The WMO Space Programme plays a crucial role in coordinating and promoting the utilization of satellites data and products to achieve maximum benefits from the Earth observation satellites for all WMO application areas in weather, water, climate and environmental services, especially in support of WMO Members that have limited resources.
This is achieved by:
- the development of the integrated space-based observing system component in the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS), involving operational and research and development (R&D) environmental satellites,
- the coordination of the satellite data processing and dissemination activities based on common standards facilitating data sharing and access,
- raising awareness on satellite capabilities and promoting education with a focus on developing countries so that Members may benefit from these and other technological innovation,
- coordinating the establishment and further development of space weather monitoring by improving warnings and preparedness against space weather hazards keeping under review allocations of radio-frequency bands to meteorological services for ground- and space-based observation systems, and
- ensuring effective cooperation with international partners in the satellite community.