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

Call for Papers

Participants to the 13th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa are invited to contribute to the Forum by sharing their experience, success stories and research results. Four specific sessions are open for contributions:
• Session 4: Climate Monitoring and Services
• Session 6: Disaster Risk Reduction
• Session 7: Marine Applications
• Session 8: Earth Observation projects and initiatives (Land)

Participants are invited to submit an abstract of their proposed contribution to the Organising Committee (ufa@eumetsat.int, subject “contribution”). Best proposed contributions will be selected for a plenary presentation (slides) or for a poster exhibition. Sponsorship to support participation of authors from Africa can be also offered.

Theme presentation: “Climate Change Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction”
The need for a worldwide monitoring of climate change and for society to adapt rapidly to the new paradigm and the related disaster risk reduction remains a top priority. Many regions in the world still need important capacities in these areas, in particular in Africa. EUMETSAT satellites and other earth observation satellites contribute significantly to the monitoring of the climate and the environment, with continuous and sustained observations, providing key information to feed this new paradigm. This 13th Forum focuses on Earth Observation research and operational applications that directly contribute to the improvement of climate monitoring and services, to information and services supporting the reduction of disaster risk, and to the support of decision making for the benefit of society, whether on the sea, rivers or land, whether related to food security, biodiversity, health or other.

Session 4: Climate Monitoring and Services
Papers for this session shall be aimed at sharing work on the use of Earth observation to support the development and operations of tools and services providing climate information. Speakers are encouraged to present here the state-of-the-art developments as well as success stories of concrete operational applications making a difference in the everyday work of decision and policy makers, connected to any fields mentioned above, including but not limited to food security, health planning, water management, disaster risk reduction and energy or tourism. Presentation that demonstrate active use in Africa of Copernicus Climate Change Services, EUMETSAT CM-SAF or other internationally available Climate Data Records, are welcome.

Session 6: Disaster Risk Reduction
With the increase of natural and humanitarian disasters, Disaster Risk Reduction has been, and still is, a major priority to reduce socio-economic vulnerabilities to disaster as well as dealing with the environmental and other hazards that trigger them.  Speakers are encourage here to present activities showing how operational use of Earth Observation provides key information in this area resulting in important impact for people. Focus will be in particular on the Early Warning systems, including the capacity of the NMHS to exploit Earth observation, and NWP model outputs to improve the information that they provide to disaster management authorities in their country.

Session 7: Marine Applications
Marine applications of Earth observation have increased a lot in the last 10 years. Speakers are encouraged here to present operational success stories that have changed the working life of people in the field and are making an impact to the society. Focus in this session will be on the applications or services making use of Earth observation data, and in particular those from the Sentinel-3 satellite, the EUMETSAT OSI-SAF, from altimetry mission (e.g. Jason) or from the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service.

Session 8: Earth Observation projects and initiatives (land)
Speakers are encourage here to present practical activities and success stories of project and initiatives throughout Africa using Earth Observation and providing key information to decision makers, particularly on the Land monitoring, included Water resources, Agriculture or other natural resources.

The Poster Exhibition

Posters are invited to present how EUMETSAT’s or other satellite‐data are used in Africa, more specifically (but not exclusively) in the themes of the three sessions highlighted above. The poster presentations will take place throughout the week of the 13th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa. The various coffee breaks and lunches will allow the attendees to visit the poster exhibition and give the authors the opportunity to explain their contribution.

Selection procedure and Calendar

The selection committee will analyse the received abstracts for posters and presentations at the specific sessions. The criteria that will be used are: the scientific relevance, the pertinence with respect to the theme, and the geographical distribution of the contributions. The duration of the specific sessions being limited, only a restricted number of presentations will be accepted. The possibility of participating in the poster exhibition will be offered to those whose proposal for presentation at the specific session was not selected.

By mid-June 2018 all authors will be informed on the outcome of the selection procedure.  Selected authors will receive further information for the preparation of their poster or presentation in the specific session.

How to Submit a Presentation or Poster

In order to submit a proposal for a presentation or for a poster, you are invited to fill in the dedicated Submission Form, attached (found on the following page of this information pack). The form can also be found on the 13th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa website https://ufa.eumetsat.int/papersubmission.aspx .

The Submission Form shall be returned to the Forum Secretariat before Friday 25 May 2018, either by Fax (+49-6151-807-6150) or by email at ufa@eumetsat.int. An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to you by the Secretariat.