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The World Meteorological Organization: China is becoming a world leader in the fields of meteorological satellites
By Liu Qu of Xinhua News Agency in Geneva on June 13 - The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Petteri Taalas, expressed on June 13 that China is becoming a world leader in meteorological services and meteorological satellites technologies, and he hoped China’s meteorological services could benefit more countries in the world under the B&R framework.
On June 13, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and WMO jointly held the introduction conference about how Fengyun Meteorological Satellites support the meteorological cooperation along B&R. Taalas thanked China for its long-term supports for WMO and the considerable work China has done to improve the global meteorological services.
In the Conference, Taalas introduced that the Nanjing University of China has trained a large number of meteorological experts for other member countries of WMO, especially those African countries. China also assisted in the construction of meteorological infrastructures for many African countries so as to improve their ability to provide meteorological services, such as the data and system service of meteorological satellites. He expected that in the future, China could provide more kinds of meteorological services for global countries under the B&R framework, especially those African countries and island countries.
The CMA Administrator, Liu Yamin, introduced in the conference that the international application services of Fengyun Meteorological Satellites is an important part of B&R meteorological cooperation. China has taken a series of pragmatic measures, including moving Fengyun 2-H Satellite towards west to longitude 79 degrees east, establishing the emergency support mechanism for international users of Fengyun Meteorological Satellites in disaster prevention and mitigation, organizing training sessions for satellites technology application, etc. These measures not only improve the capabilities of country users alongside the B&R in data acquiring and application from Fengyun Satellites, but also advance the abilities of disaster prevention and mitigation in this region.
Liu Yamin added that in 2018 China established the emergency support mechanism for international users of Fengyun Meteorological Satellites in disaster prevention and mitigation, and provided regional intensive observation services for users of Fengyun Meteorological Satellites as required. Currently, registered users include the Philippines, Myanmar, Maldives, Iran, Algeria, Mozambique, etc. China is willing to provide meteorological services of Fengyun Satellites to all parties, and continue to contribute to the plans and activities of WMO within its ability.
At present, China has successfully launched 17 Fengyun Meteorological Satellites, 8 of which operate stably in orbit and are included in the global operational meteorological satellites series by WMO, and become an important part of the global integrated earth observation system. They also serve as the satellites on duty under the International Charter on “Space and Major Disaster”, contribute to the disaster prevention and mitigation, development of economy and society for hundreds of countries and regions in the world.