Category Archives: Vlab News

Training Operational Package for Climate Services – TOPaCS

Developed by CNR-IBE with technical support of CNR-IC, the Training Operational Package for Climate Services – TOPaCS – is now fully accessible at

The package consists of 11 freely accessible courses, for a total of 52 lessons, and each course is related to the WMO Competencies Framework for Climate Services Providers. The main goal is to build Knowledge and Skills through customizable learning paths within the Climate Services Competencies framework of WMO, ensuring coherence with other WMO education initiatives.

Learn more about TOPaCS in the video below

Solar Orbiter liftoff

ESA’s new Sun-exploring mission Solar Orbiter lofted to space aboard the US Atlas V 411 rocket from NASA’s spaceport in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 04:03 GMT (05:03 CET) on 10 February 2020.

Solar Orbiter, an ESA-led mission with strong NASA participation, carries a set of ten instruments for imaging the surface of the Sun and studying the environment in its vicinity. 

You can read more about the Solar Orbiter mission at

International Workshop on Precipitation and Space-based Snowfall Measurements

The International Precipitation Group (IPWG) is organising the joint  10th Workshop of IPWG and 6th International Workshop on Space-based Snowfall Measurements (IWSSM).

The Workshop will be taking place in Fort Collins (Colorado, USA), 1-5 June 2020. Key objectives of the Workshop are: * Review the state of the art of rainfall and snowfall/high-latitude precipitation measurement techniques. * Discuss the application of satellite precipitation products for research and operations. * Recommend future directions to WMO and the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) and coordinate with the Global Energy and Water Exchanges project (GEWEX) on topics related to precipitation.

Abstract submission deadline: 15 February 2020 (extended deadline)

More information available at