I would like to begin by congratulating Dr Denis Kiselev from Plair SA on winning the 2016 HMEI Award for Young Engineers for his work ‘Mastering a Measurement Device and Methods for the Detection of Airborne Particles’.

Many of you would recall our initiative on Capacity Development through the HMEI led Tender Specifications Initiative. Our goal is to create a useful tool to assist WMO Members, in particular from developing and least developed countries, in developing their tender documentation populated with vendor neutral specification from CIMO Guide-8. I am very pleased to be able to share with you that the initial stage of the first phase has commenced with a kick-off meeting attended by HMEI and WMO experts in Geneva this past June. I should specifically mention that HMEI has successfully concluded a contract with the World Bank to support this project.

Following the successful kick-off meeting, we recently held the third session of the Higher Level Consultative Meeting (HLCM-3) with management of WMO during the WMO Executive Council (EC-68). We were very pleased to have the WMO President, Mr David Grimes, and Secretary General of WMO, Prof Petteri Taalas, along with other WMO experts, attend this meeting as it emphasizes the importance with which WMO places the Association and the hydro-meteorological industry/enterprise. During this meeting it was decided to conclude a special agreement between WMO and HMEI with the goal to support current and future activities related to the Tender Specifications Initiative.

Looking forward, I hope to see many of you September in Madrid, Spain for the next Meteorological Technology World Expo to be held in conjunction with the major session of the WMO Technical Conference on Meteorological and Environmental Instruments and Methods of Observation (TECO-2016). HMEI as an Observer Member of WMO is invited to attend all sessions of TECO-2016 and as such, HMEI Members are also able to register to attend as HMEI Representatives.

During the above exhibition, HMEI will be holding the 18th Session of our General Assembly on 28th September. This will be an important meeting for our Association and I hope that many of our fellow members will join me in attendance as there will be an election held to fill a Council position, discussion our initiative and the award of the Young Engineers prize.

Yours sincerely,
Brian Day
Chairman, HMEI

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HMEI welcomes the following New Members who have joined recently:

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Amherst, MA 01002-1098
Email: info@prosensing.com
Website: www.prosensing.com

ProSensing is a systems engineering firm specializing in custom-built radar and radiometer systems for a wide range of environmental remote sensing applications. ProSensing has a highly qualified technical staff, with expertise in electromagnetic scattering and propagation, microwave systems, antenna design, radiometric techniques, radar oceanography, radar meteorology, high speed data acquisition, and digital signal processing. Our customers include government research agencies, university research groups, and large corporations in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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Lanham, MD 20706
Email: info@micropulselidar.com
Website: http://www.sigmaspace.com and http://www.micropulselidar.com

Sigma Space Corp. is the premier company for atmospheric remote sensing. At Sigma Space we have created pioneering aerospace technology solutions and next-generation instruments to help scientists, meteorologists and environmental agencies understand the dynamic structures of the atmosphere from ground-based and airborne stations.

Today, Sigma Space remote sensing tools are used on land, in the air and in space for:
• Atmospheric research – studying the physics of clouds, measuring the planetary boundary layer and using that data to improve forecasting models
• Air traffic support – detecting plumes of volcanic ash and providing vital air traffic support information
• Industrial plume tracking – detecting and tracking dust plume propagation and transport
• Air quality – monitoring, forecasting, safety and enforcement for municipalities
• Wind speed –wind speed detection and tracking using our clear air wind LiDAR technology (no aerosols required)

Agencies like the U.S. Navy, NASA, NOAA, the EPA, and the U.S. Department of Energy have been turning to Sigma Space since 1998. When it has to be right the expertise and quality that Sigma Space brings to bear are unsurpassed.

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It has been an interesting three months since the last HMEI Newsletter and there are a number of items to report:

1. HMEI Award for Young Engineers 2016
We are pleased to announce that Dr Denis Kiselev from Plair has been declared the winner of this year’s HMEI Award for Young Engineers. A distinguished panel of judges drawn from industry and the World Meteorological Organisation undertook the selection process. They commented on the high quality of all candidates and thanked them for their participation. The Award will be presented at the HMEI General Assembly during Meteorological Technology World Expo. The prize consists of a medal, certificate and cash award of 3,000 Swiss Francs.

2. Third Session of the WMO-HMEI High Level Consultative Meeting (HLCM-3)
A very successful HLCM-3 was held at WMO during EC-68. The meeting was attended by the President and Secretary General of WMO, along with senior staff of the WMO Secretariat. The major outcome was the approval of the initiation of the Tender Specification Project and an agreement to draw up a Memorandum of Understanding between WMO and HMEI aiming to accomplish joint activities for this in the future.

3. Kick-off meeting for Tender Specification Project
A kick-off meeting to discuss the results of the first phase of the Tender Specification Project, including the documentation and the web tool for the AWS was recently held in Geneva, Switzerland from the 7 to 10 June. The meeting was attended by the HMEI Chair, Brian Day, Council members Foeke Kuik and Gerhard Pevny, HMEI Executive Secretary Alexander Karpov and senior experts from the WMO Secretariat. The meeting acknowledged the conclusion of the contract between HMEI and the World Bank which from now on provides the financial support for the implementation of the project.

4. Eighteenth Session of the HMEI General Assembly (GA-18)
Preparations are underway for the next session of the HMEI General Assembly. This will be held during Meteorological Technology World Expo in Madrid on 28 September. The agenda and accompanying documents will be posted on the HMEI website as soon as they become available and also shared via email. All members are invited to attend.

5. HMEI proud to partner with Polar Challenge
HMEI is proud to announce our affiliation as an Industry Partner with the ‘World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2) Polar Challenge’ to push the boundaries of polar ocean monitoring capabilities.

This global competition includes a total Prize money award of CHF 500,000 (Swiss francs) to the first team completing a 2,000 km continuous mission with an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) under the sea ice in the Arctic or Antarctic.

For further details about the polar challenge: http://www.wcrp-climate.org/polarchallenge .

6. HMEI 2016 Membership contributions
Invoices for the 2016 membership contributions were emailed to members during the month of November. We would like to remind all members that membership contributions were due as of 1 January 2016. To avoid any interruptions in service, we would kindly request prompt payment. Please contact the Secretariat if you have any queries: hmei@wmo.int

To members who are intending or have registered to exhibit at Meteorological Technology World Expo 2016 are reminded that only current financial members are eligible for the 10% discount on their stand.

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World Weather Information Service

This global web site presents OFFICIAL weather observations, weather forecasts and climatological information for selected cities supplied by National Meteorological & Hydrological Services (NMHSs) worldwide. The NMHSs make official weather observations in their respective countries. Links to their official weather service web sites and tourism board/organization are also provided whenever available. Weather icons are shown alongside worded forecasts in this version to facilitate visual inspection.

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Source: www.wmo.int

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208 notices of tenders, projects, procurement news and contracts awards from our tender information provider were sent to members during the last quarter.

Please contact the HMEI Secretariat at hmei@wmo.int if you require any further information about this service to members

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DRAFT REPORT – Four Year Plan for WMO Activities related to Space Weather 2016-2019, 9 June, 2016

The activities under this plan are aligned with the WMO Strategic Plan; a working structure is designed to integrate space weather related efforts within core WMO Programmes, and an estimation is provided of the required resources and expected benefits.

As a result of this planned effort, space-based and ground-based space weather observing systems will be better coordinated; consistent, quality-assured space weather products will be available to all Members through WIS; and, in particular, space weather services for civil aviation will be addressed as required by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The proposed high-level organization is expected to facilitate the effective coordination with initiatives external to WMO and to enable the long-term improvement of space weather service capabilities.

Click here for the draft report in:

English – French – Chinese – Arabic – Russian – Spanish 

FINAL REPORT – The Regional Basic Observing Network Workshop, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 – 20 May 2016
Outlining the rational for moving from the current RBCN and RBSN to RBON the main goal of the meeting was to finalize the concept of RBON which will be submitted to CBS-16 together with the draft RBON relevant technical regulations for the next edition of the Manual on WIGOS.

In addition, the workshop noted that a subsequent step was planned for analysis and redesign of the RBON to also take into consideration the inclusion of new ground based observing systems such as weather radars, wind profiler systems, existing buoys, ships and aircraft. The network re-design would be “coordinated with satellite observations”. As an example, the upper-air network redesign study was outlined, which identified how many fewer radiosondes needed to be flown given the availability of AMDAR profiles once operational humidity measurements are routinely available from aircraft.

