Creation of a GEONETCast training channel
China (CMA) joined the USA (NOAA) and EUMETSAT in creating a GEONETCast training channel. Training was provided to GEONETCast users in Africa and Latin America e.g. through distance-learning opportunities; For more details see the GEO Work Plan Progress Report.
Large-scale distribution of CBERS data in Africa
A new CBERS (INPE) product was disseminated to Africa via GEONETCast. This can be seen as a pioneer to the larger-scale distributions of CBERS data in Africa. With regard to receiving stations, a new Memorandum of Understanding was signed with South Africa for CBERS-3. Currently 70% of the CBERS data can be ordered through the South African online catalogue. CBERS-3 is due for launch in the first quarter of 2012; For more details see the GEO Work Plan Progress Report.