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JMA launches HimawariRequest service for target observations in RA II and RA V

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) launched the new international HimawariRequest satellite service for RA II and RA V, in collaboration with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. HimawariRequest allows users of Himawari-8/9 satellite data to request Target Area observations covering a 1000kmx1000km area every 2.5 minutes. Target Area observations provide more accurate tracking and better insight into severe events, for example tropical cyclones or volcanic eruptions, and thus contribute to reducing the impact of natural disasters in RA II and RA V.

HimawariRequest is a direct outcome of a recommendation by the Joint RA II/RA V Workshop on WIGOS for Disaster Risk Reduction held in October 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and subsequent discussions within the WMO Space Programme and its Inter-Programme Expert Team on Satellite Utilization and Products (IPET-SUP).

More information on HimawariRequest: JMA Press Release (18 January 2018)


OSCAR/Space v2.0 launched

A new version of the WMO Space-based Observing System Capability Analysis and Review tool (OSCAR/Space v2.0) is now available ( It provides a wider range of information on satellite programmes, instruments, and the variables they can observe in the areas of weather, water, climate, the marine environment, land processes, and space weather.
OSCAR/Space v2.0 features powerful search functions and gap analyses, by variables and mission types, for users in NMHSs, satellite agencies, and the WMO Rolling Review of Requirements. Users feedback on this new version is welcome, and can be provided through

IODC services continuity – EUMETSAT Council approves relocation of Meteosat-8 to 41.5 degrees East

On 28 June 2016, the EUMETSAT Council approved the relocation of the geostationary Meteosat-8 satellite to 41.5 degrees East in support to the multi-partner Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC) service continuity beyond 2016. This decision follows the roadmap agreed by the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) to ensure IODC continuity after decommissioning of the ageing Meteosat-7 satellite at the end of 2016.

Considering that Meteosat-8 has exceeded its design lifetime, EUMETSAT’s support to the IODC services will be on a best effort basis.

The relocation will start on 4 July 2016 and is expected to be concluded around mid September 2016.