International Meteorological Satellite Systems

  • Sergio Camacho-Lara
  • Scott Madry
  • Joseph N. Pelton
Living reference work entry


The oldest and most extensive meteorological satellite systems are those of the USA and of Europe, as operated by the Eumetsat system. These are addressed in detail in the preceding two chapters. This chapter describes the meteorological satellite systems of China, India, Japan, Russia, and South Korea. These meteorological satellite systems are extensive and provide a number of sophisticated meteorological satellite sensing capabilities both from geostationary and polar-orbiting satellite systems. Today all of these various satellite systems – those of China, Europe, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the USA – are in various manners linked together and share data. This international coordination of meteorological data is accomplished through the World Weather Watch (WWW) programme of the World Meteorological Organization and the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS).

These international cooperative efforts – supplemented by bilateral or regional agreements – allow a degree of standardization with regard to the formatting and display of meteorological data and a systematic process for sharing of vital weather data. This sharing of meteorological data is important on an ongoing basis – but this can be particularly important – when there is a failure of a meteorological satellite, a launch failure, or a delay in the deployment of a replacement satellite. In some cases, countries such as the USA have even “loaned” meteorological satellites to other countries when failures or launch delays have created gaps in critical coverage areas.

The various international satellites around the world that are deployed in different orbital locations and with varying periodicity provide a very useful redundancy of coverage that is particularly important in tracking major storms and obtaining the most up-to-date information of atmospheric, oceanic, and of arctic conditions.

This chapter provides a description of the meteorological satellite systems of China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Russia and their current status. Researchers can also consult the various universal reference locations (i.e., URLs) for these various meteorological satellite systems which can be useful in obtaining the more recent information about the deployment and operation of these systems.


China Meteorological Administration (CMA) Geostationary Operational Meteorological Satellite (GOMS) Elektro Satellites of Russia Fengyun Meteorological Satellite System of China INSAT System of India Himawari System of Japan Japanese Geostationary Meteorological Satellite (GMS) Systems Communications, Ocean, and Meteorological Satellite (COMS) of South Korea Meteor Satellites of Russia MTSAT of Japan World Meteorological Organization (WMO) World Weather Watch (WWW) 


  1. Aqua Satellite by Nasa (2016), Accessed 31 Mar, 2016
  2. Elektro-L – (2011), Last Accessed 31 Mar 2016
  3. ERS – European Remote Sensing satellites (2006), Last accessed 31 Mar 2016
  4. Fenyun 3, 2nd Generation Polar-Orbiting Meteorological Satellite Series (2010), Last accessed 32 Mar 2016
  5. Fenyun Data Center (translated from Chinese) (2016), Last accessed 31 Mar 2016
  6. Global Observing System (GOS), World Meteorological Organization (2016), Last accessed 31 Mar 2016


  1. Introduction of COMS (Communications, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite) of South Korea (2010), Last accessed 31 Mar 2016
  2. JMA/MSC: Himawari-8/9 Last accessed June 24, 2016
  3. Listing of ISRO Satellites (2015), Last accessed Dec 2015
  4. Meteor-M1 – (2011), Last accessed 31 Mar 2016
  5. Meteorological System with the Geostationary Operational Meteorological Satellite. ELECTRO GOMS (1994), Last accessed 31 Mar 2016
  6. National Satellite Meteorological Center of CMA FENGYUN,
  7. Russia launches new weather watcher (2014), Last accessed 31 Mar 2016
  8. Russia to have five weather satellites by 2013, Moscow, RIA Novosti, 20 Oct 2008, pp. 1–2, and Last accessed 31 Mar 2016
  9. The Mission of the Japanese Meteorological Agency (2016), Last accessed 31 Mar 2016
  10. World Weather Watch, World Meteorological Organization (2015), Last accessed 31 Mar 2016

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergio Camacho-Lara
    • 1
  • Scott Madry
    • 3
  • Joseph N. Pelton
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro Regional de Enseñanza de Ciencia y Tecnología del Espacio para América Latina y el Caribe (CRECTEALC)TonantzintlaMexico
  2. 2.International Space UniversityArlingtonUSA
  3. 3.International Space UniversityChapel HillUSA

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