Data Policy A Spot

Changes to the EUMETSAT Data Policy

Data Policy A Spot
Data Policy A Spot

A number of changes to the EUMETSAT Data Policy come into force in January 2019, with direct implications for users of EUMETSAT data.

Last Updated

21 September 2020

Published on

14 January 2019

At its 89th Meeting in July 2018, the EUMETSAT Council approved the following main changes to the EUMETSAT Data Policy:

  • Hourly Meteosat data will become ‘Essential’ (i.e. they will no longer be subject to licensing).
  • Licensing for Meteosat data services will become driven by data latency (less than three hours/more than three hours) rather than time sampling.
  • The artificial degradation of the resolution of on line Meteosat visualisation services that do not provide access to the original numerical data will be eliminated.
  • The number of commercial license types/data usage categories for non-essential Meteosat data will be reduced, based on two flat fees, one for service providers/broadcasters and one for end users.
  • One single free-of-charge blanket license will be offered for all Metop data that are not ‘Essential’ but available without charge to all users.
  • Payment for decryption keys will, in principle, be abolished.

The updated Data Policy is available on our website.

The implementation of the Data Policy changes will take effect on 15 January 2019 and will consist of the following:

  • Update of our Earth Observation Portal (EOP) :
    • Users holding an EOP account will be requested to accept a new set of Terms and Conditions when returning to their account after 15 January. This new set of Terms and Conditions will cover the access to non-essential Meteosat data with a latency of more than three hours and non-Essential Metop data and products (see Licence for access to Meteosat data _ 3hr latency and EUMETSAT Metop data ).
    • Payment for decryption keys will no longer be required.
  • EUMETCast:
    • Users currently subscribed to Meteosat 3-hourly data via EUMETCast will be given automatic access to Meteosat hourly data.
    • Users wanting to access Meteosat data with a latency of less than three hours will follow the usual registration to receive the data via EUMETCast and will be licensed accordingly.
  • EUMETView and Real-Time Imagery service: Meteosat hourly images will be available, as well as quarter-hourly images with a latency of more than three hours.
  • FTP service: Users currently actively downloading Meteosat Low Rate 3-hourly data will be given automatic access to the Meteosat Low Rate hourly data.
  • Data Centre: Data with a latency of more than three hours will be accessible from the EUMETSAT Data Centre.

For any questions, contact our User Service Helpdesk.