July 9, 2012
EUMETSAT Council progresses towards the future
EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, held its 76th Council meeting in Darmstadt, Germany, on 5 and 6 July.
The Council progressed with the approval process for the EUMETSAT Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG) Preparatory Programme, where the sum of contributions from Member States now exceeds 90 per cent. Council agreed to authorise the start of the EPS-SG Preparatory Programme activities in August once a funding level of 95 per cent is reached.
The Council also decided to include the Ice Cloud Imaging Instrument in the payload of the second line of Metop-SG satellites to fulfil user requirements.
The Council took steps towards Jason-CS by confirming that the proposed Jason-CS programme is in line with the convention and asked the Director-General to prepare a full programme proposal.
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.