FINAL REPORT – Forty-third session of WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC), New Delhi, India, 2 – 6 May 2016

The Session aimed to improve tropical cyclone monitoring, prediction and warning systems as well as multi-hazard early warning systems over the North Indian Ocean including Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea region for effective disaster management. The session also aimed at exploring sources of technical and financial support and sharing knowledge and experience among member countries.

MEMBER REPORT – Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper-Air Network annual meeting, ICM-8, Boulder, USA, 25-29 April, 2016

Our thanks go to Mr Hannu Jauhiainen, Vaisala Oyj, Finland for his report on the meeting.

The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper-Air Network annual meeting, ICM-8, was held in Boulder, Colorado, USA, 25th April – 29th April 2016. The meeting was hosted by GRUAN Lead Center, GCOS Secretariat, NOAA-ERSL, and financially by U.S. GCOS Program Office at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and NOAA Office Global Programs.

The theme of the meeting was RS92 change management and instrument technical documentation. In the meeting the progress on instrument technical documents and associated data products were reviewed, related to the new radiosonde types to GRUAN, Lidar, MWR, GNSS-PW, Ozone, and FTIR.

Discussion of the topics raised by the Task Team reports for the teams for Radiosonde, GNSS-PW, Scheduling, Ancillary Measurements and Sites was held. Presentations were given related to GRUAN’s connections with partner communities and stakeholders such as NDACC, MeteoMet, WIGOS, GUAN, GNSS-RO, WMO, and radiosonde manufacturers. On the day of the site visit, the meeting participants had an opportunity to observe a balloon launch at the Marshall Field site. The tour also included a visit to the NOAA Building and NCAR Research Aviation Facility. To conclude, GRUAN work plan for 2016/2017 was agreed on.

Meeting material can be found by clicking here 

FINAL REPORT – Thirty-eighth session of the WMO Regional Association (RA) IV (North America and Caribbean) Hurricane Committee, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 23 – 26 April, 2016

The Committee seeks to improve tropical cyclone prediction and coordination in the Region by bringing Members together on an annual basis to address issues such as data collection requirements, operational and technical coordination, research priorities and transition to operations, forecast practices and procedures, outreach, and training.

FINAL REPORT – The Ninth Session of the CBS, Open Programme Area Group on Integrated Observing Systems (OPAG-IOS), Implementation-Coordination Team on Integrated Observing System (ICT-IOS), Geneva, Switzerland, 18-21 April 2016

The primary focus of this team meeting was for the various expert teams and rapporteurs to provide their reports of progress on their work plans and activities over the inter-sessional period to the session. The session also received reports from experts, regional representatives and focal points on the status of the various observing system components of WIGOS and the GOS and the results of monitoring of these systems and networks.

Another high priority focus for the session was the consolidation of plans to develop the Vision for WIGOS for 2040 and, in particular to develop plans and a roadmap for the surfacebased component of WIGOS, building on and later to be harmonized with the work that had already been commenced by the space community in developing a draft of the Vision for the space-based component of WIGOS.

FINAL REPORT – The Second Meeting of the Inter Programme Expert Team on Observing System Design and Evolution (IPET-OSDE) of the Open Programme Area Group for Integrated Observing Systems (OPAG-IOS) of the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS), Geneva, Switzerland, 11 – 14 April 2016

The Team received an update on several activities related to its work, and particularly from the WMO-IOC-UNEP-ICSU Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), and the Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW). The Team took note of the development of the new GCOS Implementation Plan, and invited the Team members to provide comments on the draft GCOSIP as part of the limited review (June 2016) or the public review (July 2016).

As part of the Rolling Review of Requirements (RRR) process, the Team reviewed the status of the WMO database of observational user requirements and observing systems capabilities, which has been integrated into the Observing System Capability Analysis and Review tool (OSCAR). Also in the context of RRR, the Team reviewed the status of the Statements of Guidance (SoGs) for WMO Application Areas.

The Team discussed development of the Vision for WIGOS component observing systems in 2040, including its role in such development. The Team considered progress to develop a Vision for the space-based component of global observing systems in 2040 (“Vision 2040 Space”), together with planning for developing the surface-based component of the Vision. In particular, the Team agreed that there is a clear need for an updated Vision for surface-based observing systems (Surface Vision). The Team decided to establish an IPET-OSDE sub-group for drafting the Surface Vision. The Team agreed that the core members of the sub-group should meet in September 2016 to develop a first draft of the Surface Vision. It was proposed that a draft Vision to integrate both Surface and Space Visions should be developed during 2017. The Team also agreed that the draft Surface Vision should be submitted to CBS-16. The ICT-IOS would discuss and agree on the roadmap for developing the integrated (surface plus space) Vision.

Best Practices for Achieving User Readiness for New Meteorological Satellites Reference User Readiness Project, 29 March, 2016

Nearly all geostationary meteorological satellite systems in the world are replaced by a new generation in the 2015-2020 timeframe, by Japan, China, the United States of America, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and EUMETSAT. The new generation satellites will carry advanced imagers providing at least 16 spectral channels (14 channels only for the FY-4 series, but supplemented by an interferometric sounder) and flexible rapid-scan capabilities, with additional innovative payloads, such as lightning mappers, for some of the programmes (see Table 1). Other new-generation systems will be deployed in polar orbit and other orbit types in the coming decade.

The current document presents, in an integrated manner, Best Practices for User Readiness Projects performed by user organisations (e.g. NHMSs) as well as for satellite development programmes in support to user readiness. The document contains definitions of, and a timeline for, deliverables that should be made available by the satellite development programmes to user readiness projects.

Polar Space Task Group ‐ Synthetic Aperture Radar Coordination Working Group (SAR CWG) Three Year Implementation Plan, 24 March, 2016

One of the major successes of the International Polar Year (IPY) in 2007‐2008 was the unprecedented amount of high‐resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite imagery collected over the polar regions and the high quality data products that have since been generated. This outstanding accomplishment relied on a well‐coordinated effort on the part of several space agencies, satellite operators and the science community.

Building on the successful International Polar Year Space Task Group (IPY‐STG) SAR Coordination
Working Group, and in order to fulfill the need for inter‐Agency mission acquisition planning and to carry out implementation actions at agency level, the Polar Space Task Group (PSTG) has reenacted the SAR Coordination Working Group with the aim to provide coordination across space agencies with SAR missions, to facilitate acquisition and distribution of fundamental SAR satellite datasets, and to contribute to or support development of specific derived products in support of cryospheric scientific research and applications.

One of the major mandates of the SAR CWG is to maintain constant dialogue with private sector data provider partners through the involvement of the space agency members.

MINUTES of the 2016 Annual Global Space-based Inter-Calibration System (GSICS) Joint Working Groups Meeting, Tsukuba, Japan, 29 February – 4 March 2016

FINAL REPORT – Second Session of the Inter-Programme Expert Team on Satellite Utilization and Products (IPET-SUP, formerly ET-SUP), Geneva, Switzerland, 23-26 February 2016.

The primary objective of the session was to advance the work programme defined by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) as concerns in particular the promotion of access and use of satellite data by WMO Members in support of all WMO programmes and WMO co-sponsored programmes.

During its session, the Team discussed: global and regional data exchange issues; technical and programmatic aspects of satellite data distribution and access; simplifying the use of data formats by using data conversion tools; satellite data performance monitoring in the context of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS); Sustained Coordinated Processing of Environmental Satellite Data (SCOPE) mechanisms for consistent satellite product generation; user preparation activities for the new generation of satellites; training and education through the WMO-Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) Virtual Laboratory for Education and Training in Satellite Meteorology (VLab).

FINAL REPORT – Sixteenth meeting of the CBS Management Group, Geneva, Switzerland, 15 – 19 February 2016

CBS Management Group agreed the dates of CBS-16 to be 23 to 29 November 2016, with an associated Technical Conference on 21 and 22 November 2016. The Secretariat was working with the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) to make the arrangements following an offer from China to host the session in Guangzhou. CBS Management Group agreed a draft agenda for CBS-16, and decided that the topic of the TECO would be “Emerging Trends in Information and its Use.” There would be a call for papers for the TECO. It also considered recommendations to EC-68 to form task teams to address specific issues.

