11 October 2011

39-th meeting of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS)

39-th meeting of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) was held 3-7 October 2011 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. CGMS provides an international forum for the exchange of technical information on geostationary and polar orbiting meteorological satellite systems. Hosted by Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet) the meeting was attended by the representatives of meteorological and space agencies and organizations from all over the world.

During the meeting participants had discussed various questions regarding satellite meteorology: development of global meteorological data exchange systems, climate changes monitoring, corrections and optimization of satellite orbits, satellite instruments calibration issues, radio frequency usage issues and more.

Previous 38-th meeting of CGMS took place in New-Delhi, India, November 2010. When the meeting was closed, the flag of CGMS was handed over to Roshydromet. At the 39-th meeting the flag was passed over to World Meteorological Organization (WMO), as far as the next anniversary 40-th meeting will be held in Switzerland and will be hosted by WMO.

10 October 2011

EUMETSAT meets Roshydromet

A bilateral meeting was held on 6 October with the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet) on the occasion of the Roshydromet-hosted Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS-39) meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 3-7 October.

The EUMETSAT delegation was led by the organisations Director-General, Alain Ratier, and the Roshydromet delegation by Dr. Valery Dyadyuchenko, Deputy Head of Roshydromet.

During the meeting, the Roshydromet delegation and the senior management of EUMETSAT discussed bilateral cooperation between the two organisations. Updates were provided on the respective organisations current and future satellite programmes...

26 September 2011


The CGMS meeting will be held in St. Petersbug, Russian Federation, from 3 to 7 October 2011.

CGMS provides an international forum for the exchange of technical information on geostationary and polar orbiting meteorological satellite systems.


Additional information on Meteor-M N1 satellite MSU-MR instrument is available at SRC "Planeta" website:

Structure of MSU-MR instrument data.

This section describes the structure of a signal that contains data from MSU-MR scanner and is received from "Meteor-M" 1 satellite via UHF band in direct broadcast mode.

15 March 2010

Meteor-M satelliteBy the order of the Russian Government Alexander V. Frolov is appointed to the position of the Chief of Russia's Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring.

17 September 2009

Russia launches Soyuz rocket with Meteor-M weather satellite

Meteor-M satellite A Soyuz rocket with "Meteor-M" 1 meteorological satellite was successfully launched from Baikonur spaceport on September 17, 2009, at 19:55 (Moscow time).
The satellite is designed to gather data for weather forecasts, to monitor the Earths ozone layer and radiation conditions in the upper atmosphere, as well as to provide information on ice floes for maritime shipping in the polar regions.

Technical characteristics of Meteor-M 1 satellite.

18 January 2008

WMO wins support for Global Observation System satellite plan

A WMO strategy for the enhanced use of satellites to monitor climate change and weather has been endorsed by international space and meteorological agencies during annual talks that ended 16 January in New Orleans, USA. The WMO Consultative Meetings on High-level Policy on Satellite Matters dealt with a variety of key issues, including the future Global Observation System satellite strategy.

World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
3 December 2007

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SRC "Planeta" website offers new types of satellite data products:
"Digital image montages of Eurasia territory
in stereographic projection
(METEOSAT-7, 8, MTSAT-1R satellites data):
Water Vapour channel. "
"Digital image montages of Eurasia territory
in stereographic projection
(METEOSAT-7, 8, MTSAT-1R satellites data):
Water Vapour channel."
"Digital chart maps of ice cover conditions
in certain areas of the Laptev Sea
(based on polar orbiting satellites data)
in stereographic projection."

29 October 2007

First IASI International Conference
Anglet, France, 13-16 November 2007

The Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and EUMETSAT will organise a IASI conference, to be held in Anglet (France) on 13-16 November 2007, to review first results from the validation and use of the radiance and geophysical data products from IASI on Metop-A.
For more information on the conference, including the formal conference announcements, registration and accomodation forms, please refer to the dedicated conference page on the IASI website.

24 September 2007

Meteorological Satellite Conference in Amsterdam Press conference

A press conference will be held today highlighting the success of Metop-A, Europes first operational meteorological polar-orbiting satellite. Metop-A began the official operational dissemination of near real time data from its onboard instruments in June this year. Users began using data from Metop-A instruments as early as January 2007. The press conference is being held on the first day of the joint 2007 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference...

2 August 2007

Russia claims Arctic seabed

Ice-breaker 'Rossiya'  Ice-breaker 'Rossiya'  Research ship 'Akademik Fedorov'
The first of two Russian mini-submarines that traveled to the Arctic Ocean floor at the North Pole has returned to the surface, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

The vice president of the Federation of Polar Explorers, Vladimir Strugatsky, said the Mir-1 mini-submarine has resurfaced safely after spending eight hours and 40 minutes under water, according to the news agency.

Expedition organizers said the greatest risk facing the six crew members, three on each vessel, was being trapped under the ice and running out of air. Each sub had a 72-hour air supply.

Strugatsky said the Mir-1 spent about 40 minutes near the surface before it found a patch of sea surface free of ice, the ITAR-Tass said.

