Cb-global

The Cb-global method analyzes satellite data, enabling thunder cells to be detected, tracked, and forecast for up to one hour. Assessing the view of the clouds “from above,” it supplies an upper air space overview of the current thunderstorm situation. The information is presented in a manner that is easy to understand. For pilots and air traffic controllers in particular, this provides quick, comprehensive decision-making assistance when the risk of thunderstorms arises.

Currently, Cb-global uses data from the geostationary satellites Meteosat-8,9,10 and Himawari-8, therefore covering the areas seen from these satellites. This comprises Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean, the Arabian peninsula, the southern Atlantic, and parts of Brazil as regards to Meteosat and large parts of the Asia Pacific region, e.g. Japan, China, Indonesia, Australia, for the HIMAWARI satellite. An extension of Cb-global to the Indian and American satellites is underway finally covering all global flight routes.

Cb-global

stands for Thunderstorm detection, monitoring and nowcasting for global flight routes

analyzes satellite data and delivers up-to-the-minute thunderstorm information especially for en-route air traffic
delivers thunderstorms as hazard objects, marking areas which may be dangerous for air traffic
outputs additional attributes like cloud top temperature, cloud top, moving speed, moving direction
updates thunderstorm information every 5, 10 or 15 minutes (depending on satellite) and delivers thunderstorm nowcasts for up to 60 minutes
issues thunderstorm information in a standard international output format (XML) optimized for further processing and all types of user displays
was successfully tested in real-time together with Lufthansa within the GadCOM project in 2013 (see News 06/05/2013 and article Aviation Business Magazine).