Start of parallel dissemination of IODC Meteosat-8 data in October 2016

The distribution of IODC Meteosat-8 data, in parallel to Meteosat-7 data, started on 4 October.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

At its 85th session, the EUMETSAT Council approved the move of Meteosat-8 over the Indian Ocean, to 41.5° E longitude, to establish the MSG Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC) services.

Meteosat-8 started its drift towards 41.5° E early in July and reached its new position on 21 September after an 80-day journey.

Animation of imagery during the drift (Note: The loop is composed of images that are not Image Products and has been produced for illustrative purposes only. It should not be considered for meteorological or scientific use.)

The IODC Meteosat-8 data will be distributed in parallel to the Meteosat-7 data as follows:

  • On EUMETCast Europe: from 4 October 2016 for the image data and from 21 October 2016 for the meteorological products,
  • On the GTS: from 21 October 2016 for a sub-set of meteorological products.
  • On EUMETCast Africa: starting 8 November 2016 — see EUMETCast channel changes below.

The parallel dissemination on both EUMETCast and the GTS is currently planned to stop towards the end of March 2017, with exact date to be confirmed in due course.

The EUMETCast Satellite distribution will be initially on the following channels:

  • For the image data: E1B-GEO-1 (PID: 301, Multicast address:
  • For the Meteorological products: E1B-GEO-2 (PID: 301, Multicast address:

On 8 November 2016, in order to enable the dissemination to Africa, the channel configuration will change as follows:

  • For the image data: E1B-GEO-1 (PID: 301, Multicast address:
  • For the Meteorological products: E1B-GEO-2 (PID: 301, Multicast address:

EUMETCast example filenames:

See the following document for the Meteosat-8 Bulletin headers.

Users wishing to receive the Meteosat-8 parallel data stream on EUMETCast should register for ‘41.5° E Indian Ocean Data Coverage’ data via our Earth Observation Portal (EOP).

IODC Meteosat-8 test data, rectified to 41.5° E, are available on our FTP server:

They comprise:

  • Level 1.5 image data
  • Meteorological products for EUMETCast
  • Meteorological products for the GTS

These data should be used for testing purposes only.

In the first quarter of 2017, Meteosat-8 will eventually replace Meteosat-7 which will be moved to its graveyard orbit. Further information will be provided in due course.

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