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WIGOS Space 2040 workshop
Developing a vision of space-based Earth Observation in WIGOS in 2040

Date: 18-20 November 2015 
Venue: WMO HQ, Geneva, Press Room (Ground floor)

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A dialogue between space agencies and major user communities in weather, climate, water, and related environmental areas, to stimulate the development of a long-term vision for space-based observing capabilities, in response to the future needs of current and emerging applications. See more details in the announcement.


Provisional programme
(Start of the meeting: 18 November at 9:00, Registration as of: 8:45)


Agenda Item Related Working Documents and Background Information

18/11 morning session

Opening  (Secretary-General )

Setting the scene  (Moderator: Lars Peter Riishojgaard)

  • Societal needs for environmental information in 2040
  • Space and information technology perspective
  • Comparing current Earth Observation paradigm with former anticipations
  • Integrated Earth modelling 
  • Access to space and evolution of space activities 
  • WMO Rolling Review of Requirements and vision process
18/11 afternoon session

Panel on Weather Applications (Moderator: Lars Peter Riishojgaard)

  • Numerical Weather Prediction in 2040
  • Nowcasting and Very Short Range Forecasting
  • Severe weather monitoring and disaster risk reduction

Break-out groups on weather applications

(with questions to be prepared as a guidance)

19/11 morning session

Panel on climate, water and environment (Moderator: Stephan Bojinski)

  • Challenges in implementing the Global Climate Observation System
  • Grand challenges of climate research and the role of EO
  • Observation needs of seasonal to interannual outlooks
  • EO data, knowledge and services to enhance climate resilience
  • Regional climate observation: an African perspective

Break-out groups on climate

(with questions to be prepared as a guidance)

19/11 afternoon session

Panel on climate, water and environment (continued)

  • Ocean observation challenges and implications for research and applications
  • Global Cryosphere Watch perspective
  • Environment Applications including greenhouse gas and air quality issues

Break-out groups on water and environment

(with questions to be prepared as a guidance)

morning session

Cross-cutting matters  (Moderator: Jérôme Lafeuille)

  • Space/surface complementarity
  • Non-meteorological applications for next-generation geostationary satellites
  • Radio-frequency spectrum management issues
  • New paradigm in access to information
  • Traceability and quality issues
  • International coordination for continuity and interoperability: a CGMS perspective
  • Novel orbit scenarios 
  • Outcome of the Expert Team on Satellite Systems
afternoon session

Conclusions  (Moderators: Wenjian Zhang and Jérôme Lafeuille)

  • Sharing the findings of the breakout groups
  • Adoption of recommendations
  • Closing statements
Background Information
  Workshop scope, background, objectives and organization
  ET-SAT input to the Vision of WIGOS Space-based components in 2040 (14/04/2015)
  Vision for the Global Observing Sytems in 2025
  Statement of Guidance for WMO Application Areas



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