The National Meteorological Satellite Centre (NMSC) has become a member of the WMO CGMS Virtual Laboratory (VLab) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in satellite meteorology in 2010, with the successful launch and operations of COMS.
NMSC is a COMS satellite operating, training and research organization of the the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), which was established in 2009. This is the only geostationary meteorological satellite operator in South Korea providing national higher education and training focused on the effective use of data and products from meteorological and environmental satellites.
The mission of NMSC is to support prompt, more accurate and valuable weather, climate and environmental services by enabling KMA staff members or private decision makers to utilize our own stable satellite data, reliable products and other meteorological data for the safety of Korea and its economy.
The NMSC also aims to contribute to a global partnership with satellite operators and space program coordination groups by sharing COMS data and providing satellite knowledge and skills to the developing countries in RA II region.
International training organised by KMA commenced in 2007 through the support of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), to contribute to the global society by sharing satellite knowledge and skills with developing countries in the Asian-Pacific Region. During its first phase from 2007 to 2015, focus was given to the analysis of COMS data and products. In particular, the NMSC has also supported Sri Lanka and the Philippines in 2011, 2012 and 2015, respectively by establishing the COMS data receiving and analysis system as well as its facilities for the ground station.
In line with the launch of high technology satellites such as Himawari-8, GOES-R and FY-4, the Korean next generation satellite, GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellite is scheduled to launch in 2018. For the preparation and high quality capacity-building for the upgraded next generation satellites, KMA is organising the second phase of international training on “Analysis and Application of GEO-KOMPSAT-2A data” for meteorologists and government employees in RA II and RA V regions since 2016.
CoE-Korea has also commenced its participation in the monthly online Regional Focus Group meetings (RFG) organised by the CoE-Australia in 2015. In 2016, the NMSC held online RFG weather discussion twice jointly with the CoE-Australia under the bilateral cooperation between KMA and BoM. This cooperation has been growing since 2015, with 4 joint RFG meetings planned to be offered in 2017 for RA II and RA V, sharing KMA’s knowledge, experience, methods and tools related to satellite data.
Contacting Centre of Excellence Republic of Korea:
Head of CoE: Mr. Young Hwa KIM – National Meteorological Satellite Centre (NMSC), Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA)
Main Point of contact: Ms. Ok Here KIM – National Meteorological Satellite Centre (NMSC), Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA)