EUMETSAT – Monitoring the weather and climate from space
EUMETSAT is Europe’s operational satellite agency for monitoring the weather and climate, which have increasing impacts on our society and our economy. EUMETSAT acts on behalf of 29 Member States and two Cooperating States from its headquarters in Darmstadt.
EUMETSAT operates four geostationary Meteosat spacecraft over Europe, Africa and the Indian Ocean, providing frequent observations vital for severe weather warnings, and two Metop polar orbiting satellites, which give access to a unique wealth of ocean, land and atmospheric parameters that are essential for forecasting of high impact weather up to ten days in advance. Reprocessing and cross calibration of long series of data from both systems provide unique climate data records to climate scientists. EUMETSAT also supports the development of operational oceanography in Europe through observations of sea surface topography and sea state gathered by the Jason-2 satellite and selected observations from the Metop and Meteosat satellites. This role will expand in 2015 when EUMETSAT becomes the operator of the EU’s Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite. EUMETSAT delivers real-time, integrated data streams to users worldwide and makes its archive with over 30 years of observations available to research and operational users.