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World Meteorological Organization reinvigorates relations with space agencies

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    Suchith Anand

    Dear colleagues
    In recognition of the vital role of satellite observations, WMO will reinvigorate its relationship with space agencies to strengthen cooperation in in an era of rapid climate, societal and technological change.  
    Space-based observing systems constitute approximately 90 percent of the data used in global numerical weather prediction models. They are the backbone of operations of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, providing invaluable insights that safeguard lives and property worldwide, 24/7.  
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    So it is very timely the upcoming launch of INSAT-3DS, India’s most advanced meteorological satellite. Scheduled for lift-off on Feb 17th, 2024 aboard GSLV-F14 from Sriharikota spaceport in India , this satellite is a game-changer for weather forecasting and disaster warning. The mission is fully funded by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India.
    INSAT-3DS is not just a technological marvel; it’s a crucial tool for enhanced meteorological observations, monitoring land and ocean surfaces, and improving our disaster preparedness. Its state-of-the-art payloads, including a 6-channel Imager, 19-channel Sounder meteorology payloads, and communication features like the Data Relay Transponder (DRT) and Satellite-aided Search and Rescue (SAS&R) transponder, highlight its versatile capabilities.
    INSAT-3DS Satellite is a Third Generation Meteorological Satellite from Geostationary Orbit. It is designed for enhanced meteorological observations and monitoring of land and ocean surfaces for weather forecasting and disaster warning. The satellite will augment the Meteorological services along with the presently operational INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR satellites.
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    By leveraging better Earth observations, we can substantially bolster the effectiveness of these endeavours, ensuring more timely and accurate warnings for vulnerable communities and facilitating informed decision-making in addressing climate change challenges. 
    ISRO satellite mission for enhanced meteorological observations, monitoring land and ocean surfaces and study the effects of a changing climate for the benefit of humanity. 
    I would like to congratulate ISRO on its journey of cooperation and innovation, leveraging our collective expertise to overcome challenges and achieve our shared vision of a safer, more resilient world.
    Best wishes
    Dr Suchith Anand
    Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | AI Ethics | AI Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data and AI Ethics | Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate

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