Met Office joins the ISIC

An image of the Sun taken from the SOHO satellite (Courtesy: NASA/ESA)

20 February 2012 - The Met Office is pleased to announce that it has become a member of the International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC), supporting collaboration in the use of Earth Observation data and other satellite technologies.

A major focus of the Met Office activities in  ISIC will be in support of Space Weather - the influence of solar events on the earth and its surroundings.

Space weather, such as Solar Mass Ejections (SME's), affects many aspects of modern technology that we rely on every day - such as navigation and communication, power distribution, aircraft and the space based instrument operations.

Working within ISIC the Met Office, along with other partners in the UK, will help to ensure that efforts are coordinated as part of an international programme with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service that is working toward the delivery of operational space weather alerts.

Vicky Pope, Head of Integration and Growth, who is leading the Met Office partnership with ISIC said "Our membership of ISIC is an important step in ensuring that the UK makes best use of the considerable resources it has in Earth Observation to generate useful services."

"Our participation in ISIC will be building on the extensive work that the Met Office already do to exploit Earth Observation data for weather and climate monitoring. In particular we will focus on ways to improve the application of Earth Observation data in disaster risk reduction beyond weather forecasting."

As part of the partnership with ISIC the Met Office will also work with the UK facility for Climate and Environmental Monitoring from Space (CEMS) to enhance access to, and the usability of, data to provide services and ensure alignment with other Met Office initiatives.

Barbara Ghinelli, Executive Chair of ISIC said, "Our new members will bring additional capabilities which will add to our growing portfolio of services. The Met Office brings unique capability in weather and climate prediction and in translating science into operational services, strengthening the user focused dimension of our membership."

This latest partnership will make use of existing operational activities and partnerships the Met Office has through the Natural Hazard Partnership and Hazard Centre (at Exeter) combined with the satellite knowledge and access to data and facilities that ISIC has.

Last updated: 12 February 2016

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