The EUMETSAT Council has agreed to open four pilot 'big data' services to all users of the organisation’s meteorological and climate data in Autumn 2019.
Tuesday, 02 July 2019
A common cloud infrastructure and data 'lake' will feed pilot online data access services, multi-casting services via a broadband terrestrial network, advanced web map services and online product customisation services.
Building on the validation of pathfinder big data services by national meteorological services, the open pilot phase will bring EUMETSAT big data services to full operational status by mid-2021. In the meantime, EUMETSAT plans to open a fifth pilot service for hosted processing, building on the experience gained in the operational exploitation of the WEkEO Copernicus Data and Information Access Service (DIAS) platform deployed in partnership with ECMWF and Mercator-Ocean International.
Meeting in Darmstadt last week, the Council also agreed to re-plan the integration and test sequence of the Metop-SG B1 satellite and to postpone its launch until the end of 2023, one year after the launch of the Metop-SG A1 satellite. This was necessary to eliminate conflicts of resources arising from launch dates of both satellites too close together. The twin satellite configuration of the EUMETSAT Polar System — Second Generation (EPS-SG) will thus be fully deployed in early 2024, after the launch of Metop-SGA1 at the end of 2022 and Metop-SG B1 at the end of 2023.
The Council also agreed to invest in the construction of a 44-place on-site childcare facility, with the objective of opening the service for its staff in January 2022.
“This decision of our Council is another important step in the development of our family policy, an essential feature of the attractiveness of EUMETSAT for young professionals wishing to contribute to our unique mission in a supportive, inclusive environment,” Director-General Alain Ratier said.
Finally, a new contract for power supply approved by the Council will ensure 100 percent 'green' renewable energy will power the EUMETSAT headquarters from November this year.
The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom).
EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat -9, -10 and -11 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-8 over the Indian Ocean.
EUMETSAT operates a constellation of three Metop polar-orbiting satellites as part of the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) shared with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The data and products from EUMETSAT’s satellites are vital to weather forecasting and make a significant contribution to the monitoring of environment and climate change.
The European Union has entrusted EUMETSAT with exploiting the four Sentinel missions of Copernicus dedicated to the monitoring of atmosphere, ocean and climate on its behalf. EUMETSAT carries out these tasks in cooperation with ESA and already exploits the Sentinel-3 marine mission.
EUMETSAT has established cooperation with operators of Earth Observation satellites from Europe and from China, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States.
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