The range of data and products derived from the EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) are invaluable for operational meteorology:
Satellite instrument data readout, beamed directly to an AHRPT reception station located within the view of the passing satellite. The Metop Direct Readout Service provide local user stations with the real-time transmission of data, limited to the instantaneous sub-satellite observation. The data source is the satellite as it passes over the user's field of view.
Global Data Service
Level 1 and Level 2 products derived from the Metop and NOAA satellite data, are processed within the EUMETSAT Application Ground Segment. These products have a global geographical coverage, and a delivery timeliness of 135 minutes (Level 1) and 180 minutes (Level 2) after the time of measurement. For the full range of global products, consult the Product Navigator.
Regional Data Service
Processed Level 0, Level 1 and Level 2 products derived from the Metop and NOAA satellite data, with a limited geographical coverage, but with an increased delivery timeliness of ca. 30 minutes after the time of measurement. The Regional Data Service is called the EUMETSAT Advanced Retransmission Service (EARS), and comprises of ATOVS, AVHRR, ASCAT and IASI data. For the full range of global products, consult the Product Navigator.
Access to EPS near real-time and offline data and products typically involves an initial registration process, via the EUMETSAT Earth Observation Portal.