The International Winds Workshops interact with the Co-ordination Group for Meteorological Satellites with respect to important issues related to the derivation and utilization of wind information based on the imagery from geostationary satellites. It also provides a forum for data producers, data users, and the science community to exchange information on the characteristics of satellite-tracked winds and to optimize their use in several applications, including numerical weather prediction, nowcasting, and climate applications. The sequence of meetings began in Washington, D.C., in September 1991. Since then, meetings have been held in Tokyo, Japan, in December 1993; Ascona, Switzerland, in June 1996; and in Saanenmoser, Switzerland, in October 1998. This report describes the proceedings at the Fifth International Winds Workshop and includes the recommendations derived from the meeting.

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*EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, Germany.

+UW-CIMSS, Madison, Wisconsin.

#Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.