Data Licensing

Under the EUMETSAT Data Policy, data, products and services derived from our satellites are subject to licensing terms and conditions.

What is the EUMETSAT Data Policy?

The Data Policy is based on the EUMETSAT Principles on Data Policy, as laid down in Council Resolution EUM/C/98/Res.IV and amended in Council Resolutions EUM/C/57/05/Res. III and EUM/C/72/11/Res. VIII.

These principles provide the legal framework for the use of the data, products and services and protect against unauthorised use. A set of 'Essential' EUMETSAT Data is freely available to all users, as defined in the EUMETSAT Data Policy. All 'non-essential' data, as defined by the EUMETSAT Data Policy, are subject to T&C. The type of licence required depends upon the selected Data Usage and the set of Non-essential, or Licensed Data you wish to receive.

EUMETSAT's Data Policy (PDF, 219 KB)

What are Non-essential or Licensed Data?

This table provides the list of the data subject to licensing terms and conditions.

Data subject to licensing terms and conditions
Category Service Timeliness (repeat cycles/slots)
Near Real-time Data Services Meteosat Rapid Scanning Service 5-min
  Meteosat High Rate SEVIRI 15-min, 30-min and 1-hourly
  Meteosat Low Rate SEVIRI 30-min and 1-hourly
  Metop Global IASI Level 1 All Spectral Samples 135 minutes
  Metop Global GOME Level 1 135 minutes
  Metop Global ASCAT Level 1 135 minutes
Archived/Historical Data Service Meteosat archived data — the complete historical archive of Meteosat first and second generation image data Data older than 24 hours

Which type of 'Data Usage' is relevant for me?

The Meteosat Data Policy provides a set of definitions of usage categories ('Data Usage'). During the registration process you are requested to select the 'Data Usage' most relevant to your intended use of the licensed data:

  • Personal Use — Any use of an item from the Meteosat Catalogue solely for personal non-commercial purposes, without transmission or redistribution of these data, products and services to any further third party, or use of them to generate a Value Added Service.
  • Educational Use — Any use of an item from the Meteosat Catalogue solely for educational non-commercial purposes, without transmission or redistribution of these data, products and services to any further third party, or use of them to generate a Value Added Service.
  • Research Project — Any project organised for non-commercial research purposes only. A necessary condition for the recognition of non-commercial purposes is that all the results obtained are openly available at delivery costs only, without any delay linked to commercial objectives, and that the research itself is submitted for open publication.
  • Broadcaster — Those users who disseminate an item from the Meteosat Catalogue or images based on Meteosat Data through electronic public information systems including, but not limited to, Internet, terrestrial and satellite transmissions.
  • End User — Those users who use an item from the Meteosat Catalogue for their own commercial or industrial purposes and do not pass on such item to any further user or use it to generate a Value Added Service.
  • Service Provider — Those users who acquire an item from the Meteosat Catalogue in order to supply Value Added Services under specific licence conditions to a third party clearly identified and known to the Service Provider.
  • NMS (National Meteorological Service) — Service responsible at national level, in conformity with its legal status, for the gathering, classification and production of meteorological information in the national interest, and responsible at international level for participating in WMO programmes.
  • Official Duty Use — All activities which take place within the organisation of a NMS and external activities of a NMS resulting from legal, governmental or intergovernmental requirements relating to defence, civil aviation and the safety of life and property.
  • Manufacturer — Those users who manufacture receiving equipment for EUMETSAT Data and/or software to process these data. The usage of the EUMETSAT data is limited to testing of the receiving equipment or processing software.
  • Copernicus users have a specific data usage category relevant to their activities.

What is the licensing process?

The licensing process forms part of the general registration process, please visit the Earth Observation Portal (EOP).

Based upon the information provided during the registration process, the most appropriate licence type is determined. Depending upon your Data Usage and your country of residence, you may be asked to acknowledge licensing terms and conditions online as part of this registration process. For certain types of data usage you will be requested to counter-sign a printed licence provided by EUMETSAT, or one of the Member State/Cooperating State Licensing Agents.

My licence is about to expire. Can I renew it?

Typically a licence for the use of near real-time data is valid for a period of up to three years. Some licences, e.g. licences for the use of archived data, are valid for an indefinite period. All time-limited licences can be renewed subject to the re-acceptance of the relevant licensing terms and conditions. To renew your licence, please log in to the EO Portal and navigate to your 'Licences'. From here you can request a licence renewal.

