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Architecture: Progress & Highlights

Development of a volcanic-ash alert-system

A project was launched to develop a global operational volcanic-ash alert-system for aviation hazard avoidance. The new system should take into account atmospheric composition and thus increase the relevance of volcanic-ash alerts; For more details see the GEO Work Plan Progress Report;

Global Ocean Observing System

As of June 2010, the overall completion rate of the Global Ocean Observing System reached 62%, while the global Argo float and ship measurement components were being maintained at 100%. Sustainability of these systems depends on clearly demonstrating their value to society across Societal Benefit Areas; For more details see the GEO Work Plan Progress Report.

Multimedia dissemination system improves interoperability

CMACast was updated to a new multimedia dissemination system, thereby improving interoperability with EUMETCast and GEONETCast Americas. Calls were issued to further expand the GEONETCast broadcast footprint over the Pacific region to address the low availability of environmental information in the region; 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.

High-resolution LANDSAT tiles dissiminated via GEONETCast

High-resolution images (LANDSAT tiles) were disseminated to Africa via GEONETCast in the framework of the "International Charter on Space and Major Disasters". International Charter data was also sent to Argentina over GEONETCast Americas; For more details see the GEO Work Plan Progress Report.