EUMETSAT provides data to the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS), which is operated by Mercator Ocean International
The Earth observation satellites contributing data to Copernicus are split into two groups of missions: the Copernicus Sentinels and the contributing missions.
EUMETSAT provides data to the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS), which is operated by Mercator Ocean International.
Copernicus Sentinel-6: Monitoring the global ocean
The Copernicus Sentinel-6A Michael Freilich ocean-monitoring satellite was launched at 18:17 (CET) on November 2020 from Vandenberg air force base, California.
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EUMETSAT provides data to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), which is operated by ECMWF.
The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS ) provides continuous data and information about the oceans.
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The service, which is operated by Mercator Ocean International, provides regular information on the physical state, variability and dynamics of the ocean and marine ecosystems for the global ocean and the European regional seas.
The products and forecasts it delivers support four main application areas, marine resources, marine safety, coastal and marine environment and weather, climate and seasonal forecasting.
What is EUMETSAT's role?
EUMETSAT delivers a range of ocean products to CMEMS and its user community. This includes data and products from EUMETSAT's Metop and Meteosat satellite series, and from missions of EUMETSAT’s international partners.
After the successful launches of Sentinel-3A (16 February 2016) and Sentinel-3B (on 25 April 2015), EUMETSAT’s role is to operate the satellites, in cooperation with ESA, and deliver the marine data (ocean colour, sea surface temperature and sea surface topography) on behalf of the EU.
"For oceanography, Sentinel-3 is perhaps the most beautiful satellite ever built"
Hans Bonecamp, Remote Sensing Scientist, EUMETSAT
EUMETSAT is also delivering data to Copernicus from the Jason-3 ocean altimetry satellite. Jason-3 is the result of an international partnership between EUMETSAT, CNES, NOAA, NASA and the European Union, which funds European contributions to Jason-3 as part of the Copernicus programme.
Jason-3 is the fourth in the series of US/European ocean altimetry satellites that together have built up a time series of global mean sea level that dates back to 1992. The Jason satellites fulfill a key role as the reference mission against which ocean altimeters onboard other satellites, such as Sentinel-3, are calibrated.
The follow on from Jason-3 is the Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission which will be implemented by two successive Sentinel-6 high-precision radar altimetry satellites. These satellites will be operated by EUMETSAT and will continue from 2020 the high accuracy ocean surface topography measurements of Jason-3.
EUMETSAT will deliver marine data and support services from a constellation of ocean monitoring satellites until 2035 - including Sentinel-3, Jason-3 and Sentinel-6 and also from its own satellite missions.
Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich undergoes rigorous testing
Once the state-of-the-art Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite launches in November, it will collect the most accurate data yet on sea level — a key indicator of how Earth's warming climate is affecting the oceans, weather and coastlines.