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Workshop on the Use of Satellite data for Climate Applications

Zagreb, Croatia, 11-15 December 2006

At GCOS Regional Workshop for Eastern and Central Europe, held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) from 27 to 29 September the GCOS Regional Training Project for Eastern and Central Europe has been considered. At this workshop, a series of the GCOS training projects have been presented and recognized by the GCOS representative, including proposal of Croatia which refers to the Training Workshops in the Use of Satellite Data for Climate Monitoring. In December 2005 a correspondence, on this matter, with the EUMETSAT has been arranged.

The EUMETSAT has been prepared to offer the support to the Project with the experts as well as with the funding. As hosting country, Croatia accepted to make all administrative jobs related to this event. After several meetings held in Zagreb and Darmstadt a detailed plan for the Workshop has been made. The title, place and time of the Workshop have been determined. It was decided that EUMETSAT/WMO Workshop in the Use of Satellite Data for Climate Applications will be held in Zagreb, Croatia, from 11 to 15 December 2006. The workshop is coordinated by EUMETSAT and the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), the host of EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility (SAF) on Climate Monitoring.

The nomination letter to the NMHS of the whole RA VI (Europe) has been sent at the end of August 2006. The results was acceptance of 26 participants from 22 countries. They have accommodation in Hotel Laguna (Zagreb) which is not far from "Hrvoje Požar" Institute building where five-day Workshop will be held and where there are excellent facilities.

After the Opening Ceremony planned to be held at 13 o'clock and 30 minutes on 11 December 2006 a comprehensive programme follows. Each country will present their NMHS climate activity the first working day when icebreaker will be hosted by DHMZ (Državni hidrometeorološki zavod). The following days will be devoted to the lecture delivering of eminent experts for satellite meteorology (EUMETSAT, WMO, DWD, KNMI, DHMZ). A dinner by EUMETSAT will be hosted in the middle of the week. Practical work of the participants is also planed together with preparing of the conclusion of the Workshop which will end on 15 December 2006 at 12 o'clock.

For the Local Organising Committee:

Kreso Pandzic
Meteorological and Hydrological Service
Gric 3, HR - 10000 Zagreb