Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites CGMS

In 1972 a group of satellite operators formed the Co-ordination of Geostationary Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) that would be expanded in the early 1990s to include polar-orbiting satellites and changed its name -but not its abbreviation - to the Co-ordination Group for Meteorological Satellites. The Co-ordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) provides a forum for the exchange of technical information on geostationary and polar orbiting meteorological satellite systems, such as reporting on current meteorological satellite status and future plans, telecommunication matters, operations, inter-calibration of sensors, processing algorithms, products and their validation, data transmission formats and future data transmission standards.

Since 1972, the CGMS has provided a forum in which the satellite operators have studied jointly with the WMO technical operational aspects of the global network, so as to ensure maximum efficiency and usefulness through proper coordination in the design of the satellites and in the procedures for data acquisition and dissemination.

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