September 14, 2010
Meteorological Satellite Conference in Cordoba
On 20-24 September 2010, meteorologists, scientists, and researchers will meet in Cordoba, Spain, for the 2010 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference, hosted and co-organised by the Agencia Estatal de Meteorologia (AEMET), the Spanish State Meteorological Agency.
Sessions will cover a wide range of subjects, including climate monitoring, Nowcasting, ocean observations and atmospheric composition, the main conference theme this year.
The constituents of the atmosphere at global and regional scales influence climate, air quality, stratospheric ozone, and precipitation, which in turn affect human health and the vitality of ecosystems. Research and observational activities based on satellite data, complementing ground-based measurements, are key to monitoring variability and trends and to assessing the state of processes affecting atmospheric composition. Understanding changes and their causes can be useful to decision-makers throughout the world.
The conference will be attended by some 400 participants from over 40 countries. The opening session on the first day of the conference will be addressed by Dr. Lars Prahm, Director-General of EUMETSAT, and Dr. Ricardo Garcia Herrera, President of AEMET. Among the notable guest speakers at the conference will be Professor Paul Crutzen, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1995 and best known for his research on ozone depletion.
The climate session will highlight the global aspects of satellite systems to increase understanding of the climate system and address the scientific issues involved. Earth observation satellites, in particular those of operational meteorological satellite programmes, are well-suited for monitoring climate because they provide constant and continuous, consistent long-term global observations needed for monitoring climate variability and trends.
Dr. Garcia Herrera will give a press conference (in Spanish) in the Pablo de Céspedes Room of the conference venue, Palacio de Congresos, with the participation of Dr. Prahm and Ernst Koenemann, EUMETSAT’s Director of Programme Development, at 11:00 on 20 September.
The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 25 European Member States (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and six Cooperating States (Bulgaria, Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania, Romania, and Serbia).
EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat-8 and -9 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-6 and -7 over the Indian Ocean.
Metop-A, the first European polar-orbiting meteorological satellite, was launched in October 2006 and has been delivering operational data since 15 May 2007.
The Jason-2 ocean altimetry satellite, launched on 20 June 2008, added ocean surface topography to the missions EUMETSAT conducts.
The data and products from EUMETSAT’s satellites make a significant contribution to weather forecasting and to the monitoring of the global climate.