The risk of natural disasters can be reduced by understanding our environment and the fundamental forces that shape it. Earth-observing satellites can provide vital information to mitigate and prepare for disasters.
The Bangladesh Meteorological Department is the authorised Government organisation for all meteorological activities in the country. It maintains a network of surface and upper air observatories, radar and satellite stations, agro-meteorological observatories, geomagnetic and seismological observatories and meteorological telecommunication system. The Department has its Headquarters in Dhaka with two regional centres i.e.
Australia became an international collaborator on the new US-satellite mission Landsat 8, under an agreement signed on 12 July 2012 with the United States Geological Survey. Landsat 8, the latest in the series of Landsat satellites, is expected to launch in January 2013.
Seven months after launch, data is now flowing from a new generation of instruments onboard the Suomi NPP satellite, a joint NASA/NOAA mission being used in NOAA’s global numerical weather forecast system.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has launched a call for input for their 2012 Survey on the Use of SatelliteData. This Survey is designed to collect updated information on the worldwide status, plans and related challenges within three major areas:
On the sidelines of the 55th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), the Chinese BeiDou/COMPASS satellitemodel was inaugurated on 8 June 2012 in Vienna, Austria. The model is donated by the People's Republic of China.