The Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) is celebrating 40 years of successful cooperation as it prepares to meet growing demands from a world which is increasingly vulnerable to the impact of weather and climate.
Created in 1972 by Europe, Japan, USA, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the CGMS has contributed to significantly improve, global planning, coordination and utilisation of meteorological satellites for weather forecasting and warning, as well as for scientific research, and more recently climate studies.
At its 40th anniversary meeting this week, the CGMS will harness past experience and expertise to devise a high-level priority plan to meet future challenges that will arise from the introduction of a new generation of meteorological satellites.
“An increasing number of nations operate meteorological satellites to meet the unprecedented demands of society for weather, water and climate-related information,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “International coordination and cooperation provided by CGMS is essential if we are to maximize the contribution of satellite observations to socio-economic development and reducing disasters,” he said.