Conclusions

Recent developments in remote sensing and GIS hold much promise to enhance integrated management of all available information and the extraction of desired information to promote sustainable agriculture and development. Active promotion of the use of remote sensing and GIS in the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), could enhance improved agrometeorological applications. To this end it is important to reinforce training in these new fields. The promotion of new specialised software should make the applications of the various devices easier, bearing in mind the possible combination of several types of inputs such as data coming from standard networks, radar and satellites, meteorological and climatological models, digital cartography and crop models based on the scientific acquisition of the last twenty years. International cooperation is crucial to promote the much needed applications in the developing countries and the WMO Space Programme actively promotes such cooperation throughout all WMO Programmes and provides guidance to these and other multi-sponsored programmes on the potential of remote sensing techniques in meteorology, hydrology and related disciplines, as well as in their applications. The new WMO Space Programme will further enhance both external and internal coordination necessary to maximize the exploitation of the space-based component of the GOS to provide valuable satellite data, products and services to WMO Members towards meeting observational data requirements for WMO programmes more so than ever before in the history of the World Weather Watch.

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