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along the eastern and western coasts of India. This network will be replaced shortly by 500 new CWDS units that are modern and easy to maintain.

5.1.4 Satellite meteorology is taught as a subject on various training programmes run by IMD, which are also attended by trainees from neighboring countries. ISRO runs the UN-affiliated Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific.

5.1.5 India plans to launch two new satellites called Megha-Tropiques (LEO) and INSAT-3D (GEO). The payloads of these satellites are detailed below.

Megha-Tropiques payloads:

  • MADRAS (Microwave Analysis and Detection of Rain and Atmospheric Structures) – a facility for obtaining measurements for precipitation, cloud micro-physics, ocean surface winds, total water vapor and liquid water content of the atmosphere.

  • SAPHIR – a six-channel millimeter-wave humidity sounder that enables the retrieval of information in six atmospheric layers from the Earth’s surface up to an altitude of 12 km. The horizontal resolution is 10 km.

  • ScaRaB (Scanner for Radiation Budget) – an Earth radiation budget instrument with four channels at 0.5 – 0.7 μm, 0.2 – 4 μm, 0.2 – 50 μm and 10.5 – 12.5 μm. With a spatial resolution of 40 km, it measures outgoing long-wave and short-wave radiation from the top of the atmosphere.

  • GPS-ROS (Radio Occultation Sounder) – a GPS receiver used to measure vertical profiles of temperature and humidity at the point of radio occultation

INSAT-3D payloads:

  • 6-channel imager

  • 19-channel sounder

The INSAT-3D satellite will provide vertical profiles of temperature and humidity in addition to the products generated using data from the existing Kalpana-1 and INSAT-3A satellites.

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Japan

5.1.6 Mr Tomoo Ohno, Head, System Engineering Division, Meteorological Satellite Center (MSC), JMA delivered a presentation on the websites of JMA (http://www.jma.go.jp/en/gms/) and MSC (http://mscweb.kishou.go.jp/), which provide information on MTSAT operation, real-time image data acquisition, products and training activities. He also highlighted the MSC site’s real- time hourly JPEG files, which provide cropped images showing 15 areas, each with a file size small enough to allow problem-free viewing. MSC plans to add images for other areas in response to user demand. Mr Ohno invited all participants to visit the websites of JMA and MSC to promote the use of these satellite data.

Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), Republic of Korea

5.1.7

Dr Dohyeong Kim, Senior

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