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Three Fengyun satellites officially recognized as on-duty satellites of CHARTER

Source:China Meteorological News Press08-02-2022

Recently, Three Fengyun meteorological satellites, FY-3D, FY-4A, and FY-2H, have officially become on-duty satellites of CHARTER. They have provided relevant data service and monitoring service products for countries and territories like Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi in January, 2022.

In recent years, as on-duty satellites of CHARTER, FY satellites have played an increasingly significant role in global meteorological disaster preparedness, and serving “Belt and Road” construction. In 2021 alone, they have provided nearly 2T monitoring data for 22 major disasters.

Prior to that, only FY-3C, as on-duty satellite of CHARTER, has provided data service for relevant countries in terms of disaster preparedness. As newly launched FY satellites have brought an increasingly mounting number of data, the data resources geared to global extreme meteorological disasters have become more diversified, with higher temporal and spatial resolution and higher product accuracy. In order to better give play to the role of FY satellites in global disaster preparedness, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) applied to update the on-duty FY satellites of CHARTER.

At the end of December, 2021, the update was accomplished. On January 30, Manoel, the project manager of CHARTER mechanism sent a letter to express his gratitude to FY-3D for its products and data support. He stated that they have assessed relevant contents and furnished disaster monitoring service update.

According to Gao Hao, senior engineer from National Satellite Meteorological Centre (NSMC) of CMA, thanks to their respective cutting-edge technologies, these three satellites could provide relevant support for global meteorological forecasting, disaster response, and ecology protection.

Mr. Zhang Xingying, Deputy Director of NSMC, under the coordination of CHARTER mechanism and FY ESM, in the future, these on-duty satellites will further make contributions to monitoring of disasters like typhoon, convection, flooding, fire disaster, volcano eruption, drought, heat wave, ice snow and others, and give play to the role of FY satellites in global meteorological disaster preparedness, and serving “Belt and Road” construction. (Feb.8)

Editor: Liu Shuqiao