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Training Course on the Use of Satellite Products for Agrometeorological Applications

by Enric Terradellas last modified Mar 18, 2013 03:53 PM
When Jun 10, 2013 09:00 AM to
Jun 14, 2013 06:00 PM
Where Accra, Ghana
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Satellite data and products play a key role into the development of agrometeorological information and into the provision of effective services on food security and enhanced food production. In particular, tropical regions could benefit better than others from rainfall estimations, vegetation development and seasonal evolution, soil moisture monitoring, changes in solar radiation due to cloudiness among other satellite products. Plants, trees, grass cover for livestock evolves according the distribution of rains and solar heating modulated by the season but also by interannual climate variations. From the beginning of the eighties, geostationary satellites over Africa have provided monitoring of clouds and an increasingly number or data and products to estimate rainfall, vegetation cover, radiation and soil properties.

Modern geostationary satellites provide a high data and product flow for a wide range of users. For the sake of resources optimization in Africa, the best monitored continent by the EUMETSAT satellites, that organization joint efforts with WMO and welcomes the support of the Ghana Meteorological Agency to organize a training course on the use of satellite products for agrometeorological applications from 12 to 16 June 2013 in Accra.

This activity belongs initially to the second component of the Project METAGRI OPERATIONEL: technical improvements and training. Main objective of this project is the provision of convenient weather and climate information for the benefit of food producers in the Western Africa rural world. Specific objective is the capacity building at the National Meteorological Services to provide more an and better products and services in agrometeorology based on the use of remote sensing data and products derived from the satellite on board instruments. That information has to be coupled with other tools as seasonal forecasts, crop models and geographical information systems.

As WMO is involved in other projects in Eastern Africa as the Severe Weather Forecast Demonstration Project where an important component is present, participation should be extended also to that region.


Specific Objectives

  • Expand the use of Land-SAF products among the african agrometeorology to enhance the benefits derived and to collect and exchange experience from that use;
  • Development of capacity building at the NMHSs in south saharian Africa in relation with vegetation status monitoring, soil moisture, rainfall estimations, radiative balance and land use;
  • Institutional cooperation reinforcement between EUMETSAT, WMO and the National Meteorological and Hydrometeorological Services of South-Saharian Africa in terms of satellite product utilisaiont and reception stations optimisation;
  • Development of the technical component of the METAGRI OPERATIONEL project and other WMO projects in Africa for a better provision of climate services in agriculture and food security.
  • Development of efective partnership with the Ghana Meteorological Agency in the use and development of agrometeorological products and services based in satellite derived information.

Expected Results

A better use of satellite products on vegetations evolution monitoring, soil moisture evaluation, radiative balance and rainfall estimations. Reports about the activity would be provided after closing the activity. It is expected an improvement into the agrometeorological bulletins by including relevant products based in satellite information as vegetation status changes or mixed satellite and ground based rainfall estimations at every participant country. A permanent dialog among EUMETSAT as data provider and the NMHS with the support of WMO as users will be establish.


This course is devoted to experts in agrometeorology in the NMHS, with special attention to the METAGRI OPERATIONAL Focal Points from the English speaking Western Africa countries. It is expected the participation of the Focal Points from The Gambia, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria and Cape Verde. Other participants from Eastern Africa NMHS participating in WMO projects would come from Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Local Organiser

The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) exists to provide efficient and reliable meteorological information by collecting, processing, archiving Analysing and dissemination of findings/meteorological information to end users.


José Camacho
Scientific Officer
Agricultural Meteorology Division
Climate and Water Department
World Meteorological Organization
7bis, Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 730 8357
Fax: +41 22 730 8042

José Prieto
Training Officer
Eumetsat-allee 1
64295 Darmstadt, Germany
Phone: +49 6151 807 5440
Fax: +49 6151 807 3040

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