Launch of JMA’s “HimawariRequest” service

JMA has launched a new international service called “HimawariRequest”. The service allows Meteorological and Hydrological Services to request regional target area observations provided by Himawari-8/9 every 2.5 minutes. For further details, please visit the related news release.

First images of JAXA’s Shikisai mission

JAXA successfully launched Shikisai, the Global Changing Observation Mission – Climate (GCOM-C) on 23 December 2017. The first images were made available on 12 January 2018. For more information, please visit the JAXA website.

CGMS turns 45 years old!

The Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) was formalised and came into being on 19 September 1972, when representatives of the European Space Research Organisation (since 1975 called the European Space Agency, ESA), Japan, the United States of America, Observers from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the Joint Planning Staff for the Global Atmosphere […]

US launches JPSS-1 successfully

The CGMS community wishes to congratulate the U.S. on the successful launch of JPSS-1 which will be renamed GOES-20 once operational. More details are available here. Next up is the Russian Federation preparing to launch Meteor-M N2-1, tentatively planned for launch end of November 2017.

China launches FY-3D successfully

The CGMS community wishes to congratulate China on the successful launch of FY-3D. More details are available here. Next up is the U.S. IJPSS-1 launch, rescheduled for 18 November 2017, and end of November 2017, the Russian Federation will launch Meteor-M N2-1. A busy autumn for the CGMS community securing significant and further contributions to […]

CGMS online agenda and working papers – maintenance work

Due to maintenance work, the online CGMS agenda and working papers will be unavailable from 13 February 2017 from 19:00 UTC until 13 February 2017 23:00 UTC. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.

Meteosat-8 takes over Meteosat-7 over the Indian Ocean

Following a decision of the EUMETSAT Council in June 2016, Meteosat-8 replaced Meteosat-7 as the EUMETSAT geostationary satellite observing the Indian Ocean on 1 February 2017. For further details please visit the EUMETSAT website.

First images of GOES-16 (GOES-R)

On 15 January 2017 the first images from GOES-16 (GOES-R), NOAA’s new generation geostationary meteorological satellite, were made available. For more information please visit the NOAA website and GOES-16 image gallery.

First images from Himawari-9

On 24 January 2017, the first images from all 16 bands were captured by JMA’s Himawari-9 geostationary meteorological satellite, launched on 2 November 2016. For more information please visit the JMA website.

Successful launch of FY-4A

CMA successfully launched its new generation GEO satellite FY-4A on 11 December 2016. For more information please visit the CMA website.

CGMS working paper online site – maintenance on 12-13 December 2017

Please be informed that due to maintenance activities, the CGMS working paper online pages will be unavailable from UTC 19:00 on 12 December until 05:00 on 13 December 2017. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your understanding. The CGMS Secretariat

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 wide range of information on satellite programmes, instruments, and the variables they can observe in the areas of weather, water, climate, the Earth’s environment, and space weather. OSCAR/Space v2.0 features powerful search […]

CGMS Working Paper site maintenance

Due to maintenance work, access to the Working Papers and online agenda will not be available on 7 November from 19:00-23:00 UTC. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your understanding. The CGMS Secretariat

Jason-3 live web briefing 19 September 2016

EUMETSAT will host a live web briefing about the Jason-3 ocean altimetry satellite on Monday 19 September 2016. Jason-3 was launched on 17 January 2016 this year and now after months of carefully checking its instruments, and the quality of the data it is sending back to Earth, the satellite is being readied to take […]

Monitoring the Oceans from Space (MOOC)

This autumn, EUMETSAT will run its first ever massive open online course (MOOC) on the theme of monitoring the oceans from space. The course, which is funded by the EU’s Copernicus Programme (, is aimed at a general audience and will give an introduction to the benefits and potential uses of satellite-based ocean observations collected […]

Meteosat-8 drifting towards 41.5 degrees East

Meteosat-8 started its drift towards 41.5°E early July 2016, with the drift phase planned to last until late September 2016. Once arrived, the distribution of IODC Meteosat-8 data is planned to start on 4 October 2016 (in parallel to Meteosat-7 data). Meteosat-8 will eventually replace Meteosat-7 in the first quarter of 2017 at which stage […]

CGMS-45 venue confirmed

CGMS-45 will be hosted by KMA at the hotel Ramada Plaza on Jeju Island in the Republic of Korea. Further details and a dedicated room reservation form will be provided in due course.