The Sixth Asia/Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users' Conference
9 – 13 November 2015, Tokyo/Japan


09 August 2016
7th conference in Korea
20 January 2016
Tokyo statement uploaded
22 December 2015
Summary uploaded
20 November 2015
Presentations uploaded
6 November 2015
5 November 2015
Floor information uploaded
30 October 2015
Presentation schedule
20 October 2015
Presenter guidelines
18 September 2015
18 August 2015
Second announcement
6 June 2015
Venue decided
12 March 2015
First announcement
18 February 2015
Website launched

Host and Co-sponsors

Hosted by
   Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
Co-sponsored by
   China Meteorological Administration (CMA)
   Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA)
   Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (ROSHYDROMET)
   Australian Bureau of Meteorology (AuBoM)
   World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
   Group on Earth Observations (GEO)


Kotaro BESSHO (Mr)
Meteorological Satellite Center
Japan Meteorological Agency
3-235 Nakakiyoto Kiyose
Tokyo 204-0012, Japan
E-mail adress was discontinued.

The Sixth Asia/Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users' Conference will be held from 9 to 13 November 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.


The Asia and Oceania regions are frequently affected by severe natural phenomena such as tropical cyclones, torrential monsoons, volcanic eruptions, yellow sand storms, floods, sea ice and wildfires. The importance of monitoring the climate and the environment is also increasing, which has prompted enhanced global interest in the field. In this area, meteorological and earth observation satellites provide frequent and extensive observational information for use in disaster prevention and climate monitoring/diagnostics, and are indispensable in today's world.

The history of meteorological satellites over Asia and Oceania began with Japan's launch of the Geostationary Meteorological Satellite (GMS) in 1977. Now, China, Europe, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States all operate meteorological and climate monitoring satellites over Asia and Oceania as part of the Global Observing System (GOS) promoted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which contributes to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) coordinated by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO).

As a pioneer in the field of next-generation geostationary meteorological satellites, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) successfully launched its Himawari-8 satellite on 7 October 2014. Himawari-8 is located at 140.7 degrees east, and will observe the East Asia and Western Pacific regions as a successor to the MTSAT-2 satellite from the middle of 2015. The unit features the new Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI) with significantly improved specifications including 16 bands and higher temporal/spatial resolutions than ever before. Observation data from Himawari-8 are expected to bring unprecedented levels of performance for severe weather observation and for climate monitoring in the Asia and Oceania regions.

The year 2015 marks the start of a new era in the history of meteorological satellites with the launch of Himawari-8. Against such a background, the sixth Asia/Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users' Conference will be held in Tokyo, Japan to further enhance exchanges on application techniques among satellite data users, to advance satellite observation technologies, and to promote synergetic development related to meteorological satellites. The event follows on from the successful first round of conferences hosted by China, Japan, Korea and Australia and the beginning of the second round in China last year.