The work of WMO Members increasingly relies on the data collected by space-based systems, such as satellites, space probes and orbital platforms, including the International Space Station. Recognizing the growing importance of such data, WMO established in 2003 the WMO Space Programme. Its work is coordinated by the Space Systems and Utilization Division (SSU) in the WMO Integrated Global Observing System Branch of the Infrastructure Department.
The WMO Space Programme is tasked to promote wide availability and utilization of satellite data and products for weather, climate, water and related applications of WMO Members. Its scope is to coordinate environmental satellite matters and activities throughout all WMO Programmes; to give guidance to these programmes on the potential of remote-sensing techniques in meteorology, hydrology and related disciplines and applications; and to ensure effective cooperation with and among international partners and organizations dealing with satellite systems. For further information see the WMO Space Programme Public Webpages and the WMO Space Programme Community webpages.
A major task of the WMO Space Programme is to contribute to the development of the space-based component of WIGOS. This includes the monitoring of operational as well as the planning of future satellite missions for weather, water and climate observations serving all WMO Application Areas. The development of the space-based component of WIGOS is guided by the Vision for WIGOS in 2040.