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Our training activities prepare and support the user community to apply EUMETSAT data services and products, including Copernicus.

Last Updated

20 December 2021

Published on

24 July 2020

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Satellites monitor the weather and measure the weather-related parameters of the atmosphere, all over the globe. Satellite images give an overview of the location and movement of the clouds associated with the weather systems and manifestations such as cyclones, fronts, storms, fog, etc.

Measurements form satellite provide crucial information on global atmospheric temperature, humidity and wind, which is used in numerical weather prediction (NWP) models to forecast the weather conditions.

Both satellite and NWP data are used by weather forecasters, main target audience for weather-related satellite data applications training.

Training resources and tools

Basic satellite imagery interpretation (MetEd) in English and French (requires registration)
EUMeTrain resources
EUMeTrain ePort


Satellites play a crucial role in the observation of Earth's climate system: since the late 1970s a steadily increasing number of instruments aboard polar orbiting and geostationary satellites provide monitor the Earth's atmosphere, land surface and oceans. For some applications climate data need to fulfill high quality requirements in terms of e.g. calibration, accuracy, homogeneity over the entire time series covered. EUMETSAT and our Satellite Application Facilities (SAF) provide homogeneous, well calibrated, climate data records starting in the late 1970s.

For training on climate products, EUMETSAT and the SAFs collaborate closely. The training focuses on the characteristics of satellite based climate products, on data access, data handling and comparison with in-situ data, all using free and open software tools.

Training resources and tools

COMET Module: Basic climate analysis using the CM SAF R Toolbox

Currently being developed
COMET module on Climate Data Records
Online course on using satellite data for climate monitoring.

Atmospheric composition

Satellite data are fundamental to understand and monitor atmospheric composition at different scales, from air quality to climate worldwide.

We address a wide range of users, from science to downstream application developers that make use of atmospheric data EUMETSAT datasets. These include EUMETSAT missions, such as IASI and GOME-2 instruments, and Copernicus products and services, such as Sentinel5P, Sentinel-3 and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), in partnership with ESA and ECMWF.

New breakthrough observations will come with the Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 missions, and with the new EUMETSAT Polar System - Second Generation (EPS-SG) and Meteosat Third Generation (MTG).

Training resources and tools

A tangible uptake is our mission. Training addresses from basic science to data access, handling and development of user-drive applications. See and use Jupyter Notebook modules to handle principal datasets, plotting and developing workflows and watch this introductory video.

Check out our Atmospheric composition MOOC


Satellites designed to monitor the atmosphere see the surface most of the time through atmospheric windows of the solar and infrared spectra. Droughts, vegetation stress, surface moisture, changes caused by fires or deforestation are then monitored from the space to supply farmers and industry knowledge on soil trends.

Meteosat provides constant coverage for a portion of the Earth's soil, and the Sentinel satellites, with better spatial and spectral resolutions, carry instruments, which attract attention and demand training on their data manipulation.

Training resources and tools

Land SAF website
Land Surface Analysis: An introduction to the EUMETSAT LSA-SAF products (requires registration)


The oceans are both an essential part of the Earth system, enabling life to exist and are a vast resource to support the sustainable development of human society. As they cover 70% of the Earth, and need to be understood from physical, biological, and chemical perspectives, satellite data is an essential resource for measuring our oceans. EUMETSAT ocean training focuses, primarily, on Copernicus data from Sentinel-3, Sentinel-6, and supporting missions and services, including ocean colour, sea surface temperature, and altimetry, and their interdisciplinary applications in the marine domain.

Training resources and tools

Overview on how EUMETSAT supports the European Copernicus Earth Observation programme
Oceans MOOC
Python code supporting a range of workflows for Sentinel-3 data