;
To facilitate communication between centers willing to develop the required products and recipient Members;
To organize assistance to recipient Members in accessing and utilizing available satellite imageries, data and products as a first priority through training;
To monitor the progress of the project.
The meeting recalled that the WMO Secretariat invited RA II Members after XIV-RA II to
join the Coordinating Group of the Pilot Project, and noted that the members at the time of the meeting were Japan (Co-coordinator); Republic of Korea (Co-coordinator); Bahrain; China; Hong
Kong, China; India; Kyrgyzstan; Oman; Pakistan; as an observer, European Organisation for
Russian Federation; Uzbekistan; Viet the Exploitation of Meteorological
Nam and, Satellites
(EUMETSAT). It the Coordinating
was noted that any Member of RA II could designate its expert as a member Group at the recommendation of its Permanent Representative with WMO.
WMO Space Programme
Mr Jerome Lafeuille, Chief of the Space-based Observing System Division, WMO Space
Programme Office, delivered a presentation outlining the activities conducted by WMO Members within the WMO Space Programme, the main current challenges, and the important roles of the RA II Pilot Project in this context. He informed the meeting that the Space Programme pursued three main goals: enhancement of the space-based observing system to better respond to needs; improvement of accessibility of satellite data and products; and development of users’ capacity to utilize and benefit from satellite data and products. He stressed that, bearing in mind WMO’s Strategic Plan, particular attention should be paid to advancing the integration of observing systems (e.g., through satellite intercalibration), integrating information systems (e.g., through data management in line with WIS standards for data and metadata), building capacity in developing and least developed countries, and supporting climate monitoring and services.
3.3.2 Mr Lafeuille recalled the outcomes of the extraordinary session of the Commission for Basic System (CBS) held in November 2010 (CBS-Ext. (10)) which called for increased attention to