Russia, Decmber 6, 2007 – It’s common knowledge that the World Bank started to cooperate with the Russian federal government as of 2005 to fund the project of “Modernization and technical reconstruction of RosHydroMet (Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring) organizations and institutions”.
In all, it is planned to invest USD130 million to the project, with USD80 million as the World Bank loan. The principle target of the project is to increase the quality of RosHydroMet’s forecasts and services, aimed to reduce damage and to protect better the economy and population from severe acts of nature.
The main facilities for such modifications are: the Moscow International Meteorological Center, the Obninsk Data Archive Center, Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk Regional Meteorological Centers, as well as the St-Petersburg Main Geophysical Laboratory after A. Voyeikov. Special attention is paid to the upgrade of federal monitoring systems, including remote sensing of the Earth from space, telecommunications systems and the equipment for RosHydroMet’s real-time data processing.
ScanEx Research & Development Center has won the contract as a result of the international tender to outfit the regional RosHydroMet departments with the ground stations for space data reception. ScanEx Center was selected as the principle vendor of the firmware per the “Delivery and Installation of Ground Stations” lot.
According to the contractual terms, 3 universal UniScan-24 ground stations receiving data in X-band frequency and 12 small-size Alisa-SC complexes operating in L-band will be installed throughout RosHydroMet facilities.
UniScan-24 ground stations will be delivered to the Hydrometeorology & Environmental Monitoring Centers in Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk. New stations will provide for the reception and processing of repeated daily imagery data acquired from Terra/Aqua satellites, as well as all-weather radar data from RADARSAT-1 satellite. The stations are also compatible with SPOT-4 and EROS-A high-resolution optical data.
Alice-SC complexes will be delivered to the Hydrometeorology & Environmental Monitoring Centers in Nizhny Novgorod, Khabarovsk, Chita, Irkutsk, Omsk, Kursk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Magadan, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Kazan, Vladivostok and Yakutsk. The stations will be capable to receive data from the NOAA satellites in HRPT format and from meteorological satellites of new generation.
New ground receiving stations are to be put into operation by mid 2007.
Following the upgrade of the RosHydroMet network of ground stations and centers for space data reception, the operability and volume of received spatial data will be increased, RosHydroMet possibilities in forecasting will be extended and the damage to the economy as a result of natural calamities and subsequent emergency situations will be considerably mitigated, which according to current estimates amounts to 30-60 billion rubles every year in Russia.