Himawari reveals Mt Raung eruption

Volcanic eruptions from Mt Raung 11-12 July 2015

The ESS Weathertech Himawari groundstation in Richmond has received stunning images of the eruption of Mt Raung in Indonesia from the new satellite.

By processing the IR channels to highlight the ash clouds from the volcano, a sequence of images is produced which clearly show the progress of the eruption over a period of two days.

One of Himawari's advanced features is the ability to provide updates every 10 minutes. The previous satellite covering the region, MTSAT, could at best give updated images every half hour. Volcanic eruptions can change significantly in that time. As the above image shows, the ability to produce images rapidly allows details in the time evolution of the volcano which would not be seen previously with MTSAT.

Posted on July 18, 2015 .

Himawari-8 is Operational

The new Himawari-8 satellite is providing enhanced satellite coverage of the Australian/Asian region by implementing more channels and higher updates than previous weather satellites. 

Himawari has completed its testing phase and now moving to operational status. The satellite is a significant improvement over its predecessor, MTSAT, which has served the Asian region well for many years. While high resolution data from the new satellite is available over the Internet, Himawari satellite imagery is also available over the "HimawariCast" system, which uses TV broadcast technology to distribute the imagery directly to users.

ESS Weathertech has been building MTSAT reception system for many years. These are used routinely by weather forecasting organizations through Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Now ESS is moving into the new generation by providing low cost HimawariCast groundstations which can capture and process the data from the new satellite in real time.

This image loop is a spectacular example of the imagery available from the new satellite. The unusual appearance of three cyclones at the same time shows in great detail the movement of cyclones. The three cyclones are Nangka (to the east), Chan-Hom in the centre, and Linfa heading towards Taiwan. These images benefit from higher resolution, but most significantly, the images are updated every 10 minutes. This is a dramatic improvement on the 30 minute update available with previous satellites, allowing forecasters to follow the movement of the cyclones in greater detail than ever before.

Posted on July 9, 2015 .

Global Support Centre for Weather Radars & Telespace


EEC radar systems represent a significant investment in time, people and money. Keeping systems operable 24/7 is key to keeping the public, environment and assets safe from mother natures extremes. ESS plays an important support role for EEC being the 24/7 call centre operator and global support centre for EEC activities in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. ESS radar experts are also called on to support radar installations, servicing or upgrades in Europe and the Americas making ESS a true global radar support provider.

Posted on June 22, 2015 .

Samoa Project - 2011

ESS is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $2.4 million contract by Japan Radio Company (JRC) to implement a new comprehensive weather forecasting and warning system for Samoa. The project is funded by the Government of Japan Grant Aid program and implemented by JRC. In its component of the project,  ES&S will be installing and commissioning new meteorological data processing systems, any early warning system, a vertical profiler for atmospheric soundings and a climate monitoring system.  It is planned to commission the new systems in March 2012 after a comprehensive commissioning and training program.

Posted on June 22, 2015 .