Click here for the index to the reports and then click on the report

FINAL REPORT – Thirteenth Session of the Consultative Meetings on High-Level Policy on Satellite Matters, Geneva, Switzerland, 28-29 January 2016

The following topics were discussed during the session:

(i) Development of a Vision for the WIGOS Space-based Component Systems in 2040.
The 2040 Vision of the WIGOS space-based component systems is intended to provide a shared, high-level goal to guide the efforts of WMO Member states in the evolution of satellite-based observing systems supporting all WMO application areas. Development of the Vision started in 2015; a first draft would be submitted to CBS-16 (2016), for ultimate endorsement by Cg-18 (2019).

(ii) Data exchange policies
This topic is receiving increasing attention in light of the potential prospect of basic meteorological space-based (and other) observing systems operated for commercial purposes. While WMO Resolution 40 remains in force, Cg-17 adopted Resolution 60 on the WMO policy for the international exchange of climate data and products to support implementation of the GFCS. Practices of data exchange and sharing in the USA and Europe will be shared, for discussion.

(iii) Architecture for Climate Monitoring from Space.

This topic is of particular importance in the context of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), noting the increasing role of space-based observation in climate monitoring, and the need to ensure the sustained generation of satellite-based climate data records within the Architecture for Climate Monitoring from Space. The status of GFCS and GCOS requirements, and the new work plan of the CEOS-CGMS Working Group on Climate will be presented. This topic is even more important in a post-COP-21 environment.

FINAL REPORT – Fifth Session of the Inter-Commission Coordination Group on the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (ICG-WIGOS-5), Geneva, Switzerland, 25 – 28 January 2016
ICG-WIGOS reviewed the progress towards the implementation of WIGOS achieved by the Technical Commissions (TCs) and the Regional Associations (RAs). Further, it reviewed outcomes from ICG-WIGOS Task Team meetings, and WIGOS-relevant workshops. In this regard, ICG-WIGOS expressed its appreciation of the progress achieved and thanked all involved experts and contributors.

ICG-WIGOS further discussed the progress made in the five key priority areas established by Cg-17 for the WIGOS Pre-operational Phase (2016-2019), including the concept development for Regional WIGOS Centres. Based on its deliberations, ICG-WIGOS formulated its recommendations on a further elaboration of the draft Plan for the WIGOS Pre-operational Phase (PWPP) to be submitted to EC-68 for approval.

Finally, ICG-WIGOS considered its future working structure and developed its Future Work Programme and Action Plan.

FINAL REPORT – Satellite Data Requirements for RA III (South America) and RA IV (North & Central America and Caribbean) – Report on 2015 Survey, 2016

This document presents the survey report of the 2015 Satellite Data User Survey for Regions III and IV, carried out under the auspices of the WMO Coordination Group on Satellite Data User Requirements in Regions III and IV.

The main goal of this survey was to have information to establish a strategy plan to improve satellite utilization in the region, taking into account the new satellite generation, the potential use of the GEONETCast-Americas and the discontinuation of the EUMETCast-Americas data services in the Region.

The survey result shows a clear picture of the needs of the region and provides valuable input to the Satellite Data Requirements and to NOAA for preparing a strategy plan for satellite data dissemination in RA III/IV, in light of the new satellite generation (e.g., GOES-R). For instance, according to the survey, 68% of the responding institutions receive satellite data-products by internet. Based on the total amount of data generated by the future satellite generation, this data access pathway could be a limitation unless specific action be is taken to allow the continuity of the service.

FINAL REPORT – Second WIGOS Workshop on Quality Monitoring (QM) and Incident Management (IM), Geneva, Switzerland, 15 – 17 December 2015

The Workshop noted the current monitoring capabilities by the lead centres in various WMO Regions, reported by Kenya, Japan, USA, Indonesia, Germany, Canada and Tanzania and was also informed about the development of NWP based monitoring capabilities, as reported by ECMWF, NCEP and EUMETNET. The Workshop also received reports relating to the monitoring practices of other WIGOS component systems, including GCOS, JCOMMOPS, GAW and AMDAR.

Further to the Quality Monitoring function and the Incident Management function, the additional function of Quality Evaluation was identified as an important component of the WIGOS Data Quality Monitoring System (WDQMS). This function involves the analysis and assessment of quality monitoring results and other information relevant to the performance of the observing networks and provides key information to the Incident Management system on observing system quality issues. The functional requirements, design and potential resource requirements for each of the three WDQMS components were more fully described and documented.

It was agreed that, during 2016 the focus would remain on establishing the WDQMS functionality to support improvements to the land based components of the GOS, noting the need that the design should ensure extensibility to the requirements of other component observing systems of WIGOS in the future.

FINAL REPORT – Meeting of the Commission for Basic Systems Open Programme Area Group on Public Weather Services (PWS) Implementation / Coordination Team on PWS (CBS/OPAG-PWS ICT/PWS), Dublin, Republic of Ireland, 7 – 11 December 2015

Matters of particular note for discussion during the meeting including consideration of the following:
(a) The WMO Strategy for Service Delivery and its Implementation Plan;
(b) Linkages with the User Interface Platforms of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS);
(c) Impact-based forecasts and warnings services;
(d) Application of technologies to PWS delivery;
(e) The issues and challenges surrounding Big Data;
(f) Assessment of the Social and Economic Benefits of Met/Hydro services;
(g) Communication aspects of PWS;
(h) Application of the Competency Assessment framework within PWS;
(i) Provision of decision support to Humanitarian Agencies;
(j) A future vision for national PWS Delivery.

FINAL REPORT – The WMO RA IV (North America, Central America and Caribbean) WIGOS Workshop (English-speaking countries), Willemstad, Curacao, 1 – 3 December 2015

Based on the presentations delivered by invited speakers and follow-up discussions, the participants formulated their recommendations for actions.

FINAL REPORT – Recommendations of the Fourth Capacity Building Workshop of the Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) for the North Pacific Ocean and its Marginal Seas (NPOMS-4), Busan, Republic of Korea, 2-4 November 2015

A series of key discussions and recommendations were made on the workshop’s theme, Application of Regional Ocean Observations for Increasing Society’s Understanding and Forecasting of Typhoons.

FINAL REPORT – The WMO RA I (Africa) Workshop on WIGOS (English-speaking countries), Walvis Bay, Namibia, 2 – 4 November 2015

There were four main purposes of the Workshop: (a) to brief participants about the activities planned for the WIGOS Pre-operational Phase; (b) to advise them on WIGOS implementation at the regional and national levels; (c) to consider a way forward in the regional planning efforts for WIGOS; and (d) to develop recommendations for AMCOMET-4 in 2016, so that WIGOS receives also the political support that is absolutely vital for its success

DRAFT FINAL REPORT – Fourth session of the Task Team on WIGOS Metadata (TT-WMD-4), Alanya, Turkey, 20 – 23 October 2015

The session reviewed the latest version of the OSCAR/Surface (OSCAR is the WMO
Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review tool and OSCAR/Surface is the OSCAR database component concerning metadata for surface-based observations) and the need to reflect the recent changes of the OSCAR structure into the WIGOS Metadata Standard (WMDS). In particular, several code tables of the WMDS were reviewed and/or completed based on the code tables of OSCAR/Surface.

The session also reviewed the draft version of the logical data model, of OSCAR/Surface, for the exchange of metadata, and made proposals for its improvement and update, towards a more complete and functional model, including the facility of machine-to-machine procedures for the automatic insert and transfer of metadata.

The session agreed on a plan for the development of guidance material to assist Members in the application of the WMDS, including guidance in the use of the web interface of OSCAR/Surface as well as for the use of machine-to-machine interfaces to ingest and retrieve their metadata.

FINAL REPORT – Joint RA II/RA V Workshop on WIGOS for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Jakarta, Indonesia, 12 – 14 October 2015

The Workshop was aimed at enhancing the exchange of observations across the Southeast Asia region and to improve the availability and quality of those observations in particular that have significant applications in DRR related activities, e.g. in early warning systems for severe weather events. The Workshop was building on two draft plans for WIGOS projects, one related to radar data and another one related to satellite data, which had been developed during a preparatory meeting held from 21-23 April 2015 at Jakarta, Indonesia.

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HMEI General Assembly 18th Session (GA-18), Madrid, Spain, 28 September, 2016
Hall 6, IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, Avda. del Partenón, 5, 28042 Madrid, España

Room A 6.1 from 16:00 to 17:30 p.m

HMEI Council 25th Session (Council-25), Madrid, Spain, 28 September, 2016
Hall 4, IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, Avda. del Partenón, 5, 28042 Madrid, España

Time and room number of above meeting to be advised in due course.

