14th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa
14-16 September 2021
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania


Description of the session

The preliminary programme of the 13th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa comprises an Opening Ceremony, a Technical Visit and eight sessions.

The introductory session will present the objective of the Forum and set the scene through presentations of status of African policies and strategies related to Meteorology and Space.

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 the access to EUMETSAT data.

The second session is dedicated to roadmap of the transition in Africa towards the METEOSAT THIRD GENERATION (MTG) satellites.

The third session will concentrate on the implementation of Climate Services in Africa and on how earth observation is used to support Climate Monitoring and Services. This session will include some parallel work groups to bring further recommendations on the subject, notably on the links with the Copernicus Climate Change Service, the CGMS Climate Data Records and products of the EUEMTSAT CM-SAF.  

The fourth session will cover: (i) Training, (ii) Research and (iii) Data access. Delegates will work in sub-groups to discuss these subjects and report the next day during plenary session.

A technical visit will take place on Wednesday afternoon.

The 13th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa offers the opportunity for a technical visit which includes a visit to the Centre d’Information Géographique et du Numérique (CIGN) of the Bureau National d’Etudes Techniques et de Développement (BNETD) of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire as well as a visit to the Ébrié Lagoon near Abidjan.

The fifth session will focus on Marine Applications, focusing on the access and use of the Copernicus Sentinel-3, the OSI-SAF and the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service. 

The sixth session will concentrate on Disaster Risk Reduction and more specifically on early warning system, which are put in place at regional or national level to ease cooperation between the NMHS and the mandate regional or national disaster management authorities.

The seventh session will cover Earth Observation projects and initiatives, more specifically focussing on practical land applications (agricultural, water management and natural resources).

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

You can download the programme overview here.