July 5, 2012
EUMETSAT joins International Charter on Space and Major Disasters
Today, EUMETSAT Director-General Alain Ratier signed the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters.
The Charter promotes cooperation between space agencies and space system operators in the use of space facilities as a contribution to the management of crises arising from natural or technological disasters.
The main role of EUMETSAT will be to give access to EUMETSAT and other meteorological data for the Charter beneficiaries and to redistribute products from other Charter members, in particular post-disaster maps, in real time via the GEONETCast data dissemination system.
Together with other GEONETCast operational partners already members of the Charter, such as the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), EUMETSAT’s participation demonstrates the cohesive contribution of the meteorological community in support of disaster management before the event and in the post-disaster phase. .
For more information on the Charter, click here.
The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 26 European Member States (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and five Cooperating States (Bulgaria, Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania, and Serbia).
EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat-8 and -9 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-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.
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