Metop - Second Generation
Continuing high quality observations from polar orbit
Metop - Second Generation (Metop-SG) is EUMETSAT's next generation of polar-orbiting satellites, following on from earlier successful missions.
15, December 2020
This next generation, following on from EUMETSAT Polar System programme, will secure the continuation of meteorological observations from the polar orbit in the 2023-2043 timeframe. It will bring observations to a new standard, through the suite of innovative European instruments flown on the Metop-SG spacecraft.
The mission (known the EUMETSAT Polar System-Second Generation or EPS-SG) is composed of two series of spacecraft, Metop-SG A and B, flying on the same mid-morning orbit, like the current Metop satellites. The orbit height is in the range 823-848 (dependent on latitudes). There will be three satellites each of Metop-SG A and Metop-SG B.
Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer - New Generation (IASI-NG) is a passive infrared sounder.
The EPS-SG Multi-Viewing Multi-Channel Multi-Polarisation Imaging (3MI) instrument is a passive optical radiometer.
Ice Cloud Imager
The Ice Cloud Imager (ICI) instrument is a conically scanning millimetre/sub-millimetre wave radiometer.
The Scatterometer (SCA) is a real aperture, side-looking radar, emitting microwave radiation towards the Earth's surface.
The Radio Occultation (RO) instrument is a passive instrument measuring the time variation of the excess path length of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals.
The existing multi-mission dissemination and delivery mechanisms are being evolved to deliver the future EPS-SG data to users.
EPS-SG user test data
In order for users to prepare for EPS-SG, format familiarisation test data packages have been prepared and are ready for release.
Characterisation of ocean surface roughness in NWP
This study aims to investigate how alternative scatterometer observations to the currently used wind vectors can be assimilated in Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP)
Snow cover/Extent Demonstrator from Optical Sensors (SEDOS)
SEDOS is developing a prototype processor for generation of snow extent products from Metop-SG/METimage.
Our training activities prepare and support the user community to apply EUMETSAT data services and products, including Copernicus.