The third MSG RAO Workshop. E. Oriol-Pibernat MSG Mission Manager GIST, Exeter, 24 October 2006. Some history about the RAO.
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The joint ESA/Eumetsat Research Announcement of Opportunity (RAO) for for the scientific exploitation of MSG data and products, also in synergy with ERS and Envisat data and products was released to the worldwide scientific community in 1998.
There were a total of 43 projects selected by a peer review process, covering most of the objectives of the RAO.
There were in total 21 presentations. The scientific level of the achievements was remarkable, covering scientific studies on e.g. air sea fluxes, cal/val aspects, algorithm development and applications such as: fire/fog detection, contrails, solar energy, UV radiation etc.
A book of abstracts was made available for the attendees (over 30 in total), plus ESA/Eumetsat relevant documentation. All presentations have been made available through an ESRIN ftp server.
Attendees to the Workshop were informed about the successful MSG-2 launch in December 2005 and about the final stages of its commissioning. Thus, it was assured the continuity of the MSG data stream, which was a key issue for keeping their interest in follow-on investigations with the MSG data. Also, those who had reached a mature stage of new applications would be able to put them into operations.