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Project Team and International Organising Committee (IOC) for the WMO Solid Precipitation Intercomparison Experiment (SPICE), Seventh Session, Toronto, Canada, 11-15 July, 2016

Meeting of the Commission for Basic Systems Open Programme Area Group on Public Weather Services Expert Team on Services and Products Innovation and Improvement (CBS/OPAG-PWS ET/SPII), Exeter, United Kingdom, 11-15 July, 2016

CIMO TECO-2016, Madrid, Spain, 27-29 September, 2016
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), under the auspices of the Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observations (CIMO), is organizing the 2016 WMO Technical Conference on Meteorological and Environmental Instruments and Methods of Observation (TECO-2016) with the theme: Ensuring sustained high-quality meteorological observations from sea, land and upper atmosphere in a changing world.

TECO-2016 will be held in Madrid, Spain, at the kind invitation of Agencia Estatal de Meteorologia (AEMET), at IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, from 27 to 30 September 2016.

The Conference will take place in conjunction with the Meteorological Technology World Expo 2016 (27-29 September 2016), which is being independently organized by UKIP Media and Events Ltd, and with the second International Workshop on Metrology for Meteorology and Climate (MMC-2016, 26-27 September 2016).

TECO-2016 is for experts in instruments and methods of observation from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, research institutes and the private sector. It promotes the exchange of information on the latest developments in instrumentation, methods of observation and related topics. All this in a changing society: assessing the quality and traceability of data sourced from partner and private networks, capitalizing on information provided by social media and crowdsourcing, and also adapting to the challenges and opportunities of big data. It provides an invaluable opportunity for training and capacity development, particularly for participants from developing countries, who are strongly encouraged to present their work at the Conference.

Joint WMO-OIC Satcom Forum, Madrid, Spain, 27-29 September, 2016
WMO and IOC are proposing to hold a Satcom Forum at the Meteorological Technology World Expo 2016 from 27 to 29 September in Madrid, Spain. Satcom’s aim is to bring together users and providers of satellite based communication systems as well as industry that sell and support related equipment. This activity is being coordinated by the WMO/IOC Satcom interim Executive Committee (Satcom IEC).

International Conference on Metrology for Meteorology and Climate – MMC 2016, Madrid, Spain, 2016

This conference will be held in conjunction with WMO CIMO TECO 2016 and Meteorological Technology World Expo 2016

During the last years an increasing collaboration has been established between the Metrology and Meteorology communities. EURAMET, the European association of metrology Institutes, is funding several projects aiming at delivering results of valuable impact for the meteorology and climatology science. The key aspect of such projects is the traceability of measurements and uncertainties of measured physical and chemical quantities describing the earth atmosphere. The MMC conference aims to give an opportunity to those two communities to present and discuss needs, methods, expertise and devices for cooperating in producing better data. The invitation is addressed to the metrology, meteorology and climate scientific communities and operators.

African Conference on Meteorology for Aviation (ACMA – 2016), Libreville, Gabon 2-4 November 2016
There is an exhibition planned for this conference. More information will be forwarded as it comes to hand.

Group on Earth Forum and Exhibition, 8-10 November, 2016
Venue is unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

Commission for Basic Systems Technical Conference 2016 (CBS TECO 2016), Guangzhou, China, 21 – 22 November, 2016
There is an exhibition planned for CBS TECO. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

16th Session of the WMO Commission for Basic Systems, 23-29 November, 2016
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. Provisional: Guangzhou, China. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

15th Session of the WMO Commission for Hydrology, Italy, December, 2016
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

17th Session of WMO Regional Association IV (RA-IV) North America and Caribbean, April, 2017
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

17th Session for the WMO Commission for Atmospheric Sciences, Indonesia, July, 2017
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

5th Session of the Joint WMO-IOC Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology – JCOMM-5, Indonesia, 25 October – 1 November, 2017
There is an exhibition planned for this meeting. Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

17th Session of WMO Regional Association V (South-West Pacific), December, 2017
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

17th Session of the WMO Commission for Climate, March, 2018
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

17th Session of the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology, Korea, April, 2018
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

HMEI Members who would like to represent HMEI at the above meetings please contact the HMEI Executive Secretary at their earliest convenience.

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Singapore International Water Week 2016, Singapore, 10-14 July 2016
The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is the global platform to share and co-create innovative water solutions. The biennial event gathers stakeholders from the global water industry to share best practices showcase the latest technologies and tap business opportunities. SIWW is part of the strategic programme of the Singapore Government to grow the water industry and develop water technologies.

2016 AMS Summer Community Meeting – WATER IS LIFE: SOCIETAL CHALLENGES & ENTERPRISE OPPORTUNITIES, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA, 19 – 21 July 2016
Demands for relevant, science based information continues to grow and it is clear to meet these information demands, the public, private, academic and NGO sectors will need to work closely together and with affected economic sectors as well as local, national and international government agencies.

Meteo-Tech Expo Japan, Tokyo, Japan, 20-22 July 2016
“Meteo-Tech Expo Japan” will be a one-stop opportunity for visitors to find the meteorological solutions they need― tools and systems for measuring, forecasting, and analyzing climate and weather; technologies and services for providing information; communications and information systems prepared against natural disasters, including safety confirmation systems; and more.

Meteo-tech Expo Japan“, Japan’s only trade show for meteorological Technology is now open for exhibitor applications. Early bird discount is available until February 12.

The 17th International Conference on Clouds & Precipitation, Manchester, UK, 25-29 July, 2016
The ICCP conferences are organised every 4 years by the International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation, which is a commission of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS), an association of IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics).

The goal of the conference is to provide a venue for the presentation of scientific research in the area of clouds and precipitation and to encourage the exchange of ideas within the international community.

Joint 21st Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology Conference and 20th Conference on Air-Sea Interaction, Madison, WI, USA, 15 – 19 August 2016

Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Implementation Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, 23-24 August, 2016
At the Workshop, CAP implementers and associated organizations typically discuss common issues and how best to expand adoption of CAP. Persons interested in emergency alerting are welcome: managers, technical staff, media, etc., including commercial organizations, governments, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
There is no charge to participate in the Workshop.

The Water Expo 2016 (5th edition), Miami, FL, USA, 31 August-1 September, 2016
The Water Expo is the only event based in the USA providing access to the WATER related industries, targeting East USA, Latin America & the Caribbean markets.

CLIVAR Open Science Conference – “Charting the course for climate and ocean research”, Qingdao, China, 18-25 September 2016
The collective voice and expertise of the international climate community is essential in shaping the international research agenda on the coupled ocean-atmosphere system. The World Climate Research Programme’s (WCRP) Core Project on Climate and Ocean – CLIVAR – invites the international climate community to review the state of the science, to prioritize international research plans and to initiate new collaborations. In September 2016 CLIVAR will hold an Open Science Conference to engage the wider collection of scientists who work in this important area. A very limited number of exhibit booths are available during the conference.

Climate Week NYC 2016, New York, USA, 19-25 September, 2016
Following on from the historic COP21 international climate negotiations, 2016 marks a turning point. The Paris Agreement set a clear commitment to a high value, low carbon economy that is full of opportunity. Every year leading governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers gather in New York City for Climate Week NYC – one of the key events in the international calendar that has been driving climate action forward since it was first launched in 2009. Join us at Climate Week NYC 2016 from September 19-25 for a week of innovation, ambition and action in achieving this prosperous low carbon future for all.

Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) 2016, New Orleans, USA, 24-28 September, 2016
WEFTEC is the premier water quality conference of choice for thousands of professionals looking for water quality solutions and the latest innovation.

Meteorological Technology World Expo, Madrid, Spain, 27-29 September, 2016

Special Offer to HMEI members – save 10% on the cost of your stand

Meteorological Technology World Expo is the must-attend event for any company or organisation looking for more accurate and next-generation weather forecasting and climate-change measurement technologies and services. Now in its sixth year, this truly global exhibition attracts over 165 exhibiting companies and 2,500+ attendees from over 70 countries.

Meteorological Technology World Expo is a truly international exhibition of the very latest climate, weather and hydro-meteorological forecasting, measurement and analysis technologies and service providers for a global community of key decision makers within the aviation industry, shipping companies, marine/port installations, airports, military operations, off-shore exploration companies, wind farm operators, met offices, agriculture operations and research institutes.

