Category Archives: Vlab News

Himawari-8 Conducts First Target Area Observation in Response to International User Request

True Color Reproduction imagery taken during Himawari-8 Target Area observation requested by Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.

JMA’s Himawari-8 meteorological satellite began conducting on-demand Target Area (TA) observation around Darwin in northern Australia at 06:30 UTC on 15 October 2018 in response to a request made by Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

This is the first operation of its kind to be performed under the new HimawariRequest service.

JMA expects the HimawariRequest service to support disaster risk reduction activities in the region based on the monitoring of extreme events such as tropical cyclones and volcanic eruptions.

Follow the link below to learn more about this first operation and JMA’s new international service HimawariRequest

GEONETCast Americas User Group Webinars

GEONETCast-AGEONETCast Americas announced the first in a series of webinars to facilitate communication among, and provide updates to users of GEONETCast Americas.

The webinar will be held 20 June at 16:00 UTC, with an anticipated duration of 2 hours. The webinar series is free, but registration is required.

To register, follow the link Registration deadline is 17 June. 

Learn more about GEONETCast Americas at

Ninth Asia Oceania Meteorological Satellite User’s Conference

In 2018, the Asia Oceania Meteorological Satellite User’s Conference (AOMSUC-9) will be hosted by the Indonesia Agency for Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG).AOMSUC9

The Conference, which will take place from 8 to 10 October, will be preceded by a training event for trainers on RGB techniques for meteorological applications (6 and 7 October).

Those interested in presenting at the Conference should note that the deadline for abstract submission is 1 July 2018.

More information about AOMSUC-9 is available at the Conference website at