''That was difficult,'' expedition leader Artur Chilingarov, who was aboard the Mir-1 three-person sub, told a cheering crowd of colleagues who welcomed the crew with a loud ''hurrah!'' after the mini-sub was raised to the Akademik Fedorov research ship.

In a perilous project mixing science, exploration and the scramble for potential oil and gas fields, crews of the Mir-1 and Mir-2 were engaged in what Russian authorities called the first dive to the ocean floor at Earth's northernmost point.

The crew of the Mir-1 dropped a titanium capsule containing the nation's flag on the bottom, symbolically claiming almost half of the planet's northern polar region for Moscow.

''It was so good down there,'' Chilingarov, 68, a famed polar scientist, said after coming back. ''If someone else goes down there in 100 or 1,000 years, he will see our Russian flag.''

The Mir-2's crew included Michael McDowell, an Australian described by the ITAR-Tass news agency as a polar explorer, and Frederik Paulsen, a Swedish pharmaceuticals millionaire described as a co-sponsor of the dive.

Russian scientists were to map part of the Lomonosov ridge, a 1,240-mile (1,995-kilometer) underwater mountain range that crosses the polar region.

The ridge was discovered by the Soviets in 1948 and named after a famed 18th-century Russian scientist, Mikhail Lomonosov.

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1 August 2007

Polar resources claims to have legal substantiation

Participants in the Russian expedition who intend to submerge to the ocean floor in bathyscaphs in the vicinity of the North Pole are approaching their final point of destination. Today, on August 1, they plan to reach the North Pole.
As is known, the main aim of the expedition is to collect scientific data on the structure of the Arctic Ocean floor and to prove that the oceans continental shelf rich in oil and gas is the continuation of the Siberian platform. This gives Russia the right to claim 1.2 million square kilometers of the polar shelf. Russia is acting in full keeping with the UN Law of the Sea Convention. This document stipulates that all countries can extract natural resources within their 200-mile sea zones and claim even vaster territories if they can prove that they are continuation of their continental shelves.
All Arctic states with the exception of the United States signed the convention. By the way, the commission on settling disputes over sea borders is guided by this convention in its activity.
In the meanwhile, U.S is attentively observing Russias expedition to the North Pole. An authoritative Republican Senator Richard Lugar has expressed concern over Russias claims for a continental shelf of the Arctic Ocean. Mr. Lugar believes that U.S interests may be seriously damaged if Washington fails to ratify the Convention on the Law of the Sea and join the struggle for polar energy resources. A commentary from the Russian political analyst Maxim Vasilyev
Although Russia has left U.S behind, Americans try not to miss an opportunity and intend to join global fight for Arctic energy resources. We expect a serious confrontation. The only dangerous thing is U.S attempt to divide the resources by means of force, in the line with its straightforward policy. But there are concrete legal regulations which allow Russia and other countries of the Arctic zone stand up for its national interests.
A U.S ice-breaker is also heading the North Pole. An American team plans to make test dives of their submarines and carry out scientific research. Although the area aimed for exploration constitutes thousands of square kilometers, Russian and U.S polar explorers have a chance to meet.

Voice of Russia
10 July 2007

Russian polar research vessel begins its Arctic voyage

The Arctic 2007 expedition on the board of Academic Fedorov, flagman of the Russian polar research fleet, set off Saint-Petersburgs harbour today. The 90-days research voyage will include a study of the Arctic Ocean environment and the first-ever 4200-meters dive near the North Pole on the deep-water bathyspheres Mir-1 and Mir-2. This scientific experiment under the leadership of Prof Arthur Chilingarov, the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the International Polar Year 2007-2008 (IPY), should provide more information about the sea-bed structure at the North Pole area. The expedition is carried out in the context of IPY, launched jointly by WMO and the International Council of Science.

Visit the website of Roshydromet for more information in Russian.

World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
2 July 2007

The warmest year?

The head of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, has predicted that 2007 could surpass 1998 as the warmest year on record owing to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases and an El Nino warming of the Pacific.
The 10 warmest years in the past 150 years have all occurred after 1990.
Last week, more than 500 people died in storms and floods in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Northern England and parts of Texas saw torrential rain and flooding. Austin, Texas, has had its wettest year on record so far. Temperatures in Greece reached 46C in a heat wave across southern Europe. Parts of China have also had a heat wave in recent days.

World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
14 June 2007

(11 13 September 2007, St. Petersburg-Petrodvorets, Ulyanovskaya 1),
devoted to 75-jubilee of Atmospheric Physics Department at Saint-Petersburg State University (Leningrad State University)

Atmospheric Physics includes many branches of physics and adjacent sciences chemistry, biology, etc. Studies in atmospheric physics are of very importance and practical actuality the human life and activity depend essentially on the atmospheric state. The universality of atmospheric processes, the requirement for weather forecast lead to the necessity of the unique observing system (including ground-based, aircraft, balloon and space subsystems) for monitoring the atmosphere...


