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CMA consults with countries from SCO on FY-2 satellite service needs

27-09-2018Source:China Meteorological News Press

On September 25, participants from Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) gathered in China Meteorological Administration (CMA), Beijing to discuss in terms of FY-2 satellite data reception, product application, and technical exchanges needs.

At the conference, meteorological and hydrological departments from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia, and Sri Lanka were conferred with the certificate of the Emergency Support Mechanism for International Users of FengYun Meteorological Satellites in Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (FYESM). Once plagued by extreme weather hazards, users can apply to activate this mechanism. FengYun meteorological satellites will carry out high frequency observation of disaster-affected areas and provide support for disaster prevention and mitigation.

On June 10, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a commitment during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit held in Qingdao that China was willing to provide meteorological services for all members of SCO by harnessing FY-2 meteorological satellites. In response to this pledge, CMA has established FY satellite remote sensing data service network, set up dedicated account numbers of international emergency response, learn of FY satellite application needs of international users, and formulate preliminary plans.

In the future, China will leverage 20 WMO centers undertaken and WMO Global Multi-Hazard Alert System-Asia (GMAS-A) , provide more convenient satellite data and products via Internet, CMACast, public cloud. CMA will also harness FYESM, develop super user application platform, offer refined services, and continue to host international training courses of satellite application.

Mr. Yu Rong, Deputy Administrator of CMA, expressed that meteorological cooperation among SCO countries is in line with “Shanghai Spirit”, which is conducive to the wellbeing of people and amicable partnership as good neighbors, friends, and partners. CMA will uplift the international service capabilities of FengYun satellites, join hands with all parties to contribute to regional disaster prevention and mitigation, response to climate change, socio-economic development and community of shared future for all mankind.

Kuniyuki Shida, representative from WMO, expressed gratitude to CMA for its support. He said that FY satellites stimulated the implementation of WMO programs in terms of space weather and training, and so on; the proposed future data service methods will make satellite data acquisition more convenient; FYESM has provided support for regional disaster management and capacity building.

This event also introduced the cooperation progress of Urumqi Initiative. For three years, parties have executed cooperation in terms of meteorological observation and scientific research; and joint research on mountainous regions, forests, and glaciers meteorological monitoring and tree rings climate. (Sep. 27)

Reporter: Hao Jing

Editor: Liu Shuqiao