Exhibition to be held in conjunction with WMO CIMO TECO-2016

The 9th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology (ERAD2016), Antalya, Turkey, 10-14 October 2016
ERAD’s mission is to:
> provide a platform for an interaction between students, research scientists, radar engineers and operators, and end users of weather radar.
> provide a platform for exchanging knowledge between research and operational use of weather radar.

9th International Scientific Conference on “Energy and Climate Change”, Athens, Greece, 12-14 October, 2016
The Conference is under the auspices of the Organization Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). For the opening session officials from UNAI, BSEC, the government, ambassadors and representatives of banks and companies, that are active in green economy issues are invited to speak.

The Conference has three parts: a) on the first day the “Green Energy Investments Forum” that aims on discussions about promoting “green” investments (policies, up-front technologies, financial issues, trends and opportunities). b) on the second day the “Scientific papers” for the topics of energy and climate change, renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and sustainable development and c) on the third day “Brokerage event” for presentation of research projects and exploration of cooperation proposals under the framework of open calls from Horizon 2020 or other programmes.

Eco Expo Asia 2016, Hong Kong, 26-29 October, 2016
Eco Expo Asia is a premier trade platform in Asia dedicated to global green innovations covering the entire environmental technology spectrum. The fair specialises in the business-to-government (B2G) and business-to-business (B2B) sectors, and provides exhibitors direct access to the Chinese mainland and other emerging Asian markets.

The 2nd Annual WeatherTech GCC, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 1-2 November, 2016
WeatherTech GCC will provide a unique platform in the GCC for specialists to share best practice, evaluate solutions and implement innovations in weather forecasting and climate change to ensure achievement of current and future development objectives. This innovative and specialised event will provide an opportunity for meteorologist, scientists, policy makers and creative thinkers to generate solutions to overcome challenges, develop future strategy and to guide improvement.

This event will build on the success of the 2015 event that brought together 120 attendees from seven nations over two days. The 2nd Annual WeatherTech GCC will facilitate accurate and next-generation weather forecasting and climate-change measurement technologies and services. WeatherTech GCC will support economic development, enable future sustainability and help to mitigate weather risk to industry and individuals.

7th International Conference and Exhibition on Water, Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring (WWEM) 2016, Telford, UK, 2-3 November, 2016
WWEM is the specialist event for the water, wastewater and environmental monitoring community. WWEM is focused on measurement, testing and analysis for the water and wastewater and environmental industry. From test kits to process measurement, laboratory analysis right through to fixed and portable gas detection, if your work involves Monitoring,testing or working with water you need to be at WWEM.

28th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Portland, OR, USA, 7 – 11 November 2016

AgWATEC Spain, Seville, Spain, 7-9 November, 2016
AgWATEC Spain 2016 is the International Exhibition & Conference on Agriculture and Water Technology taking place in Seville, Spain. The event is an initiative to promote cooperation between the Spanish and international companies. Spain in general and Andalusia region in particular are well established with world class infrastructure, organizations and technologies in Water, Agriculture technology and environmental control industries. The event will be a unique opportunity for companies to show case their achievements to potential clients and partners and for all professionals dealing with Water, Agriculture technologies and environmental control to discuss, create new joint ventures and partnerships.

IV International Trade Fair “Industrial Ecology-2016”, Kiev, Ukraine, 8-10 November, 2016
The main purpose of the exhibition: introduction of the latest scientific and technical achievements in the production environment to ensure the environmental safety of natural environment. We invite industrial and commercial enterprises in different fields to share their achievements and present products relevant to the following subject areas: – environmental monitoring and assessment of environmental pollution; – industrial air purification; – waste and recycling of industrial solid (technology, machinery and equipment); – methods for decontamination and remediation of soil; – technology of sound insulation and noise; – electromagnetic and radiation emissions; – treatment of toxic and radiological waste; – environmentally technologies and production.

97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA, 22-26 January, 2017

World ATM Congress 2017, Madrid, Spain, 7-9 March, 2017

CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, and ATCA, the Air Traffic Control Association, are delivering the innovation and education you need to meet ATM’s future head-on. A global mix of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), Air Traffic Management (ATM) experts, and leading product developers and service providers will converge in Madrid, 7-9 March 2017, at the fifth annual World ATM Congress – the largest international exhibition and industry forum of its kind.

InterMET Asia 2017, Suntec, Singapore, 21-22 March, 2017
The Asia-Pacific region continues to represent more than 25% of the global weather equipment market. InterMET gives companies direct access to influential buyers and claim your share of this important market. As the frequency of extreme weather events increases, national hydro-meteorological services and weather affected industries are investing heavily in the latest weather forecasting technologies.

The organizers are pleased to offer members of HMEI preferential rates for exhibition packages. HMEI members will receive a preferential early bird 10% discount for InterMET Asia. In addition new exhibitors will receive a 5% discount while loyal exhibitors have already been offered a further 10% early bird discount.

Please note there are deadlines to these offers eg the early bird loyalty rate expires 31 July and the HMEI offer will end 30 October, so members should book early to secure these rates and as the floor plan is already filling up fast!

IAIA17 – 37th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, Montreal, Canada, 4-7 April, 2017
Climate change represents a key challenge to the sustainability of global ecosystems and human prosperity in the 21st century. Climate change goes beyond project impacts, as it affects many diverse global issues: from water, food, and energy security to impacts on human rights and vulnerable peoples. Global climate change raises important questions of international and intergenerational justice.

25th International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution, Cadiz, Spain, 25-27 April, 2017
The Air Pollution conference in this series have discussed and considered many important air pollution issues and the international nature of the attendees has ensured that the conference findings and conclusions enjoy a wide and rapid dissemination amongst the air pollution science and policy communities. Air pollution issues remain one of the most challenging problems facing the international community. The series has demonstrated the wide spread nature of the air pollution phenomena and has explored in depth the impacts of air pollution on human health and the environment.

98th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, USA, 7-11 January, 2018

HMEI Members who would like to represent HMEI at the above meetings please contact the HMEI Executive Secretary at their earliest convenience.

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Press Release – 13 April 2016 – Biral Wins UK National Visibility Sensor Framework Agreement

Biral is pleased to announce that it has secured the UK National framework agreement with the Met Office in Exeter for the supply of visibility sensors.

Islay, Port Ellen

Islay, Port Ellen

After rigorous evaluation and field testing against its national and international competitors, the Biral SWS-100 visibility sensor was selected to be used as part ofSWS-050/SWS-100 Visibility sensor the Met Office plans to update the national measurement network. The initial supply for 65 units have now been delivered in readiness for installation. Nathan Neal, Marketing Director for Biral, commented “As a UK based SME, we are very pleased to have been awarded this framework agreement in direct competition with our much larger international competitors. It clearly shows that our technology, reliability and measuring accuracy are as good as, if not better than our much larger peers. We are proud to have won this significant agreement and will build upon this with other national meteorological organisations world-wide.”

Biral SWS-100 visibility sensor

The SWS-100 visibility sensor is a highly specified unit, supplied with a class leading 3 year warranty and renowned for its rugged design and long life making it ideal for deployment in a national network where reliability and accuracy are paramount.

Further information is available from Biral on +44 1275 847787 or visit www.biral.com

Press release – 15 April, 2016 – Campbell Scientific Awarded UK Met Office Visibility Sensor Contract

Campbell Scientific are delighted to announce that the CS120A Visibility Sensor has been selected by the UK Met Office for use at safety critical sites following a recent competitive tender process. The award was made following a detailed review of the specification and comparative testing by the Met Office of the CS120A and several competitor models. The CS120A, developed and manufactured by Campbell Scientific at its European Headquarters in the UK, is an infrared forward scatter visibility sensor utilising the proven 42° scatter angle to report Meteorological Observable Range (MOR) in the range 10-75,000 m.

Optical Products Manager at Campbell Scientific, Mike Brettle said “Winning this contract is particularly pleasing as it was awarded based on the high technical capability of our sensor; not just in terms of our stated operational specification but also following thorough testing by the customer. We have worked hard on the development of this sensor and believe it offers a class-leading balance of high specification and competitive pricing”.

Full details about the sensor can be found at www.campbellsci.eu/cs120a

CS120A Atmospheric Visibility Sensor

CS120A Atmospheric Visibility Sensor

About the CS120:

The CS120A Visibility Sensor uses tried and tested infra-red forward scatter technology and utilises the proven 42° scatter angle to report Meteorological Observable Range (MOR) for fog and snow in the range 10 – 75,000 m.