Russian Radiation Commission (RRC)
17 May 2007

Dr. Alexander Bedritsky re-elected as WMO President

The Fifteenth Congress of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has unanimously re-elected Dr Alexander Bedritsky as President of the United Nations specialized agency.
Dr Bedritsky, the only candidate nominated for the post, will serve a second four-year term.
Now more than ever, the challenges of the 21st century, such as sustainable development and the environment, need a spirit of cooperation and mutual understanding between cultures and nations this spirit lies at the very heart of WMO and the international meteorological society, Dr Bedritsky said...

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Meteosat-9 prime satellite at 0 longitude

We remind you that from April 11, 2007, Meteosat-9 has become a prime satellite for all 0 longitude services, while Meteosat-8 will be acting as a backup satellite.
Users of Meteosat 0 longitude services should take note of this important change to the Meteosat services.
For detailed information on the schedule of events, please see Meteosat Image Services.

19 April 2007

Fostering environmental education and awareness

WMO and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have agreed upon terms of reference to allow WMO and the GLOBE Program ( to collaborate on common goals.
These include increasing environmental awareness throughout the world, developing scientific understanding of the global environment and supporting achievement in science and mathematics education.

World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
17 April 2007

Indonesia floats its first tsunami warning buoy

The first tsunami warning buoy to be manufactured in Indonesia was floated in the Indian Ocean off the coast of West Java yesterday.
The device has been added to two provided by other countries and will be employed to detect unusual changes on the sea surface and transmitting the data to land-based experts via satellite within three minutes.
Indonesias island of Sumatra was one of the worst hit areas during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which killed over 230 000 people.

World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
12 April 2007

First astronaut Y.A.Gagarin and chief constructor S.P.Korolev

30 March 2007

Succesful completion of Metop-A Satellite In-Orbit Verification (SIOV) phase

The Metop-A Satellite In-Orbit Verification (SIOV) phase started 23 October 2006, following the Metop-A handover from the LEOP service, performed by ESOC, to EUMETSAT.
After a very intense period, some anomalies and many successes, the SIOV activities eventually came to an end and the SIOV Review formally closed this phase on 29 March 2007.

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12 February 2007

Enlarged session of Roshydromet collegium.

Enlarged session of Roshydromet collegium will be held 14 February 2007. The session's will summarize the results of Roshydromet activities in 2006 and determine plans for the future development.

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10 February 2007

Termination of Meteosat-5 Direct Dissemination Services

On 6 February 2007 all Meteosat-5 direct dissemination services and the relay of Meteosat-5 image data via EUMETCast will terminate.

The transfer of these operational services from Meteosat-5 to Meteosat-7 has already taken place.

Meteosat-7 has been providing the prime Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC) service since 5 December 2006. In April 2007 DCP transmissions will be transferred from Meteosat-5 to Meteosat-7, (no impact to DCP operators is expected), and Meteosat-5 will be deorbited to graveyard orbit after more than 16 years of service.

From its location at 57.5 degrees East, the Meteosat-7 satellite will continue the IODC service until at least end 2008.

25 January 2007

India To Launch Russian Glonass Satellite

India and Russia signed four agreements, including one on Reciprocal Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in the field of Military Technical Cooperation, at the end of the annual summit meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Vladimir Putin.

While three agreements were signed in the presence of Dr Singh and Mr Putin at the Grand Kremlin Palace after the meeting, the fourth agreement Protocol to the agreement between India and Russia on the implementation of the programme for military and technical cooperation up to 2010 and on procedure for making changes in that programme was signed separately later...

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23 January 2007

57-th session of the WMO Bureau

57-th session of the WMO Bureau takes place in Moscow, 23-27 January.
It's the first time the WMO Bureau session is held in Russian Federation, hence it becomes a very significant fact in strengthening the relations between Russian Federation and WMO as a part on the UN system as whole.

20 January 2007


Seventh session of Consultative Meetings on high-level policy on satellite matters took place in Geneva, 19-20 January 2007. Session was participated by representatives of the WMO Bureau, EU (ESA, EUMETSAT) and countries possessing satellite systems: China (CMA), France (CNES, METEO FRANCE), Canada (CSA), Germany (DVD), India (IMD), Japan (JMA), South Korea (KMA), USA (NASA, NOAA, USGS), Russia (Roshydromet, Roskosmos), and also by observers representing Iran (ISA, IRIMO).

17 January 2007

Progress-M57 cargo ship finished its flight

Fragments of a Russian cargo ship carrying garbage and used equipment from the international space station crashed into the southern Pacific Ocean on Wednesday ahead of the arrival of a new cargo ship, a Russian official said.

Engineers undocked the Progress M-57 at around 2:29 a.m. (2329 GMT) and sent it hurtling toward Earth, said Vera Medvedkova, a spokesman for the Federal Space Agency.

Much of the ship burnt up as it re-entered the atmosphere, and fragments crashed in a vast area of the Pacific, some 4,200 kilometers (2,600 miles) east of New Zealand, just under four hours later, she said.

A new Progess M-59 ship is scheduled to blast off Thursday and arrive some two days later, delivering 2 1/2 tons of fuel, spacewalk gear and other supplies for the two American astronauts and the Russian cosmonaut currently on board the station.

Russian manned Soyuz and unmanned Progress ships have long been the workhorses of the space station program, shuttling crews and cargo back and forth even while the U.S. space shuttle fleet was grounded.

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