RA II WIGOS Project to Develop Support for NMHSs in Satellite Data, Products and Training


Japan Meteorological Agency Korea Meteorological Administration

Under the auspices of

World Meteorological Organization


Background Mission Accomplishments Work Plan for the Next Project Phase
Coordinating Group Newsletter Survey Result


The 14th session of WMO Regional Association II (XIV-RA II), held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 5 to 11 December 2008, adopted a resolution to establish a pilot project for the development of support for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in the areas of satellite data, products and training.  After the session, the WMO Secretariat invited WMO Members to join the Pilot Project Coordinating Group, whose members as of 31 May 2011 are Japan (Co-coordinator), the Republic of Korea (Co-coordinator), Bahrain, China, Hong Kong – China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and, as an observer, EUMETSAT.

At the 15th session of Regional Association II (XV-RA II) held in Doha, Qatar in December 2012, it was decided that the RA II Pilot Project to Develop Support for NMHSs in Satellite Data, Products and Training should continue and become the RA II WIGOS Project from 2013 in light of its importance in improving dialogue between satellite providers and users in the Region.

The Association stressed the importance of identifying and regularly documenting Region-oriented requirements for satellite data access and exchange, following the guidance provided by the “Procedure for Documenting Regional Requirements for Satellite Data Access and Exchange” [See Recommendation 4.2/4 (CBS-15)].  It tasked the Project to develop an initial set of such requirements.




This project assists NMHSs in RA II to make better use of satellite-related information.  The major focus of the initiative is to facilitate the timely provision of satellite-related information by satellite operators themselves to users, i.e., NMHSs in RA II, especially developing countries including LDCs.  It is necessary to create synergy between other ongoing projects such as the WMO-CGMS Virtual Laboratory (VLab) and provide greater benefits while avoiding duplication of effort.  




The first four phases of the Project 2009-2013 have resulted in the following accomplishments:

  1. Issuance of bi-monthly newsletters for RA II members
  2. Establishment and maintenance of project web pages on the WMO Space Programme website
  3. Identification of the status of availability and use of satellite data by RA II Members through an online survey (results are available: )
  4. Assistance to organizing the Asia/Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users Conferences (AOMSUC)
  5. Organization of two Coordinating Group meetings (2011 and 2012)
  6. Reporting to WMO RA II and CBS/ET-SUP
  7. Development of next-phase work plans

The progress of the RA II WIGOS Project (Sep. 2013 -) is as follows:

  1. Establishment of the new webpage of the RA II WIGOS Project (hosted by JMA)
  2. Quarterly newsletters for RA II Members
  3. Convening the series of Asia/Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users’ Conference
    • 4th conference, held in Melbourne, Australia in October 2013
    • 5th conference, held in Shaghai, China in October 2014
    • 6th conference, held in Tokyo, Japan in November 2015
  4. Conducting the prototype questionnaire on the utilization of new generation of geostationary meteorological satellites


Work Plan 2015 – 2016

  • Support for the preparation of satellite data users in relation to the new generation of geostationary meteorological satellites
  • Establishment of close coordination between the ongoing RA II WIGOS Project to Develop Support for NMHSs in Satellite Data, Products and Training and the RA-V Task Team on Satellite Utilization
  • Successful hosting of the 7th Asia/Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users’ Conference by KMA and co-hosting by the American Meteorological Society
  • Ongoing issuance of quarterly newsletters


Concept of RA II Pilot Project
Illustration 1: Structure of the RA II WIGOS Project


Coordinating Group

RA 2 Pilot Project Members
Illustration 2: Coordinating Group





The newsletter is aimed at sharing the latest satellite-related information in areas such as imagery, data, products and training, including:

  • Information on access to satellite imagery, data and products including application products
  • Training activities currently available or planned
  • News on meteorological satellites
  • News on new services
  • Progress reports on the Project
  • Introduction to activities of other RAs and the WMO VLab
  • Reports of relevant meetings

We look forward to receiving your contributions to the newsletter!

Articles from satellite operators or from any RA II Member are welcome, regardless of whether they are registered as members of the Project Coordinating Group or not.  Topics could include, for example, satellite-related activities, such as how Members have used satellite data to improve weather/climate products.  



Survey Results

The RA II Pilot Project Web-based Questionnaire survey conducted in the third phase, which drew responses from 20 of 35 RA II members as reported in RA II Pilot Project Newsletter Vol. 3 No 2.

 The key findings are following:

  • Digital data disseminated via satellites and digital data obtained from the internet were the most popular mechanism of data reception, and it was recognized that analogue data obtained from the internet was also the popular mechanism
  • There was a strong need for the data from Research and Development and other environmental satellites, especially TRMM. Data from NPP was also requested.
  • A stronger product processing capability is needed.
  • It can be said that monitoring dust is highly interested in RA II and it seems that atmosphere-ocean interaction is getting an interest from RA II Members.
  • A large scale of training, the support of E-learning in satellite meteorology by WMO and the regular training were required.