Activities and Objectives
The WMO Space Programme promotes availability and utilization of satellite data and products for weather, climate, water and related applications of WMO Members.
It aims to leverage an "end-to-end system", for weather and climate services. This ranges from capturing of data, over calibration to quality control, dissemination and user-training. The Space programme is actively engaged with projects and activities in each of these steps. (Illustration 1)
The space programme's activities span four main components:
Integrated space-based observing system
The long-term goal is an integrated space-based observing system involving operational and R&D environmental satellites and ground segments, supporting all WMO or WMO-supported programmes, as the space-based component of WIGOS.
Through partnership with satellite operating agencies, CGMS and CEOS, the Space Programme:
Availability and use of satellite data and products
While upcoming satellite systems will generate increasing amounts of advanced measurements, a major challenge is to ensure that improved data and products are actually available to more users in all regions.
Space Weather Coordination
The Space Programmesupports international coordination of operational activities in Space Weather in order to improve Space Weather hazard warnings to key application sectors such as aviation, radio-communications, satellite operations, power grid operations, or precise positioning.
User Information and Training
The goal is to raise awareness on satellite capabilities and to promote satellite-relatededucation to keep Members's staff up-to-date with technological evolutions, with focus on developing countries.
Reference to the WMO Strategic Plan 2012-2015
With reference to the strategic thrusts of the WMO Strategic Plan 2012-2015 , the Space Programme is contributing in particular to "Advancing scientific research and application, as well as development and implementation of technology " and to "Strengthening capacity building" , serving more specifically Expected Result 4:
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