Key Benefits

· Design minimises airflow disturbance at measurement volume.

· High speed sampling for improved measurement accuracy during mixed weather and events which return intermittent signals such as rain and hail – both known weaknesses of some competing systems.

· Integrated low power heaters prevent the build-up of dew and higher powered anti-icing heater included. Heaters automatically controlled for simple operation.

· Power efficient (3W during normal operation including the dew heaters, power can be reduced further by reducing the sample rate and manual heater control).

· Two configurable alarm outputs provided, via relays, these can:

o drive external warning systems such as lights and fog-horns

o switch the intensity of wind turbine warning lights depending upon current visibility levels.

Key Specifications:

· Maximum reported visibility: 75 km (approx. 47 miles)

· Minimum reported visibility: 10 metres (32 feet)

· Accuracy: <600m ±8%, 600-10,000 m ±10%; 10,000-15,000 m ±15%; 10,000-75,000 m ±20%

· Resolution: 1 metre

· Operating temperature: -25 to +60°C

· Extended operating temperature: -40 to +70°C option

· Total unit power: <3w while sampling continuously (including dew heaters)

About Campbell Scientific:

Campbell Scientific are a global group of companies initially formed in the USA in 1974. The company specialises in data acquisition systems used in a diverse range of applications in six broad business areas: Weather, Water, Energy, Machines, Structures and Earth.

Solutions include measurement and monitoring systems with associated peripherals, software and services. Campbell Scientific products are widely renowned for their low-power consumption, durability and system flexibility.

Campbell Scientific have supplied many national Met Services around the world and were previously awarded the UK Met Office contract to upgrade their network of around 200 stations, with a single, more uniform platform known as the Meteorological Measurement System, or MMS. As well as supplying the new dataloggers with bespoke logger software, Campbell Scientific also undertook the installation of the systems working in conjunction with Met Office engineers

In Europe, Campbell Scientific operates from UK headquarters with offices in France, Germany and Spain. Other Campbell Scientific offices are located in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, South Africa, Thailand, and the USA.


Delft, the Netherlands – Kipp & Zonen, the market leader in solar radiation measurement solutions, announces the acquisition of Black Photon’s Airshield® DNI for pyrheliometers. The technology has been transferred to give Kipp & Zonen the exclusive rights to manufacture and offer a complementary new accessory for its pyrheliometers that greatly reduces soiling of the instrument optical window.

KippZonen Black Photon Airshield® for pyrheliometers

KippZonen Black Photon Airshield® for pyrheliometers

In 2014 Black Photon Instruments GmbH, a spin-off of Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany, developed a solution for solar sensors in use in a very dusty environment in Oman, which resulted in the innovative AirShield® DNI. The system protects the window of a pyrheliometer from dust, dirt, sand and insects by creating a high-flow air barrier in front of the window. This “air knife” is created by blowing compressed and filtered air from the supply unit through a UV-resistant flexible hose to a special injection head that is easily fitted to the front of CHP1 and SHP1 Kipp & Zonen pyrheliometers.

KippZonen Black Photon transfer AirShield

KippZonen Black Photon transfer AirShield

Kipp & Zonen is currently adapting the system to its quality processes and manufacturing standards. AirShield® DNI fits well into the company’s passion for precision to offer the highest accuracy measurement of solar radiation feasible, in this case the irradiance coming directly from the sun. Thanks to the innovative airflow, cleaning intervals are extended, maintenance costs are reduced and the availability of good quality data is increased. In combination with the reliability of Kipp & Zonen’s pyrheliometers, the AirShield® DNI provides a perfect solution for dry and dusty environments, such as in the MENA region, and for remote sites that are infrequently serviced.

We’re very excited to transfer the AirShield technology to Kipp & Zonen, the market leader in solar radiation measurement. This opens up new dimensions for the technology and helps Kipp & Zonen customers to achieve better measurement with less maintenance costs” says Joachim Jaus, CEO of Black Photon Instruments.


Bristol-based meteorological specialists, Biral, have been awarded the Best Meteorological Sensor Manufacturers award in this year’s Acquisition International (AI) Offshore Excellence Awards.

The AI Awards is now in its third year of celebrating worldwide firms that cover the full spectrum of the offshore industry and has recognised Biral for its high quality products and technology designed to detect hazardous weather conditions and improve the safety and operations on offshore platforms.

Biral designs and manufactures class leading products including highly accurate and durable visibility and present weather sensors and a thunderstorm detection system. These systems are used on offshore platforms worldwide, with many installations exceeding 10 years of operational life due to the high quality materials and design standards.

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Biral Visibility & amp; Present Weather Sensors

Biral Visibility & amp; Present Weather Sensors

The company’s sensors monitor all aspects of weather conditions including precipitation, wind speed and direction, temperature, visibility and thunderstorm detection with reliability demonstrated to be the best in the market.

The installation of Biral’s equipment to offshore platforms has proved to be a major benefit to their clients as they have allowed them to carry out operations safely whilst accounting for the current weather conditions. The accuracy of Biral’s sensors and detection units not only alerts personnel of imminent thunderstorms or other hazardous conditions, but indicates to workers when a storm has passed to allow them to resume operations safely, keeping operational downtimes to a minimum.

This design excellence is a result of its experienced team of meteorological experts applying their knowledge to the measurement problem and designing the best possible sensors for the market. They are ably supported in the highly skilled team of technical and sales support staff, who work closely with their customers to deliver the best solution for their requirements. As the company has full in-house design and manufacturing capabilities, customer requests or variations can be achieved for special applications.

Besides its excellent reputation in the offshore market, Biral has worked with professional companies within the aviation, highways and wind energy sectors, with a wide range of its weather and visibility sensors being used to improve the safety of daily operations.

Further information is available from Biral on +44 1275 847787, email: enquiries@biral.com or by visiting the company’s website at www.biral.com

Press release – 8 May, 2016 – Radiometrics Now Provides Total Atmospheric Profiling Solutions!

Radiometrics recently completed two significant acquisitions that transition the Company into a singlesource supplier of total upper-air profiling solutions. Radiometrics now offers remote-sensing systems providing continuous wind and thermodynamic upper air monitoring, with all-weather high-resolution boundary layer and tropospheric measurements.

On May 6, 2016, Radiometrics purchased the Radar Wind Profiler (RWP) division of DeTect, Inc. Radiometrics is now the manufacturer and sole-source for RAPTOR® radar wind profilers. The RAPTOR wind profiler technology incorporates advanced software, advanced antenna systems, advanced signal processing and a digital transceiver system. RAPTOR radar wind profilers are available in boundary layer, tropospheric and stratospheric configurations.

The DeTect RAPTOR RWP staff have joined Radiometrics, and will continue to provide the exceptional products and customer support for which the RAPTOR brand is recognized. E-mail addresses and phone numbers for the Raptor product team are unchanged until September 1, 2016; the team members also have Radiometrics e-mail addresses. Click here for more information on RAPTOR radar wind profilers.

Radiometrics has also acquired the technology and assets of Atmospheric Systems Corporation (ASC), manufacturer of advanced sodar profiler hardware and software tools (www.minisodar.com) for wind profiling in the lower boundary layer. Radiometrics currently offers technical support, parts and repairs for all ASC sodar products, and is integrating the ASC MiniSodar product line into its manufacturing plan. Radiometrics of course continues to offer its market leading MP-Series thermodynamic profiling radiometers, and the PR-series single and dual-polarized radiometers. All Radiometrics products are subject to a continuous product improvement regiment and are manufactured in the USA, with technical support and services provided from Radiometrics’ facilities in Boulder, Colorado, as well as through selected in-country representatives.

For more information on product models, specifications, and availability for the RAPTOR radar wind profilers, ASC sodars and the MP-Series radiometers, please contact Radiometrics. For quotes, please contact:
• United States and Canadian Educational Sales: Radiometrics; support@radiometrics.com
• Japan: DKSH JAPAN; Mr. Atsushi Mitarai, atsushi.mitarai@dksh.com
• All other International: Radiometrics Int’l Division, Att’n Mr. Robert Rissland

Press release – 16 May, 2016 – R. M. Young Company to Acquire EnviroTech Sensors, Inc.

