IRS Mission Advisory group (IRS-MAG) 2017

Held: 18-19 October 2017, EUMETSAT, Darmstadt.

The Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) series of future European geostationary meteorological missions consists of two satellites: the imaging satellites (MTG-I) and the sounding satellites (MTG-S). The Infrared Sounder (IRS) is one of the two instruments hosted on board the MTG-S satellites.

The scope of the IRS mission is to provide the user community with information on time evolution of humidity and temperature distribution, as function of latitude, longitude and altitude. In this context, EUMETSAT has established the IRS Mission Advisory group (IRS-MAG) with the mandate of providing independent advice on the scientific concepts, Cal/Val approaches, and data usability of the IRS mission.

Objectives and outcomes


Objectives and Outcomes

The proceedings and outcomes of the meeting can be found in the Minutes of Meeting.

Programme and Reports

IRS MAG Meeting Agenda
IRS MAG Meeting Agenda - Wednesday 18 October
Category Title Presenter/s
  Welcome and introduction on new MAG Co-chairs
  Logistics and tour de table All
  Review of on-going actions Co-chairs
  MTG IRS programme status Remy Perin (EUM)
  MTG dissemination evolution Denis Fayard (EUM)
  IRS instrument status Daniel Lamarre (ESA)
Level 1 activities L1 processing status (ATBD/PS) and open points and studies Dorothee Coppens (EUM)
Level 1 activities Feedback on the ATBD Herve Roquet (MF)
Level 1 activities IRS L1 Product Format Specification Stefano Gigli (EUM)
Level 1 activities PC compression Tim Hultberg (EUM)
Level 1 activities Outcome of the ECMWF Assimilation of Hyper-spectral geostationary satellites observations workshop Tony McNally (ECMWF)
Level 1 activities IRS PP (regional processing) Nigel Atkinson (Met Office)
Level 1 activities Discussion All


IRS MAG Meeting Agenda
IRS MAG Meeting Agenda - Thursday 19 October
Category Title Presenter/s
Level 2 activities Hyperspectral L2: Status and schedule @ EUM Dieter Klaes (EUM)
Level 2 activities MTG IRS L2 approach to be followed Thomas August (EUM)
Level 2 activities MTG IRS L2 operational: open issues (first guess, spectral resolution and coverage, apodisation, high zenital angles…) Thomas August (EUM)
Level 2 activities Outcome of the NRT L2 dissemination Stephen Tjemkes (EUM)
Level 2 activities User feedback on the NRT L2 dissemination Erik Gregow (FMI)
Level 2 activities Discussion on the applications (open) All
Others IRS measurement sequences - Impact on the applications Gary Fowler (EUM)
Others L0/L1/L2 Test data: status Bertrand Theodore (EUM)
Others Discussion on the morning presentations All
Others Discussion on Cal/Val and Science Plans All, led by J. Grandell
Others AOB and Wrap-up All


Next meeting 24–25 May 2018, EUMETSAT, Darmstadt.


The IRS-MAG members:

  • Nigel Atkinson (Met Office – UK)
  • Bojan Bojkov (EUM – Germany) — co-chair
  • Claude Camy-Peyret (IPSL – France)
  • Pierre-François Coheur (ULB – Belgium)
  • Nadia Fourrie (Météo-France - France)
  • Antonia Gambacorta (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR – USA)
  • Erik Gregow (FMI – Finland)
  • Mateja Irzic-Zibert (ARSO – Slovenia)
  • Christina Köpkens-Watts (DWD – Germany)
  • Miguel A. Martinez (AEMET – Spain)
  • Anthony McNally (ECMWF)
  • Johannes Orphal (KIT – Germany)
  • Dave Tobin (CIMSS – USA)
  • Herve Roquet (Météo-France – France) – co-chair


IRS-MAG secretary
Dr Dorothee Coppens
Competence Area Manager - Hyperspectral Infrared
Remote Sensing and Products Division (RSP)

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