Accordingly, the meeting agreed on the need to increase the number of addresses to which the publication is distributed in RA II.
RA II Pilot Project web pages
The meeting recalled that the Pilot Project web pages have been set up on the WMO
Space Programme website, including pages on the background and mission of the Pilot Project, RA II Pilot Project Coordinating Group members, and the RA II Pilot Project Newsletter at http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/sat/RAII-PilotProject.html.
RA II Pilot Project mailing lists
The meeting recalled that an RA II Pilot Project mailing list function has been implemented
on Google Groups for access through the web or by e-mail, and Pilot Project Coordinating Group members have already registered to facilitate the exchange of information on satellite data, products and training.
CASCADING SATELLITE-DERIVED INFORMATION TO RECIPIENT MEMBERS
China Meteorological Administration (CMA), China
5.1.1 Mr Fang Xiang, Director of Remote Sensing Data Application, National Satellite Meteorological Center of CMA, delivered a presentation on the status of China’s geostationary and polar-orbiting meteorological satellite programme. To promote data sharing in the field of meteorological sciences, CMA runs a meteorological satellite data sharing platform based on the Fengyun meteorological satellite ground application system. Since 2005, the system has provided speedy and convenient services supplying multi-level meteorological satellite data and products to domestic departments and users in a wide variety of fields. At present, CMA manages an archive containing more than 600 TB of meteorological satellite data, and operates a meteorological satellite data service and a sharing platform based on FENGYUNCast/CMACast and related websites.
India Meteorological Department (IMD), India Mr A. K. Sharma, Deputy Director-General of Meteorology of IMD gave a presentation on
the current status of India’s operational meteorological satellites (namely, Kalpana-1 (74 E) and INSAT-3A (93.5E)) and the satellite products derived from their data for use in operational forecasting. Kalpana-1 has a three-channel Very High Resolution Radiometer (VHRR), while INSAT-3A has a three-channel VHRR and a three-channel CCD payload. The images and products derived from these satellites are available on the IMD website at www.imd.gov.in. The dissemination of satellite imagery to the regional forecasting offices of IMD and three neighboring countries (Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka) is performed via satellite broadcast using the Digital Meteorological Data Dissemination (DMDD) system. IMD also has three receiving platforms for the NOAA/MODIS/Metop polar satellite systems. The images and products generated using data from these polar-orbiting satellites are adopted in weather forecasting, and are also displayed on the IMD website. In September 2009, the OCEANSAT-II polar-orbiting satellite was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It carries a Ku-band pencil-beam scatterometer to provide data on ocean surface winds at a height of 10 m to facilitate early detection of cyclones. These wind products are available on the National Remote Sensing Centre website at www.nrsc.gov.in.
5.1.3 The specially designed Cyclone Warning Dissemination System (CWDS), which depends on INSAT satellite data, provides area-specific cyclone warnings in local languages. In the system, a total of 252 analog and 101 digital CWDS receivers are deployed in vulnerable coastal areas