EUMETSAT signs cooperation agreement with China State Oceanic Administration


Today’s signature of a cooperation agreement on the exchange of oceanographic satellite data between EUMETSAT and the China State Oceanic Administration’s (SOA’s) National Satellite Ocean Application Service (NSOAS) will further increase cooperation with China and create new opportunities for the oceanography user community.

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23 September 2020

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30 August 2012

The agreement was signed in Beijing by the EUMETSAT Director-General, Alain Ratier, and the Director of NSOAS, Jiang Xingwei, in the presence of the Administrator of SOA, Cigui Liu.

Under the agreement, EUMETSAT will provide data from the Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT) instruments flying on the Metop satellites as well as from the Jason-2 and Jason-3 ocean topography missions. In return, NSOAS/SOA will provide data from the HY-1 and HY-2 satellites, adding Chinese altimeter, radiometer, and scatterometer data to EUMETSAT’s portfolio of third party data. The cooperation will consolidate the position of EUMETSAT as a key data provider for the oceanography user community.

The agreement also covers cooperation on data processing, scientific activities, calibration and validation.

SOA is the second Chinese agency with which EUMETSAT has a cooperation agreement. EUMETSAT has been cooperating with the China Meteorological Administration since 1998.