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Senior expert of satellite looks forward to wider application of FY satellite

27-11-2018Source:China Meteorological News Press

On November 12,the fifth Session of International Strategic Consultative Committee on Chinese Meteorological Satellite Programmes and the First Fengyun Satellite Users' Conference 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. We interviewed Tillmann Mohr, Chair of International Strategic Consultative Committee on Chinese Meteorological Satellite Programmes on topics like FengYun satellite application and global cooperation.

Guest:Tillmann Mohr, Chair of International Strategic Consultative Committee on Chinese Meteorological Satellite Programmes

Reporter: Liu Shuqiao

Reporter: What perspectives do you bring to this year's International Strategic Consultative Committee on Chinese Meteorological Satellite Programmes and the First Fengyun Satellite Users' Conference?

Tillmann Mohr:This is our arrangement, for the first time to hold the users’ conference. This year’s event focuses especially on the application of satellite data you are providing to national users and international community. It is important to know the demands of national users and international community. Because the user community is available to take part in the user conference.

Reporter: What is the application of FY satellites that has impressed you most? Please make some suggestions on the future development of FY satellites.

Tillmann Mohr: This most impressive thing I have taken from this is the new data new satellites are providing, like FY-4A, which is the very first geostationary satellite and already used by weather forecasts. That means a significant improvement as concerns the weather forecast.

The other thing which impressed me that CMA is also paying a lot of attention to climate monitoring products. Climate change is an issue which has a political attendance. There is a huge potential that you can provide necessary climate services products to the different user communities, like industries, all the governments, and it is very important for creating additional benefits out of these very costly satellite data.

Reporter: how do you think about of the satellite collaboration between China and Europe especially in terms of satellite application.

Tillmann Mohr:Collaboration between China and Europe as concerns meteorological satellites is an rather old one, I have to say. When I was the General Director of EUMETSAT, I concluded a cooperation agreement with China, which was already at the end of last century, in 1997. This is a very long-standing cooperation. One of the means to get the cooperation moving is the annual meetings between government leaders of Chinese and European satellite communities.

Reporter: Please share with us your anticipation on future meteorological satellite cooperation across the globe.

Tillmann Mohr:Here I expect that we see a very bright future.

As concerns the space component or see WMO integrated global observing system,you have seen major contributors, like China, (with very large contributions), Europe, the United States, then other ones like South Korea, Japan, India, Russia or other contributors. But the biggest contributions are coming from, which I mentioned, China, Europe, and the United States.

And when I saw the presentation of the Chinese colleague on the future satellites you are going to launch in the future 10 years. It’s remarkable.

It means we will see additional satellites coming up. And you will see additional applications, which will benefit from satellite data, and at the very end, you will see tremendous improvement beyond what we have already achieved.(Nov.27)

Editor: Zhang Yong