WIGOS Space 2040 Workshop

WMO Space Programme / WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS)
WIGOS Space 2040 workshop
Developing a vision of space-based Earth Observation in WIGOS in 2040
Date: 18-20 November 2015. Start of the meeting: 9 am  (Registration as of 8.45 am)
Venue: WMO Headquarters Press Room (Opening session) and Room C2 (other sessions)
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A dialogue between space agencies and major user communities in weather, climate, water, and related environmental areas, to stimulate the development of a long-term vision for space-based observing capabilities, in response to the future needs of current and emerging applications. See more details in the announcement.

Provisional programme  (updated on 17 November 2015)

Session Presentations and discussions

18 /11

Dr Wenjian Zhang



Opening : setting the scene

 9.00 Opening remarks   (Wenjian Zhang, WMO )
 9.15 WMO Rolling Review of Requirements and vision process (Lars Peter Riishojgaard, WMO)
 9.25 Will space agency plans meet the WMO Vision in 2025? (John Eyre, Chair IPET-OSDE)
 9.50  Input from the WMO/CBS Expert Team on Satellite Systems  (Jack A. Kaye, ET-SAT Chair)
10.20  Coffee break
10.45  Recorded address by Dr Kathryn Sullivan (NOAA Administrator)
11.05 Space and information technology perspective (George J. Komar, NASA)
11.30 Access to space and evolution of space activities (Peter Hulsroj, ESPI)
11.55  Questions and answers


Dr Lars Peter Riishojgaard

Panel on Weather Applications
14.00 NWP in 2040 (Peter Bauer, ECMWF)
14.30 Nowcasting and Very Short Range Forecasting
15.00 Severe weather monitoring and disaster risk reduction (Alasdair Hainsworth, WMO)
15.30 Coffee break
16.00 Break-out group discussion on weather applications


Dr Stephan Bojinski


Panel on climate, water and environment

 9.00 Reanalysis, and its use of space-based observations in 2040 (Adrian Simmons, ex GCOS SC Chair)
 9.25 Grand Challenges of climate research and the role of EO (Robert Pincus, University of Colorado)
 9.50 Observation needs for seasonal to decadal forecasts  (Roger Saunders, UK Met Office)
10.15 EO data, knowledge and services to enhance climate resilience (Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, ESA)
10.40 Coffee break
11.00 Regional climate observation: an African perspective (Mariane Diop Kane, NMS Senegal)
11.30 Break-out group discussion on climate


Dr Adrian Simmons

Panel on climate, water and environment (continued)

14.00 Ocean observation challenges and implications for research and applications (Detlef Stammer, University of Hamburg)
14.25 Global Cryosphere Watch perspective  (Jeff Key, CIMSS and NOAA)
14.50 Environment Applications including greenhouse gas and air quality issues (Phil DeCola, Sigma Space Corp.)
15.15 Coffee break
15.45 Break-out group discussion on water and environment



Cross-cutting matters

 9.00  Space/surface complementarity  (Lars Peter Riishojgaard, WMO)
 9.10  Non-meteorological applications for next generation GEO satellites (Toshiyuki Kurino, JMA)
 9.25  Radio-frequency spectrum management issues (Jean Pla, CNES)
 9.45  New paradigm in access to information (Marie Françoise Voidrot, MétéoFrance)
10.05 Traceability and quality issues (Bruce Wielicki, NASA)
10.30  Coffee break
10.50  International coordination for continuity & interoperability: CGMS perspective (Peng Zhang,CMA)
11.10  Novel orbit scenarios  (Guennadi Kroupnik, CSA)
11.30  Input from the Inter-Programme Expert Team on Satellite Utilization and Products (IPET-SUP) (Anthony Rea, IPET-SUP Chair)
11.40  Break-out group discussion on cross-cutting matters

20 /11

Dr W. Zhang


14.00 Sharing the findings of the breakout group discussions
15.00 Discussion and adoption of recommendations
16.00 Closure of the workshop

General Background Documents/ Information
List of participants
Workshop scope, background, objectives and organization
  DRAFT ET-SAT input to the Vision of WIGOS Space-based components in 2040 (14/04/2015)
  Vision for the Global Observing Sytems in 2025
  Statement of Guidance for WMO Application Areas