Virtual Laboratory for Training and Education in Satellite Meteorology

is a global network of specialized training centers and meteorological satellite operators working together to improve the utilization of data and products from meteorological and environmental satellites established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS).

Our Mission

To improve weather, water, climate and related environmental services by enabling WMO Members to utilize satellite data.

Our Vision

Coordinate training centers and satellite operators to provide the best training to users to maximize satellite data utilization.

Our audience

Operational meteorologists, those performing analysis, diagnosis, prognosis and forecasting of the weather.


Dr. Bernie Connell

I am a Remote Sensing Expert and the Training Lead at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.  I have been at CIRA for 25 years and much of my time focused on national and international satellite training efforts. As the opportunities present, I have also pursued research related to regional satellite cloud climatologies and research to develop satellite products. I have enjoyed being part of the WMO VLab to promote usage of satellite imagery in meteorology and hydrology and currently serve as a Co-Chair. One of our long-term activities that CIRA/NOAA supports is the monthly virtual Regional Focus Group weather and climate discussions for the Americas and the Caribbean. This evolved into what many refer to today as a community of practice. Life always presents challenges and opportunities.  Experience teaches me that drawing from different aspects of life and across disciplines provides a broad foundation for continued learning. Looking at issues from different perspectives helps to create solutions and opportunities.

Wen Bo

Wen Bo graduated from Beijing University of science and technology with a master's degree in computer science and technology, senior engineer. Serve as the director of the Academic Affairs Department of the CMATC, responsible for the implementation and management of training affairs. At the same time, actively participate in the research and development of meteorological observation. As the Co-chair for VLab in representation of the Centers of Excellence, he will help participants to create communication and sharing as much as possible.


Dr. Marcial Garbanzo-Salas

Marcial Garbanzo holds a PhD degree in Physics from the University of Western Ontario (Canada), and works as a professor for the School of Physics at the University of Costa Rica (UCR). The main interests of Dr. Garbanzo are remote sensing applications including radar and satellite, as well as the development of instrumentation with direct applications in industry and academia.

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