The Copernicus Climate Service (C3S) is operated by ECMWF and will provide information to increase the knowledge base needed to support adaption and mitigation policies.

In particular, it will contribute to the provision of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), climate analyses, projections and indicators.

What is EUMETSAT’s role?

EUMETSAT will contribute to the C3S service through the re-calibration and cross calibration of long series of observations from its satellites, dating back to 1981.

In preparation for the C3S, EUMETSAT is contributing to dedicated precursor projects such as QA4ECV and SCOPE-CM, which are funded by the EU (7th Research Framework/Horizon 2020 programme).

"The service will combine observations of the climate system with the latest science to develop authoritative, quality-assured information about past, current and future states of the climate in Europe and worldwide"

Dr. Jean-Noël Thépaut, Head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service

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EUMETSAT will also maintain an inventory of ECVs generated by space agency members of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), in cooperation with ESA.

The EUMETSAT network of Satellite Application Facilities will also deliver Climate Data Records for use in climate services.

A unique archive for data preservation

With almost 35 years of data from operational meteorological satellites and a volume of 1.4 Petabytes (PB), the EUMETSAT archives host some of the world’s longest data records collected by satellites and constitute an invaluable asset for climate monitoring and the understanding of climate change.

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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 21 September 2016


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