A-Spot Atmosphere

Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service


EUMETSAT provides data to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), which is operated by the ECMWF

A-Spot Atmosphere
A-Spot Atmosphere

The Copernicus atmosphere monitoring service (CAMS) provides continuous data and information on atmospheric composition.

Last Updated

29 November 2023

Published on

07 April 2020

The service, which is operated by the ECMWF, describes the current situation, forecasts the situation a few days ahead, and analyses data records for recent years.

The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service supports many applications in a variety of domains including health, environmental monitoring, renewable energies, meteorology, and climatology.

What is EUMETSAT's role?

EUMETSAT is already supporting CAMS through the provision of data and products from its own Meteosat and EPS/Metop satellite systems (e.g. ozone, carbon monoxide and other trace gases, aerosols) and additional atmospheric composition products extracted from observations of instruments on board the US Suomi-NPP satellite.

IASI - Gases - Examples of different atmospheric compounds retrieved from the IASI measurements: Ozone (for partial and total columns), nitric acid (HNO3), formic acid (HCOOH), methanol (CH3OH) and ammonia (NH3). Image Credit: Maya George/LATMOS

EUMETSAT will also operate and deliver data from the Copernicus Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 sounding missions dedicated to the monitoring of atmospheric composition from the geostationary and polar orbits.

These missions will be implemented as part of the EUMETSAT’s future satellite systems, Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and the EUMETSAT Polar System of Second Generation satellites (Metop-SG). The missions will be based on additional instruments flown on the MTG-S and Metop-SGA satellites, respectively.

On each spacecraft, there will be a unique synergy between the soundings performed in the UV, near and shortwave infrared by the Sentinel instrument and in the thermal infrared by a EUMETSAT hyperspectral instrument (IRS on MTG-S, developed by ESA and IASI-NG on Metop-SG developed by CNES).


EUMETSAT will deliver an integrated data stream combining Copernicus and its own atmospheric composition products, for the benefit of all users in the EU and EUMETSAT Member States.

"MTG and Metop-SG will improve the long-term record of satellite measurements with the guarantee of similar and compatible observations in the long term. The sounding missions on MTG will provide, for the first time, more frequent observations over the EU"

Cathy Clerbaux, LATMOS