FengYun satellites will ramp up regional and global application to better serve international users

16-11-2018Source:China Meteorological News Press

It is informed from the fifth Session of International Strategic Consultative Committee on Chinese Meteorological Satellite Programmes and the First Fengyun Satellite Users' Conference that since Emergency Support Mechanism for International Users of FengYun Meteorological Satellites in Disaster Prevention and Mitigation was established, it has been activated for three times and has executed 1214 intensive observations. According to statistics, FY satellites have provided services for 93 countries and territories, as well as about 100 sectors and 2600 users.

On November 12,this event was held in Chengdu, Sichuan province. Experts at home and abroad gathered together to contribute their suggestions to FY satellites development in next ten years, and further exchanged views over how to ramp up the satellite data application capabilities.

During this event Photoed by Wang Jing

As remarked by Ms Liu Yaming, Administrator of China Meteorological Administration (CMA), four previous sessions have scored conspicuous results, bearing vital significance to lifting meteorological disaster prevention and mitigation capacities in China and the world at large, response to climate change, and application and monitoring capabilities. China will continue to improve users’s acquisition, application and handling capabilities of FY satellites data, and provide more premium and sustained tailored services, to make a huger contribution to socio-economic development and disaster mitigation for countries across the globe.

Mr Tillmann Mohr, Chair of International Strategic Consultative Committee on Chinese Meteorological Satellite Programmes expressed that the spirit of this conference is highly in line with “Belt and Road” Initiative, which further epitomizes the importance of regional cooperation. He spoke highly of the achievements FY satellites have made. Satellite application not only serves meteorological and hydrological departments but also provide data support for all walks of life. He anticipates that all parties should deepen exchanges and cooperation, beef up satellite data application and sharing, to better serve regional and global disaster prevention and mitigation.

Mr Zhang Wenjian, Assistant Secretary General of World Meteorological Administration (WMO) pointed out that countries and all sectors have a growing demand for meteorological satellite data application in accordance with WMO Integrated Global Observing System Vision 2040. Based on meeting the demand of observing wind and measuring rain, extreme weather and climate events identification has caught more attention. He proposed that China should further collaborate with countries to construct a mutually beneficial global partnership.

Participants review the implementation and work progress in response to proposals submitted during the last session, and focus on topics like early-morning-orbit satellite, precipitation measurement satellites, and greenhouse gases observation payload, consult on the demand for FY-3 polar meteorological satellites and future program, as well as further application and operational fields of FY-4 geostationary satellites. It will also touch on topics like FY satellite data network construction, as well as consultative suggestions on FY satellites global and regional cooperation.

Users of FY satellites from varied sectors, and institutions of higher education have participated in the First Fengyun Satellite Users’ Conference. This conference aims to provide a platform for FY satellite application technology and work exchanges to give full play to their integrated application benefits.

From September to October in 2018, in response to super typhoons Mangkhut and Yutu, Vietnam and the Philippines applied to activate the emergency support mechanism for three times. CMA implemented intensive observation of FY satellites and provided related products.

FYESM was set up in April, 2018. So far, 10 countries including Laos, Myanmar, Iran, Maldives, Thailand, Philippines, Algeria, Uzbekistan, Tunisia and Mongolia have officially applied to become international users of this mechanism.

So far, China has successfully launched 17 FY satellite, among them 8 are in orbit operation. By 2025, China will lift off 9 FY meteorological satellites. (Nov. 13)

Reporter: Liu Shuqiao, Lu Jian, Sun Haojie