By Daniel Sabiiti
Rwanda will host the 12th European Metrological Satellite (EUMETSAT) User forum in Kigali city from September 12–16, 2016.
The forum will bring together experts from around Africa, and provide opportunity to identify actions and initiatives that could be taken by EUMETSAT and its partners to meet the requirements of its African users.
The purpose of the event in Africa is to sustain the well established dialogue between EUMETSAT and its African user community, especially the national metrological services and to facilitate the use of Eumetsat satellite data through the continent, the organizers said in a statement.
John Ntaganda Semafara, the Director General of Rwanda Metrology Agency said that Rwanda is counting on the forum to learn and share experience from other countries which are hosts of the Eumetsat satellites.
“The biggest benefit for us will be to learn how the new system works on collecting data and how the satellite images works. There will be demonstrations which will help us to be update on the new system” Semafara said.
The data and products from EUMETSAT’s satellites are vital to weather forecasting and make a significant contribution to the monitoring of environment and climate change which are currently the biggest challenges of African states despite positive political will.
From 2016 onwards, EUMETSAT will exploit the Copernicus Sentinel-3 marine mission in cooperation with ESA and on behalf of the EU, and deliver data services to the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service.
The event is part of the European organisation for Exploration of Metrological Satellites which is organized every two years.
EUMETSAT currently has 30 member states in the Euro zone and operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat-8, -9, -10 and -11 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-7 over the Indian Ocean.