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CIRA activities with WMO-CGMS Virtual Laboratory

The Virtual Laboratory for Training and Education in Satellite Meteorology (VLab) is a global network of specialized training centres and meteorological satellite operators working together to improve the utilisation of data and products from meteorological and environmental satellites. It was established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) in 2003. The activites here are sponsored by NOAA, the US satellite operator.

The Regional Meteorological Training Centers of Excellence (RMTCoE) are specialized satellite applications training centers designated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). CIRA has interacted with the RMTCoE in Costa Rica and Barbados since 1996 and with the newer RMTCoE in Brazil and Argentina since 2006.

The VLab CoE in Costa Rica is associated with the School of Physics at the University of Costa Rica.
The VLab CoE in Barbados is associated with the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology.
The VLab CoE in Brazil is a joint venture between the Weather Service (INMET) and the National Institute for Space Research (INPE)/Center for Weather Forecast and Climatic Studies (CPTEC)
The VLab CoE in Argentina is formed by the National Meteorological Service (SMN) and the Department of Atmosphere and Oceans Sciences (DCAO) at the University of Buenos Aires and is sponsored by the National Space Agency of Argentina (CONAE).