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WMO Technical Document 1078 “Applications with Meteorological Satellites” by Dr. W. Paul Menzel (2001). Written as a college level text book covering the application of satellite data and remote sensing.

This publication covers the basic radiation theory of remote sensing and then outlines application areas such as the derivation of atmospheric motion vectors and soundings.

An updated version (March 2005) is also enclosed.

Updated Version (March 2005)


Analysis and Use of Satellite Imagery

JMA publication of 6 chapters outlining the use of satellite imagery (English)

The publication, “Analysis and Use of Meteorological Satellite Images” has just been issued by the staff members of Analysis Division of MSC through the preparation for several years. This publication is based on the effort of the previous publications but refreshed to provide new imagery and the latest knowledge and to be used as a reference book for satellite image analysis. This publication was initially intended for the use in the Analysis Division, to improve satellite image analysis techniques, but the authors would be pleased if it can contribute to the use of satellite images in the weather forecasting operations at the meteorological and hydrological services.



This document, a WMO publication on “The Role of Satellites in WMO programmes in the 2010s” is intended to update the last comparable publication entitled: “The Role of Satellites in WMO programmes in the 1980s” by D.S. Johnson and I.P. Vetlov published in 1977. This update was prepared by three primary authors: Dr G. Asrar, Dr T. Mohr and Mr G. Withee, with assistance from additional experts as identified and recruited by the primary authors. WMO Members involved in the Consultative Meetings on High-Level Policy on Satellite Matters felt strongly that the new publication would be of great importance to WMO Members, not only to the NMHSs but also the larger communities among the Members. For example, such users would include policy decision-makers or those involved with the IPCC assessment process. It is envisioned that there will be widespread use of the new publication by many user communities as nations progress into the new century and prepare for a new set of societal and environmental challenges across the globe.

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Reports by the international satellite agencies

The meteorological community and associated environmental disciplines such as climatology including global change, hydrology and oceanography all over the world are now able to take advantage of a wealth of observational data, product and services flowing from specially equipped and highly sophisticated environmental observation satellites. An environmental observation satellite is an artificial Earth satellite providing data on the Earth system and a meteorological satellite is a type of environmental satellite providing meteorological observations. This publication outlines the Space based component of the Global Observing System and the activities of the main operational space agencies


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