15th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa
13-16 September 2022
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Technical Sessions

The Technical Sessions of the 15th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa will take place on-line on 8-9 June 2022.

Participation is upon invitation only.

The Technical Sessions will focus on data access (inc. the new PUMA and Climate stations) and training. 

Based on the success of the 14-EUFA Interactive sessions (September 2021), the 15-EUFA interactive sessions will mostly have the same concept. Therefore, the Technical sessions will last two days and will consist of one Introductory session, and 3 Technical Sessions on:

#1 Data access and training,

#2 Meteosat Third Generation in Africa with a focus on the new PUMA-202X-MTG stations

#3 Climate monitoring and services (including ClimSA programme activities) with a focus on the new Climate Stations

These sessions will allow experts from African NMHS and Regional Centers to exchange on these topics. All sessions will follow a similar scheme (but might differ slightly from each other) 

Programme overview (all time in UTC)

1st day (8 June 2022) 2nd day (9 June 2022)

08:00 - 10:00 (UTC)

#0 Introduction(60’)

Setting the scene by EUMETSAT, AUC, WMO and RAIDEG

#1 EUMETSAT data access and training (60’)

Introductory presentations

Chair: RAIDEG Chair

#2 Meteosat Third Generation and new PUMA stations

Introductory presentations

Working Groups on MTG instruments (2) and PMA stations (2) and for North Africa (1)

Chair: AUC (DARBE)

12:00 - 14:00 (UTC)

#1 EUMETSAT data access and training (Cont’d)

Working groups on data access (3), on training (3)

Chair: RAIDEG Chair

#3 Climate monitoring and new Climate station

Introductory presentation

Working group per region

Chair: OACPS

#4 Concluding remarks (15’)

Introduction Session (Plenary)       8 June 2022 - UTC: 08:00 – 09:00

The introductory sessions will set the scene for the following 3 technical presentations, by providing introductory remarks and background information. It will also ensure that all participants have technical accesses to all sessions via the Zoom environment.

Agenda: Introductory Session


Session#1: EUMETSAT data access and training     8 June 2022 - UTC: 09:00 – 14:00


This session will introduce the various systems operated by EUMETSAT to provide access to data and products. The participants will have the opportunity:

  • to be informed and discuss about the various means to access EUMETSAT data,
  • to learn more about EUMETCAST Terrestrial, Africaconnect initiative and cloud computing solution,
  • to be Informed and provide inputs to the Vlab Training Centers activities


Agenda: Session #1 - Data access and training 

09:00 (UTC): Keynote presentations (from 09:00 to 10:00)

       - Diakaria Kone (EAMAC)

       - Winifred Jordan (SAWS)

       - Sarah Kimani (IMTR)

       - Tarek Soubai (Maroc)

  • 09:50 - Q&A 
  • 10:00 - End of the presentations

  • 12:00 -  Africaconnect-3, Youssef Torman (ASREN)
  • 12:10  - Introduction to the Working Groups
  • 12:20 - Splinter sessions
  • 13:40 - Reports of the Working Groups 

      - WG#1 – Data Access (ENG-F)

      - WG#2 – Data Access (EN)

      - WG#3 – Data Access (FR)

     - WG#4 – Training (FR)

     - WG#5 – Training (EN)

     - WG#6 – Training (EN)

  • 14:00 - End of the Session


Session #2: Meteosat Third Generation and PUMA stations   9 June - UTC: 08:00 - 10:00


As the successor of the current Meteosat Second Generation (MSG), Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) will provide observation over the entire African continent on a continuous and frequent basis (every 10 minutes) for the next two decades. MTG will also substantially increase the observation spectrum providing 20 times more real- time information on fast developing high-impact weather and ocean and surface parameters such as sea surface temperature, turbidity of coastal waters, wildfires and incoming solar energy.

This interactive session will address the challenges related to the transition to MTG in Africa, collect feedbacks from the audience about priorities in terms of MTG datasets, interact with the participants on the upgrade of PUMA 2015 stations as well as inform and discuss on the characteristics and new capabilities of the main instruments of MTG.


08:00 (UTC): Keynote presentations (from 08:00 to 08:30)

  1. MTG for Africa - Katja Hungershoefer (EUMETSAT)
  2. PUMA-202X-MTG station (specifications and deployment in Africa) - Jolly Wasambo (AUC)
  • 08:30 - Splinter sessions:
  • 09:40 - Reports of the Working groups (5 min each)

- WG #1 : Transition Roadmap and New PUMA-202X-MTG stations (ENG/FR)

- WG #2 : Transition Roadmap and New PUMA-202X-MTG stations (ENG)

WG #3 :MTG-I data (FCI and LI instruments) (ENG)

WG #4 :MTG-I data (FCI and LI instruments) (FR)

- WG #5 : MTG North Africa(MTG-Up) (FR and Arabic)

  • 10:00 - End of Session


Session #3: Climate monitoring and Climate services         9 June - UTC: 12:00 - 14:00


This session is dedicated to climate services and applications within the African continent to support climate monitoring activities. It will inform and interact with stakeholders on how EUMETSAT satellite data and products could be used into the development of science-based climate services.

The aim of the splinter sessions will be to inform and to discuss with the NMHSs about the regional implementation of the Intra-ACP ClimSA programme and in particular on the deployment of the Climate Stations at regional and national levels and related building capacities activities as well as interests in testing Data Cube for Vegetation and Drought monitoring.


12:00 (UTC): Keynote presentations (15 min each):

  1. Climate Station - Christophe Lavaysse (JRC)
  2. Datacube for Drought and Vegetation monitoring - Carla  Barrosso (EUMETSAT)
  • 12:30 - Splinter sessions:  per region.
  • 13:15 - Report of the Working Group #1 to #5

- WG #1 Western Africa (ENG/FR)

- WG #2 Central Africa (FR)

WG #3 Southern Africa (ENG) and Indian Ocean

WG #4 Eastern Africa (ENG)

WG #5 North Africa (Arabic/ENG)

  • 13:45 - Concluding remarks
  • 14:00 - End of Session