13th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa

September 2018 - Abidjan, Ivory Coast


Note related to Eid al-Adha 2016

Pending announcement by the Rwanda Moslems Association, the Eid-Al-Adha is expected to take place on the Sunday 11 September 2016 in Rwanda. It is foreseen that the Rwanda government will declare Monday 12 September a non-working day. Consequently, the Monday programme has been lightened and now mainly consists in a Working Group session and the Technical visit. The official opening of the Forum will take place on Tuesday 13 September at 09h00.

Description of the session

The programme of the 12th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa includes a Working group session, a technical visit, an Opening Ceremony and eight plenary sessions.

The first session is dedicated to the presentation of the status of the various EUMETSAT programmes and activities: MSG, EPS, Jason, MTG, EPS-SG, SAFs. It will also include presentations related to training and access to EUMETSAT data (inc. EUMETCast).

The second session focuses on the PUMA 2015 stations, which are currently being installed in the NMHS in Africa.

The third session is dedicated to Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) satellites and programme and will allow the participant to discuss transition from MSG to MTG and benefits from MTG.

The fourth session presents the new “Satellite and Weather Information in support to Disaster Resilience in Africa” (SAWIDRA) programme. It will include presentation of the various regional component of SAWIDRA and the links with the NMHS.

The fifth session relates to green growth, climate resilience and climate services. This session combines institutional and scientific presentations, mainly related to the establishment of Climate Services.

The sixth session concentrates on the MESA project and environmental monitoring. This will include presentation of the various regional MESA activities related to Land as well as other projects and initiatives related to use of Earth observation for environment and agriculture.

The seventh session focuses on both the Copernicus programme (its data and products), and marine and lake forecasting applications. MESA “marine” thema will be presented as part of this session. .

The eighth session will review and adopt the recommendations formulated during the Forum.

The working group session include two parallel working groups: one on (i) Training and Data needs and one on (ii) EO policy and GMES&Africa. A presentation of these Working Groups will take place on Monday morning and delegates will choose which Group to attend Pre-programme of these working groups are available on the forum website.

You can download the programme overview here.

Paper & Poster submission

In order to submit a proposal for a presentation or for a poster, you are invited to fill in the dedicated Submission Form. You can download the Submission Form here

The Submission Form shall be returned to the Forum Secretariat before Friday 20 May 2014, either by Fax: +49-6151-807-615  or by email at ufa@eumetsat.int.
An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to you by the Secretariat.