Fees for Commercial Users

The Data Policy contains the annual EUMETSAT fees (PDF, 219 KB) applicable to commercial and other users for non-Essential HRI Data and High Rate SEVIRI Data. These fees are regularly reviewed by the EUMETSAT Council.

The fees for the use of non-Essential Low Rate SEVIRI Data by commercial and other users shall be 75% of the corresponding fees for use of High Rate SEVIRI Data.

The fees are based on the following considerations:

  • All Service Providers shall be charged a basic fee.
  • In cases where a Service Provider wishes to retransmit Meteosat Data without transformation to End Users, an additional fee shall be charged per end user equivalent to 75% of the End User fee for direct reception in accordance with the attached Table.
  • When a Service Provider wishes to broadcast, or to supply for broadcasting, Meteosat Data, or images based on Meteosat Data, an additional fee shall be charged per channel, website and Application.
  • All Broadcasters or Service Providers receiving Meteosat Data directly shall be charged a basic fee and an additional fee per TV channel depending on the size of the Actual Audience; per Service Provider or Broadcaster running web site(s) depending on the number of page consultations made to the web site(s) and per Service Provider or Broadcaster running Application(s) depending on the number of Application downloads.
  • Licences to Service Providers will allow redistribution of Meteosat Data to another Service Provider only if this other Service Provider has the appropriate licence with EUMETSAT or one of its Exclusive Licensing Agents.

Licensing Agents

If you would like to discuss potential licensing condition and/or licensing fees prior to registration, please contact our User Service Helpdesk or your relevant licensing agent. If you reside outside of a Member State or Cooperating State country, your licensing needs will be handled directly by EUMETSAT. The following table indicates the points of contact.

Licensing Agents in EUMETSAT Member and Cooperating States
Country Meteorological Service Name Telephone Fax Email
Austria Zentralanstaltfür Meteorologie und Geodynamik Martin Kober +43 1360262009 +43 13691233 Email
Belgium Institut Royal Météorologique Marc Christiaens +32 23730515 +32 23730397 Email
Bulgaria National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology Christo Georgiev +359 29753986/87 Ext.397 +359 29880380 or 9884494 Email
Croatia Meteorological and Hydrological Service of Croatia Natasa Strelec Mahovic +385 1 4565 772 +385 1 4565 757 Email
Czech Republic Czech Hydrometeorological Institute Ondřej Nedělče +420 244033238 +420 244032442 Email
Denmark Danish Meteorological Institute Søren Olufsen +45 39157270 +45 39270684 Email
Estonia Estonian Environment Agency Valeria Siirand +372 666 0923 - Email
Finland Finnish Meteorological Institute Maija-Liisa Honkola +358 295396485 +358 295392303 Email
France Météo-France Alexis Courbière +33 177947099 +33 177947040 Email
Germany Deutscher Wetterdienst Susanne Sanchez Penzo +49 6980624478 +49 6980623687 Email
Greece Hellenic National Meteorological Service (EMY) Georgios Haritakis +30 210 9699052 +30 210 9649646 Email
Hungary Hungarian Meteorological Service Zsófia Kocsis +36 13464616 +36 13464629 Email
Iceland Icelandic Met Office Ingvar Kristinsson +354 5226070 +354 5226001 Email
Ireland Met. Éireann Brian Delaney +353-1-8064244 +353-1-8064216 Email
Italy Centro Operativo per la Meteorologia Guido Guidi +39 0691293231 +39 0691292457 Email
Latvia Latvian Environmental, Geological and Meteorological Agency Danute Sneidere-Dumberga +371 7144390 +371 7145154 Email
Lithuania Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service Audrone Pupeliene +37 0527 15055 +37 0527 28874 Email
Luxembourg Administration de la Navigation Aérienne Martina Reckwerth +352 62181720 - Email
Netherlands Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut Frank Lantsheer +31 302206527 +31 302210407 Email
Norway Norwegian Meteorological Institute Kristin Lyng +47 22963082 +47 22963050 Email
Poland Institute of Meteorology and Water Management Monika Pajek +48 126398190 +48 126398201 Email
Portugal Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, I.P. Ms Vânia Lopes +351 218447000 +351 218461902 Email
Romania National Meteorological Administration Andrei Diamandi +40 21 3163116 Ext 105 +40 21 3163143 Email
Serbia National Meteorological Administration Diana Mijuskovic +381 11 30 50 864 +381 11 30 50 847 Email
Slovakia Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute Vladimir Pastircák +421 2594153526 +421 254773620 Email
Slovenia Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia Branko Gregorčič +386 1 4784135 +386 1 4784033 Email
Spain Agencia Estatal de Meteorología Francisco Pascual +34 915819642 +34 915819896 Email
Sweden Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute Marcus Flarup +46 114958277 +46 114958000 Email
Switzerland MeteoSwiss Marco Gaia +41 442569263 +41 442569278 Email
Turkey Devlet Meteoroloji Isleri Meral Leman Cukurcayir +90 3123022621 +90 3123593430 Email
UK Met Office Alex Longden +44 1392884362 +44 1392885681 Email

