From June 27 to July 6, an international training course for FY-4A satellite product application was inaugurated in China Meteorological Training Centre (CMATC) (WMO-RTC Beijing). This training course belongs to one of the foreign assistance training course of WMO-VCP that CMA participates in. It has recruited 22 trainees from 15 countries like Mongolia, Algeria, and so on. The correspondents interviewed trainees from Inner Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Chile, and Tajikistan on FengYun meteorological satellite application, as well as meteorological monitoring, forecasting, and warning. Trainees introduced weather and climate conditions in their countries, and the meteorological satellite application conditions as well.
They spoke highly of China’s meteorological satellites’ role in forecast, warning, and services and expressed their expectation of FY-4A satellite application in the future.
Forecaster Sanussi Alaa from Saudi Arabia introduced weather and climate conditions like convection clouds, or heavy rain. They have a procedure to predict the disasters, to warn other agencies and people to take care of them and stay away from the troubles. This year, they encountered a typhoon from the Indian Ocean. Satellites have been instrumental for them to measure this kind of weather events and follow it up. He thinks FY-4A meteorological satellite is very helpful, boasting a lot of data and channels useful for forecasting and nowcasting. It will be helpful in tracking cumulus clouds, and sandstorms, dust, and so on. To his knowledge, FY-2H is quite advanced and encompasses high technologies. He hopes the two countries can share data of climatology, and more research, and conduct more personnel exchanges.
Senior forecaster from Mongolia, Narankhuu Enkhdalai introduced that they detected meteorological factors by harnessing meteorological equipment like meteorological satellites like FY-2E, FY-2G, Himawari-8 and Himawari-9, and satellite from NOAA. They would like to use FY-4A data because the satellite is more efficient and accurate, conducive to improving forecasting. They have installed MICAPS and CMACast systems. She said they used CMACast to derive data from FY meteorological satellites then send it to users of meteorological branches.
Razakova Adiba, chief expert from National Agency for hydrometeorology of Tajikistan stated that meteorological departments in their country have conducted myriad forecasts of weather and atmospheric conditions like dust storms and sandstorms. She remarked that they would have a huge demand for FY satellites, especially FY-4A and FY-2H satellites. The FY-4A satellite is advanced and can help them further predict weather phenomena like winds dust storms or clouds, which will be very useful and efficient. She considered FY-4A satellite quite mature and modernized, which will help them better forecast clouds, dust storms, or forest fires, and so on. They use MICAPS for short range forecast and CMACast to get data from the satellites. They also use CMACast to notify the public of some dangers or disasters.
Torres Ravelo from Chilean Meteorological Service said Fengyun polar meteorological satellites are very useful for them. He commented that these satellites were important tools for acquiring meteorological observation data from all over the world. He said that the website of FY meteorological satellites was very friendly. The satellite data is free and easy to get. The instruments for earth observation are the most modern and advanced ones as well. He thought data derived from FY-2H satellite would be helpful for many countries as well as new research into weather and climate.
They all expressed that they had learned loads of information during the class in terms of how to use the satellites products for nowcasting, forecasting, warning and so on. (July. 31)
Reporter: Liu Shuqiao, Hao Jing
Editor: Zhang Yong