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN, USA – The R. M. Young Company has acquired EnviroTech Sensors, Inc. of Columbia, Maryland. Founded in 2001, EnviroTech designs and manufactures sensors used for measuring atmospheric visibility. EnviroTech Sentry™ visibility sensors are used in more than 30 countries for applications that include fog detection in Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS), in Airport Weather Observation Systems (AWOS) and coastal monitoring systems for waterways and offshore foghorn control.

RM Young acquires EnviroTech Sentry™ visibility sensors

RM Young acquires EnviroTech Sentry™ visibility sensors

Tom Young, President of the R. M. Young Company stated, “EnviroTech shares our reputation for producing high performance, reliable instrumentation. The Sentry visibility sensors are an excellent addition to our existing products for surface weather observation.”

We are excited to become a part of the Young family,” said John Crosby, President and Founder of EnviroTech. “Young has worked hard for over 50 years to establish itself as a leader in meteorological instruments. The Sentry sensors are a natural fit.”

The current Sentry™ product line includes visibility sensors for road weather or waterway monitoring, tunnel visibility monitoring and ATEX Zone 1 hazardous area monitoring applications.
For product pricing and availability, interested parties may contact Young sales at

About the R. M. Young Company: The R. M. Young Company has been designing and manufacturing meteorological instruments since 1964. From their headquarters in Traverse City, Michigan, USA, the company produces sensors that measure wind, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, precipitation and visibility. The company’s reliable products are installed on every continent and in every ocean and are used for marine navigation, transportation safety, agriculture, climate studies and meteorological stations. Young products are available worldwide via a network of over 100 resellers and systems integrators.

Press release – 19 May, 2016 – Airmar Technology Releases Redesigned, User Friendly Website

Advanced Search, New Industry Solution Pages, and Updated Cross Reference Highlight Changes



AIRMAR Technology Corporation, experts in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of innovative ultrasonic transducers, is pleased to announce the release of our new, fully-featured website airmar.com. Airmar’s new site has been completely redesigned with simple site navigation and advanced search in mind.

Airmar’s new website is built to cater to the many different boaters, sport fishing enthusiasts, scientists, and industry professionals who depend on the reliability of Airmar products. “At Airmar we understand that our end-users utilize our products for a wide variety of applications. Therefore, in response to customer feedback, Airmar has included industry specific solution pages, to help bring users to the Airmar products that apply most to their needs. Whether sensing through water, sensing through air, or sensing weather; Airmar’s industry solutions pages can be used to help guide visitors to the product right for them,” said Jennifer Piper, Marketing Manager.

Airmar has also incorporated advanced search into the new website, making it easier than ever to find a specific Airmar product. For marine applications such as boating and fishing, a new product search has been added to the marine transducer section of the website, as well as an additional product filter to get product search results quickly. This has been incorporated to help narrow down transducer offerings for users that know their fishing conditions, but may not know what transducer is best for their need. Links to our various brands and distributors are also accessible directly from the home page.

Connecting with Airmar through social media has never been easier than now, with links to our Youtube videos, Airmar’s blog, and LinkedIn page. To visitors that come from all over the world, Airmar has included German, Spanish, Italian, and French language options.

Product pages on the new site have been overhauled to include additional product information as well as installation/owner’s guides and technical information. Airmar’s transducer cross-reference has also been updated to include our newest products, transducer compatibility with various echo sounders, and additional information that was not included in the older version.

The new Airmar website is developed with responsive design so it is viewable from any mobile platform or device.

Visit Airmar’s new website today! www.airmar.com

Press release – 30 May, 2016 – Lufft’s MARWIS Product Film recognized with international prizes

Lufft & NCP Film prize winners

Lufft & NCP Film prize winners

For all those who haven’t watched the film about the advantages of the mobile road sensor MARWIS yet, it’s now time for it: A few days ago, two international awards went to the creators of the MARWIS film. They originate from the two most important festivals of the independent and short film industry. Thus, the filmmakers from NCP Film, whom Lufft again gave its trust, have continued with their success of the last two years, in which their productions for the sensor manufacturer were awarded with seven international film prizes in total.



With the MARWIS product film published in March 2015, NCP Film once again convinced international film juries. It became known on May 11, 2016 the latest, when the World Media Festival in Hamburg took place and the winner trophies changed hands. For the third time in a row, a Lufft production from NCP Film was amongst the winners there. The jury honored “MARWIS” with the highest prize level: the intermedia-globe Gold Award.

Almost in parallel, a WorldFest Houston Platinum Remi award in the category “Advertising/ Promotional” went to NCP for the same project. This represents the most valuable prize as well.

Lufft has collaborated with the filmmakers of NCP Film for two years now. The first joint project was about a new handheld instrument series. It was rewarded with an intermedia-globe Gold in Hamburg and a Platinum Remi Award in Houston. The second production has dealt with the Lufft I-BOX, a device allowing different climate sensors to be integrated into a measuring network and taking over different functions.

It‘s always exciting to assist NCP Film in the planning, shooting and the editing of footage. It’s amazing, how much attention to detail and appropriated product know-how they put into a film production. With this studio, we found the right partner in terms of films and look forward to the next common project. It’s time to say thank you for the commitment to all those who were involved in the MARWIS film,” sums up Lufft Marketing Manager Tobias Weil.

Press release – 13 June 2016 – InterMET Asia 2017 Special Offer to HMEI Members

We have much pleasure in sending you details for the fourth edition of InterMET Asia 2017 below. In addition we would like to offer members of the HMEI preferential rates for exhibition packages. We are delighted to offer HMEI members a preferential early bird 10% discount for InterMET Asia. In addition new exhibitors will receive a 5% discount while loyal exhibitors have already been offered a further 10% early bird discount.

We hope this will help members to participate in InterMET Asia 2017 and reach the Asia and Asia Pacific markets. Further details on the benefits and how to exhibit are below. Please note there are deadlines to these offers eg the early bird loyalty rate expires 31 July and the HMEI offer will end 30 October, so members should book early to secure these rates and as the floor plan is already filling up fast!

Finally we would like to ask HMEI members for video links as we are creating a library of videos for the InterMET community on-line. If you have any YouTube video clips featuring your companyyour products or showing extreme weather events we could use on-line either on our website or LinkedIn please let me know.

Thank you for your consideration and continued support.

Tony Stephenson


Media Generation Ventures Limited

6 Raglan Street, Harrogate HG1 1LT,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 142 352 4545

Mobile: +44 (0) 771 123 6630

Email: tony@mediageneration.co.uk

Website: http://www.intermet.asia/

Press release – 28 June, 2016 – Sensor manufacturer Lufft ranks among the Top 100 companies

Lufft, based in Fellbach joins Germany’s innovation elite. Honored by TOP 100 mentor Ranga Yogeshwar.

L-R: Klaus Hirzel (CEO Lufft), Alexa Schick-Hirzel (Marketing Lufft), Ranga Yogeshwar (Journalist, Moderator)

L-R: Klaus Hirzel (CEO Lufft), Alexa Schick-Hirzel (Marketing Lufft), Ranga Yogeshwar (Journalist, Moderator)

For the twenty-third time, the TOP 100 – Germany’s most innovative small and medium-sized companies – are acclaimed. This year, G. Lufft Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH belongs to this innovation elite. The Fellbach company previously took part in a demanding, scientific selection process. Innovation management and innovation success were examined. The mentor of the innovation competition, Ranga Yogeshwar, honors the top innovator Lufft at the German SME Summit on 24 June 2016 in Essen.

The TOP 100 seal of approval award winner G. Lufft Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH impressed the decision-makers with its success in innovation. The company, which was established in 1881, develops and manufactures components and systems for climate and environmental measurement technology. Product innovations such as the mobile road sensor MARWIS for winter service vehicles or the ultrasonic wind sensor VENTUS-UMB, which is used for example on research ships of the German Weather Service, make the traditional Fellbach company a leader in innovation. Through process innovations, such as the principle of lean production, the experts in intelligent meteorological sensors increased productivity in manufacturing by 20 percent in the last three years.

The true secret of success is passion – and we at Lufft innovate with this passion,” says CEO Klaus Hirzel. Innovation, including the development of ideas that is necessary to achieve this, is firmly enshrined in top management as well as in the majority of employees, as an integral part of the company’s internal processes. Innovation management meetings are held on a regular basis. Internal events are communicated quickly and openly: all employees can actively familiarize themselves with new developments via the organizational system. In addition, all news from the various departments, new projects and customers as well as product developments are presented and updated daily on staff television. This flow of information strengthens the corporate feeling among a total of 105 employees.

