July 22, 2011
Group for Earth Observation’s visit to EUMETSAT
On Thursday, 7 July 2011, EUMETSAT received 29 members of the Group for Earth Observation (GEO) from across Europe.
The group had previously visited EUMETSAT in 2007 and due to the positive and enriching experience were keen to return to hear and witness how the organisation and its programmes are or will be developing. During their two-day trip to Germany, the members of the group also spent time at EUMETSAT’s Primary Ground Station in Usingen and visited ESOC (ESA’s Space Operations Centre) in Darmstadt.
GEO was set up by and for amateur meteorological enthusiasts and now has several hundred members from 30 countries. The group shares ideas and information about developments in meteorology, the technology behind the data provided by EUMETSAT, and the hard- and software available to enhance their own individual weather stations. GEO publishes its own quarterly magazine to which members contribute weather-related stories, experiences, observations and tips.
The visit to EUMETSAT was organised on the request of GEO to give members of the group the opportunity to experience EUMETSAT’s extensive facilities and to learn about current and future EUMETSAT programmes. GEO’s day began with a welcome address by Mikael Rattenborg, Director of Operations, and was followed by presentations on Meteosat, Metop, MTG, NPP, enhancements to the User Notification Service and the evolution of EUMETCast given by expert members of staff. The group was also taken on guided tours of both the Data Centre and the Control Centres during the course of the day.