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Overview of the Water Vapour Monitoring Service

The Water Vapour Monitoring Service (WVMS) created in 2012, aims to provide NRT and ARCHIVE world images/data from different satellites techniques (polar orbiting satellites and ground-based GNSS stations).
This project of the Solar-Terrestrial Centre of excellence (STCE) is concerned with developing new approach to study the climate using the synergy between different techniques.
Financier: Solar-Terrestrial Centre of excellence (STCE)            ESA observing the Earth

WVMS home page

Related projects to WVMS

Activities of WVMS are closely related to the GNSS4SWEC (Advanced Global Navigation Satellite Systems tropospheric products for monitoring severe weather events and climate) COST Action ES1206 (2013-2017).
This Action addresses new and improved capabilities from concurrent developments in both the GNSS and meteorological communities and stimulates knowledge transfer and data sharing throughout Europe.

Financier: ESSEM COST
GNSS4SWEC
Since 1994, the International GNSS Service (IGS) is a scientific service of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG). It is committed to provide the highest quality data and products as the standard for global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) in support of Earth science research, multi-disciplinary applications and education.

Financier: International Association of Geodesy (IAG)
IGS home page
The EIG GNSS water vapour programme (E-GVAP) was set up, in April 2005, to provide its EUMETNET members with European GNSS delay and water vapour estimates for operational meteorology in near real-time.

Financier: EUMETNET

E-GVAP home page
The HYdrological cycle in the Mediterranean EXperiment (2010-2020) aims at a better understanding and quantification of the hydrological cycle and related processes in the Mediterranean, with emphasis on high-impact weather events, inter-annual to decadal variability of the Mediterranean coupled system, and associated trends in the context of global change.

Financier: INSU / CNRS, CNRM / Météo France

HyMeX Home Page

The Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (1990-2012) is an integrated program of research, observations, and science activities ultimately leading to the prediction of global and regional climate change.
This core project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) is concerned with studying the dynamics and thermodynamics of the atmosphere and interactions with the Earth's surface.

Financier: World Meteorological Organization (WMO)



GEWEX home page
WVMS activies are linked to the Satellite Application Facility on Climate Monitoring (CM SAF) project (2007-2012) which focus on key aspects of the Earth's atmospheric water and energy cycles including humidity (water vapour) in the atmosphere.

Financier: EUMETSAT
CM SAF Home Page
The main objective of GlobVapour project (2009-2012) was to provide long-term coherent water vapour data sets exploiting the synergic capabilities of different EO (ESA and non-ESA) missions allowing for improved accuracies and enhanced temporal and spatial sampling better than those provided by the single sources.

Financier: European Space Agency (ESA)
globVapour Home Page
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Last update on 26 Aug 2014