The goal of the WMO Sustained, Co-Ordinated Processing of Environmental Satellite Data for Nowcasting (SCOPE-Nowcasting) initiative is to demonstrate continuous and sustained provision of consistent, well-characterized satellite products for nowcasting and severe weather risk reduction.
Objectives of SCOPE-Nowcasting are:
To provide a mechanism through which satellite data can be made available simply and quickly, for nowcasting applications
To primarily serve users in the NMHSs of smaller or developing nations, where expertise and facilities for processing and utilizing satellite data may be limited or non-existent,
To assist advanced nations in data processing and application where there may be efficiencies possible through combining resources, expertise, and efforts.
SCOPE-Nowcasting will be demonstrated through a number of pilot projects, meeting the criteria defined by the WMO Expert Team on Satellite Utilization and Products (ET-SUP):
More details on the Pilot Projects is provided in Annex I of the report of the first SCOPE-Nowcasting ad-hoc steering group meeting.
SCOPE-Nowcasting is supported by CGMS satellite operators, and aligned with a number of WMO initiatives, in particular SCOPE-CM and the Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP). SWFDP is focused primarily on numerical weather prediction output; the observational focus of SCOPE-Nowcasting has the high potential to complement and enhance SWFDP final output and thus lead to improved warning services. Linkages with other relevant programmes, initiatives and groups will be sought, as appropriate.
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