More than 4,000 companies showed an interest in taking part in the TOP 100 this year. 366 of these applied for the qualification round. Of these, 284 went through to the final round. 238 finally made it into the TOP 100 (maximum of 100 in each of the three size categories). The companies were reassessed by Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and his team from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. They sampled more than 100 parameters in five assessment categories: “Innovation-friendly Senior Management”, “Climate of Innovation”, “Innovative Processes and Organization”, “Innovation Marketing / External Orientation” and “Innovation Success”.

The TOP 100 are among the pacesetters in their industry sectors. The figures from the assessment are evidence of this: 97 of the companies are national market leaders and 32 are global market leaders. On average, these firms most recently achieved 40 percent of their sales through market innovations and product improvements, which they brought to the market prior to the competition. In doing so, their sales growth was 28 percentage points above the industry average. Together, the SMEs registered 2,292 national and international patents in the past three years. This capacity for innovation pays off in jobs too: the TOP 100 plan to take on around 9,500 new employees in the next three years.

The mentor of TOP 100, the science journalist and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar, is impressed by the quality of the companies and hopes to send out a message: “The way in which the TOP 100 generate new ideas and develop them into pioneering products and services is remarkable in every sense of the word. I am therefore pleased that the award makes these qualities visible. Hopefully their success will encourage other companies to follow suit. Because this culture of innovation will be increasingly important for all businesses in the future.

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Airmar Technology – WXH series WeatherStation® Instruments: Hot Product Line Now Designed for the Freezing Cold


Airmar Technology, a world leader in ultrasonic sensor technology, is pleased to announce the release of

WXH series WeatherStation® Instruments. The 120WXH and 220WXH models are now available with a 60-Watt heating unit, designed to prevent icing in the wind channel.

“The heater function expands the versatility of the WeatherStation units to new and existing applications such as commercial fishing, harbor and port security, roadside monitoring, outdoor recreational facilities such as ski resorts, and various other applications. The WXH heater series is the premier choice for real-time, site-specific weather monitoring for even the coldest conditions at the most competitive price point,” stated Stephen Johnson, WeatherStation Business Development Manager.

The WXH models have been carefully designed with a sophisticated heating system for operation in ice-prone areas both onshore and offshore. The heater element keeps the wind channel free of snow and ice and can be operated in either an automatic or manual mode. Its compact size, robust construction, light weight, and no moving parts continue to provide the most value for the cost compared to any other weather instrument on the market.

Campbell Scientific Canada – CCFC Field Canada: They’re calling it ‘the most rugged camera ever made’

CCFC Field Camera

The wild, cold-conquering Canadians at Campbell Scientific Canada (CSC) have just put the finishing touches on their new camera dubbed the CCFC Field Camera. The camera is specifically designed for harsh environmental conditions and remote, unattended monitoring. CSC, nestled in north Edmonton, hopes the camera will revolutionize the monitoring and surveying industry with it’s advanced capabilities.

Features that make the CCFC Field Camera special:
>In terms of ruggedness, there isn’t a camera in the world that outperforms it. It’s suited to a wide variety of applications including surveillance, flood forecasting, and road safety (RWIS)
>You can collect photos and high-definition video (720p) almost anywhere on earth, including at night, thanks to built-in IR LEDs and a Night Mode setting
>Wi-Fi feature enables configuration from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop
>The all-new web interface makes configuration and media retrieval a breeze
>18x optical zoom lens with configurable auto zoom/focus presets
>Wide operating temperature range, various power modes, and anodized aluminum environmental case makes it suitable for remote monitoring
>Transmits media via FTP, Email, and PakBus or, stores media in the built in memory

Delta-T Devices – PR2 Profile Probe: Now comes in a digital version

PR2 SDI-12 image

Delta-T Devices has launched a new digital version of their well-established analogue PR2 Profile Probe. Named the PR2 SDI-12, it shares the many strengths of the analogue version (which remains in production), but with the addition of SDI-12 compatibility – allowing integration into new and existing SDI-12 systems. As with the analogue version, the new digital version comes in two lengths – to measure soil moisture profiles down to 40cms or 100cms.The PR2 SDI-12 builds on the strong reputation and field proven technology of the analogue PR2. By adopting the widely used SDI-12 interface (v1.3) the PR2 SDI-12 can be integrated with an even wider range of data loggers, sensors and equipment.

SDI-12 is an established communication standard adopted by many manufacturers of environmental monitoring and control equipment. It is popular because it allows large numbers of sensors (from many vendors) to be connected to a logger via a simple cable network, thereby reducing the cost and complexity of wiring large sensor installations.

The PR2 SDI-12’s electronics have been designed to improve power efficiency, an important advantage for off-grid applications, e.g. remote sites.

Delta-T Devices’ SDI-12 enabled GP2 Data Logger and Controller is an ideal partner for the PR2 SDI-12. The GP2 enables quick and easy creation of sensor networks – without need to resort to the often complex programming methods typically employed by other manufacturers.

Key Features of the PR2 SDI-12:

• Multiple PR2 SDI-12s can be connected to a compatible data logger via a single cable
• Create low cost configurable sensor networks
• Compatible with existing PR2 access tubes
• Conforms to industry standard SDI-12 v1.3
• Flexible integration with 3rd party SDI-12 systems

Lufft – VS2k-UMB visibility sensor: Best tuned to its environment

Lufft’s visibility sensor VS2k-UMB is another optical sensor now marketed. In the traffic sector, it serves as equipment for road weather stations and traffic control systems. The sensor measures accurate visibility values in a range of up to 2,000 meters. The VS2k-UMB model replaces the VS20-UMB, which has been used around the world for 10 years. Thanks to intensive development work, the VS2k-UMB visibility sensor features enhanced product characteristics such as a highly optimized housing alloy that is seawater resistant and therefore suitable for offshore use. During numerous saltwater tests, the sensor showed stable longevity even under the most extreme conditions.

The new housing design reduces maintenance frequency significantly, not least by active spider defense. A motor that vibrates within the housing at irregular intervals prevents the arachnids from nestling, which would be a source of interference. In addition, the VS2k visibility sensor has been equipped with further sensors that detect contamination on the optics. Also, the calibration concept has been largely improved. An optionally available calibration disk can be easily attached with magnets and an anchoring to the sensor with little effort.

The new VS2k-UMB visibility sensor is the first product of an entire series that is currently being launched by the sensor company. Another device version with a maximum range of 25 kilometers will be available by mid-year.

Lufft – MARWIS 2.0: The mobile road sensor that now measures air temperature and relative humidity


Lufft’s mobile road sensor MARWIS, which was among those that were awarded the Industry Prize 2015, measures additional environmental data. The new MARWIS 2.0 version has been equipped with an external temperature sensor which detects the air temperature. With the aid of the other measured variables, this allows the relative humidity to be determined. Until now, the road sensor could measure variables such as the road surface temperature, water film thickness, dew point or road conditions.

Directly attached to the vehicle, the smart sensor transmits the data 100 times per second via Bluetooth in real time to a tablet, smart phone, or an alternative output device in the cab. By using a data cloud, MARWIS can forward the app measurements to the control center, where operations managers can track the test runs using the View Mondo management software.

This version update was launched after requests by many customers. In addition to the road conditions, weather-related data such as the temperature and relative humidity also play a role in evaluating critical conditions such as ice, snow, and hydroplaning. The addition of these two fair values to the road sensor was thus a logical and above all, a practically oriented extension. MARWIS 2.0 will now replace the current model.

Plair SA – Rapid-E: debuts as the new real-time airborne particle identifier


Plair’s real-time airborne particle identifier, called “Rapid-E”, is the second-generation Particle Analyzer PA-300. Rapid-E reliably detects and counts numerous airborne particles simultaneously and rapidly – pollen, fungal spores, air pollution, and even bacteria. It offers revolutionary performance, high sensitivity, and a broad range of detection, opening many applications in environmental monitoring that require precise and instantaneous identification.

An extended version of PA-300, Rapid-E has higher sensitivity to smaller particles (down to 0.5 micrometers [μm]), while maintaining the same performance for particles of up to 100 μm. Rapid-E is not only more compact than PA-300, it is also more robust in its design, ensuring continuous and uninterrupted use both outdoors and indoors. Plair fully designed and developed Rapid-E, using patented up-to-date technology.

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