 

Fees

Annual EUMETSAT fees for commercial and other users
Data Frequency End User Broadcaster - Basic Broadcaster - Additional (Broadcasting images from Meteosat data) Service Provider - Basic Service Provider - Additional (Re-transmitting Meteosat data without transformation to end users) Service Provider - Additional (Broadcasting images from Meteosat data/Supplying broadcasters with Meteosat data or images based on Meteosat data)
Full set (1/4 hourly) 6 KEUR End User fee according to data frequency requested a) Fee per channel: EUR 75 per 10,000 actual audience*3 with a minimum of EUR 250 and a maximum of KEUR 15.
b) Fee per Broadcaster running web site(s): EUR 75 per 10,000 page consultations*4 accumulated over one year with a minimum of EUR 250 and a maximum of KEUR 30.
0.5% of Service Provider turnover*2 max. KEUR 18, min. KEUR 6 n*1 x 75% of the relevant end user fee a) Fee per channel: EUR 75 per 10,000 actual audience*3 with a minimum of EUR 250 and a maximum of KEUR 15.
b) Fee per Service Provider or Broadcaster running web site(s): EUR 75 per 10,000 page consultations*4 accumulated over one year with a minimum of EUR 250 and a maximum of KEUR 30.
1/2 hourly data 4 KEUR End User fee according to data frequency requested a) Fee per channel: EUR 75 per 10,000 actual audience*3 with a minimum of EUR 250 and a maximum of KEUR 15.
b) Fee per Broadcaster running web site(s): EUR 75 per 10,000 page consultations*4 accumulated over one year with a minimum of EUR 250 and a maximum of KEUR 30.
0.5% of Service Provider turnover*2 max. KEUR 12, min. KEUR 4 n*1 x 75% of the relevant end user fee a) Fee per channel: EUR 75 per 10,000 actual audience*3 with a minimum of EUR 250 and a maximum of KEUR 15.
b) Fee per Service Provider or Broadcaster running web site(s): EUR 75 per 10,000 page consultations*4 accumulated over one year with a minimum of EUR 250 and a maximum of KEUR 30.
1 hourly data 2 KEUR End User fee according to data frequency requested a) Fee per channel: EUR 75 per 10,000 actual audience*3 with a minimum of EUR 250 and a maximum of KEUR 15.
b) Fee per Broadcaster running web site(s): EUR 75 per 10,000 page consultations*4 accumulated over one year with a minimum of EUR 250 and a maximum of KEUR 30.
0.5% of Service Provider turnover*2 max. KEUR 6, min. KEUR 2 n*1 x 75% of the relevant end user fee a) Fee per channel: EUR 75 per 10,000 actual audience*3 with a minimum of EUR 250 and a maximum of KEUR 15.
b) Fee per Service Provider or Broadcaster running web site(s): EUR 75 per 10,000 page consultations*4 accumulated over one year with a minimum of EUR 250 and a maximum of KEUR 30.

*1 — n = number of end users
*2 — Turnover means the meteorological turnover, being the total annual revenue derived from the commercial activity in any way based on meteorological data and products acquired by the Service Provider (excluding revenue derived from services to civil aviation in accordance with the ICAO Convention, Annex III). Should the turnover figures not be available, the maximum fee will apply.
*3 — Actual audience is defined as the arithmetic average of the total actual audience (total audience except children under 3 years old), based on the full 24-hour period and over a period of approximately 1 year, expressed as average audience per day. The result of this calculation will be rounded up to the next 10,000. Should the audience figures not be available, the maximum fee will apply.
*4 — One page consultation is defined as any single 'click' originated from one IP address on a web page containing images based on Meteosat Data. Should the number of page consultations not be available, the maximum fee will apply.

NOTE: The fees for access to Low Rate SEVIRI Data shall be 75% of the corresponding fees for High Rate SEVIRI Data according to this table.

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