European Meteorological Infrastructure (EMI)

As part of the European Meteorological Infrastructure (EMI), EUMETSAT responds to the evolving needs of the National Meteorological Services (NMS) of our Member States and Cooperating States.

EUMETSAT is a member of the network of operational meteorological organisations responsible for implementing the European Meteorological Infrastructure (EMI). Fellow members comprise the European Meteorological Network (EUMETNET), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), and the Member States’ National Meteorological Services (NMS).

Working in close co-operation, the network members deploy the operational infrastructures and resources required to provide Europe with a comprehensive meteorological system, including ground-based measurements (NMS and EUMETNET), Numerical Weather Prediction models (NMS and ECMWF) and space-based observations (EUMETSAT).

Being a member of EMI ensures that the investments made by Member States in the organisation are optimised with the investments made in the partner organisations of the EMI, so that the maximum benefit is obtained from their overall contribution in observation and modelling capabilities.

European meteorological network (EUMETNET)

SIR EUMETNETOne of the building blocks of the EMI, EUMETNET is a network of 31 European National Meteorological Services (NMS). It provides a framework for organising cooperative programmes between NMS for a range of meteorological activities, including observing systems, data processing, basic forecasting products, research and development and training.

The activities of EUMETSAT and EUMETNET are complementary and the organisations maintain close contact. EUMETNET is responsible for in-situ observing systems, which complement EUMETSAT's satellite observation systems to provide NMS with optimum information for their activities. EUMETSAT holds observer status at the EUMETNET Council and vice versa. EUMETSAT is also an observer at the EUMETNET Policy and Finance Advisory Committee (PFAC) and the Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC).

EUMETSAT participates in the European Virtual Organisation for Meteorological Training (EUMETCAL) initiative, lead by EUMETNET. EUMETCAL enables European NMS to enhance their training capabilities through the development and provision of virtual training tools, an extensive virtual training library, training workshops, interactive learning modules and an integrated programme of learning courses.

Since 2010, EUMETSAT is a formal participant in the EUMETRep programme. This optional EUMETNET programme aims to represent the interests of EUMETNET members to the European Union institutions.

For more information, please visit the EUMETNET Homepage.

European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF)

SIR ECMWFThe ECMWF is an independent international organisation supported by 34 States.

ECMWF’s core mission is to:

  • Produce numerical weather forecasts and monitor the Earth-system;
  • Carry out scientific and technical research to improve forecast skill;
  • and to maintain an archive of meteorological data.

In order to deliver this core mission, the Centre provides twice-daily global numerical weather forecasts; air quality analysis, atmospheric composition monitoring, climate monitoring, ocean circulation analysis and hydrological prediction. Further, ECMWF operates two services on behalf of the European Union: the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service and the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

ECMWF is one of the major users of EUMETSAT data and products, which serve as key inputs to its weather forecasting models. ECMWF has recently demonstrated the growing importance of satellite data assimilated in Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models.

EUMETSAT and ECMWF maintain a strong relationship, and meet and exchange information on a regular basis. EUMETSAT holds observer status at the ECMWF Council and vice versa. This strong cooperation facilitates the generation and production of a comprehensive range of meteorological, oceanographic and atmospheric products, whose quality is recognised and valued world-wide.

EUMETSAT and ECMWF are also developing relationships in the context of Copernicus, as ECMWF is the delegated entity for operating the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring and Climate Change services. EUMETSAT is the main space data provider of these services through its own satellites, the Sentinels operated by EUMETSAT and third-part missions. 

For more information, please visit the ECMWF Homepage.

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