13th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa
24-28 September 2018
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire


Description of the session

The preliminary programme of the 13th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa comprises an Opening Ceremony, a Technical Visit and nine 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 the access to EUMETSAT data.

The second session will focus on the programmatic and policy aspects related to Meteorological or Earth observation activities in Africa, including continental initiatives such as GFCS ACP, GMES&Africa, and SAWIDRA

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

The fourth 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 fifth 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. Further details will be provided in the second information package and on the UFA website in June 2018.

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

The ninth session will review and adopt the recommendations formulated during the Forum.
An overview of the preliminary programme is provided on the next page.

Sessions 4, 6, 7 and 8 will also be an opportunity for users in Africa to demonstrate the applications of satellite data in their daily activities, including those coming from continental initiatives such as GMES & Africa, SAWIDRA or GFCS.  These sessions are open for contributions (See the call for contributions at the end of this information package for more information).

You can download the programme overview here.