Data

EUMETSAT delivers agreed data, products and support services to our Member States and users worldwide – both from our own programmes as well as third party programmes.

A list of all EUMETSAT and Third Party products can be found in our data catalogue, called the Product Navigator.

They can be accessed and ordered from the EUMETSAT Data Centre via our Earth Observation Portal (EOP).

All our data and products follow particular Data Standards

Our Technical Bulletins includes updates about the Data Centre and EUMETCast.

Our training team travels the world instructing users in how to get the most out of using our satellite data and products.

Data Standards

We are continually exploreing new and more efficient ways of sharing our expertise and data among users and partners.

OGC

We are an Associate Member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international industry consortium of 384 companies, government agencies and universities, participating in a consensus process to develop publicly-available interface standards.

OGC associate member logoOGC manages a global consensus process, that results in approved interface and encoding specifications, enabling interoperability among, and between, diverse geospatial data stores, services, and applications. Its members include universities; Federal and local government agencies; earth imaging vendors and database software and computing platform vendors. OGC facilitates agreements on OpenGIS® Standards for interfaces, schemas and architectures. Systems implementing OpenGIS standards can interoperate, providing essential infrastructure and a network of geospatial resources, that is thoroughly integrated into the web.

OpenGIS® Standards support interoperable solutions that 'geo-enable' the web via wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. These enable technology developers to make complex spatial information and services available across multiple applications. For example, the Product Navigator is the online access point to all EUMETSAT services and data, where various tools help users search across metadata attributes. A number of combinations, such as spatial extent, content type, data format and keywords can be used for query definitions. By applying OGC's interoperable interface specifications users can discover, search and order, or subscribe, to EUMETSAT data from partner agencies, plus partner agencies can gain access to EUMETSAT services.

HMA

Heterogeneous Missions Accessibility (HMA) aims to establish harmonised access to heterogeneous Earth Observation (EO) missions’ data from multiple mission ground segments, including national missions and Sentinel missions. HMA LogoHMA's goal is to do this by standardising the ground segment interfaces of the satellite missions. HMA is managed by the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security organisation.

The Need for Standardisation

The number of missions contributing to the observation capacity over Europe votal for critical services, can easily go above a dozen for each service. To reduce the burden for the planners and operators, a high level of interoperability across the mission ground segments must be established.

Partnership with EUMETSAT

EUMETSAT is a partner in the HMA project, helping ensure reliable data access and interoperability between meteorological missions. EUMETSAT has full voting rights within the HMA.

The project focuses on defining and providing five interfaces:

  1. Catalogue Service — browsing and retrieving metadata on collections and products across collaborating HMA catalogues.
  2. Ordering Service — for products identified in a catalogue.
  3. Programming Service — submitting requests for new acquisitions to the HMA partner missions’ ground segments.
  4. Mission Planning Service — facilitating preparation of programming requests.
  5. Online Data Access Services — retrieving products from the online access archives offered through the HMA.

EUMETSAT currently provides interfaces 1,2 and 5 via HMA Portal. Pending further agreements, HMA partners' data may be made accessible via the Earth Observation Portal (EOP).

Long-Term Objectives

Rapid and reliable access to time-sensitive information is a significant strategic resource for any community. The Earth Observation (EO) interoperability benefits are linked to the following high-level objectives:

  • Manage and reduce technical risks in EO systems and operations.
  • Manage and reduce cost of EO systems and operations.
  • Establish the baseline for the development of the European Space infrastructure capable of harmonising and exploiting relevant national initiatives and assets.
  • Allow interoperability within, and across, organisations.
  • Increase competitiveness of European Space (and downstream) industries.
  • Maintain the leadership in EO systems and operations, and avoid the emergence of undesirable standards.
  • Ensure that technology drivers for the European Guaranteed Access to Space are lead by European requirements.

The overall aim of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative is to support Europe’s goals regarding sustainable development and global governance — by providing timely and quality data, information and knowledge. GMES is based on observation data received from Earth Observation satellites and ground-based information. GMES is also the European contribution to the worldwide monitoring and management of the environment within the Group on Earth Observation. GEO's goal is to address the information requirements for the environment on a global scale. This will be achieved via a 10-year implementation plan of an integrated Global Earth Observation System of Systems