Meteosat-8’s new position benefits Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

EUMETSAT held an information day for the countries in the Eastern Europe, southern Caucasian and Central Asian regions in Minsk, Belarus, on 6-7 April 2017.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

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EUMETSAT supplies these countries with data and products from its own satellites and those of the EU’s Copernicus environmental monitoring Earth observation programme.

The meeting’s aim was to enable the countries to maximise the benefits from the operational use of the data and products for weather forecasting and climate and environment monitoring.

Last year, EUMETSAT moved the first of its Meteosat Second Generation satellites, Meteosat-8, from 3.5°E to 41.5°E as the organisation’s contribution to multi-partner Indian Ocean Data Coverage service. This new position offers unprecedented observation capacities over the Eastern Europe, Caucasian and Central Asia regions.

EUMETSAT’s Director-General, Alain Ratier, said: “From 41.5°E, and with the increased observation frequency, spatial and spectral resolution of a Meteosat Second Generation satellite, Meteosat-8 offers an immediate opportunity to improve weather forecasts in the full region. To make this happen, EUMETSAT will support training events organised in May and June by the Turkish State Meteorological Service and the WMO Regional Centre of Excellence for Training Satellite Meteorology of Saint Petersburg.”

The First Deputy Head of the Centre of Hydrometeorology, Control of Radioactive Contamination and Environmental Monitoring, Mrs Maria Germenchuck said: “Belarus hosts the new Eurasian WMO sub-regional office. As satellite data play a key role for the provision of weather and climate services in the region, we are looking forward to this office facilitating a continuous cooperation with EUMETSAT in the years to come for the benefit of the NMHS in the regions.”

During the information day, the NMHS reported on their current use of the satellite data. The upgrading of NMHS’ EUMETCast reception stations, installed previously as part of the “Data Access for Western Balkan and Eastern Europe” (DAWBEE) and “Satellite Data Access for Central Asia (SADCA)” projects, to ensure continuous operational access to satellite data and information, was also discussed.

EUMETSAT presented the Copernicus marine data that are now available on EUMETCast and offer new observation capacities for the monitoring of the Black and Caspian seas.

The information day, co-organised by Belarus Centre of Hydrometeorology and Control of Radioactive Contamination and Environmental Monitoring under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, is part of EUMETSAT’s regular dialogue with users of its data in the regions.

Representatives from the NMHS of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, attended the meeting.