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Terms of Reference
(as approved by CBS Ext. (10) on 23 November 2010)

In support of the strategy to improve satellite data utilization, ET-SUP shall:

(a) Monitor the progress of satellite data availability and use by WMO Members, related issues and expectations, with the aim to publish findings and recommendations in a WMO Technical Document;

(b) Provide advice and support to the development and implementation of WIGOS, with a view to promote standardization of satelllite measurements and product generation algorithms and validation procedures, from a user's perspective;

(c) Coordinate with ET-SAT and ET-EGOS on the evolution of the space-based component of Global Observing Systems;

(d) Initiate activities to improve the availability of operational and R&D satellite data according to user needs, monitor these activities in close coordination with the relevant CGMS working group(s) and with WIS activities;

(e) Review present and future R&D satellite data and products including their availability and potential applications, and provide advice with a view of increased utilization by WMO Members;

(f) Assess and further the concept of Sustained Co-ordinated Processing of Environmental Satellite Data (SCOPE);

(g) Review the needs of WMO Members for information regarding access to and utilization of satellite data, and related training opportunities;

(h) Keep under review the needs of WMO Members for training in satellite meteorology and engage with the Management Group of the Virtual Laboratory for Education and Training in Satellite Meteorology (VLab) to address these needs, towards full utilization of satellite data from operational and R&D satellites, in accordance with the 2009-2014 Virtual Laboratory Training Strategy;

(i) Prepare documents to assist Members, summarizing the results from the above activities.