EUMETSAT delivers agreed data and support to our Member States and users worldwide – both from our own and third party programmes.

Data Standards

We are continually exploreing new and more efficient ways of sharing our expertise and data among users and partners.


We are an Associate Member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international industry consortium of 384 companies, government agencies and universities, participating in a consensus process to develop publicly-available interface standards.

OGC associate member logoOGC manages a global consensus process, that results in approved interface and encoding specifications, enabling interoperability among, and between, diverse geospatial data stores, services, and applications. Its members include universities; Federal and local government agencies; earth imaging vendors and database software and computing platform vendors. OGC facilitates agreements on OpenGIS® Standards for interfaces, schemas and architectures. Systems implementing OpenGIS standards can interoperate, providing essential infrastructure and a network of geospatial resources, that is thoroughly integrated into the web.

OpenGIS® Standards support interoperable solutions that 'geo-enable' the web via wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. These enable technology developers to make complex spatial information and services available across multiple applications. For example, the Product Navigator is the online access point to all EUMETSAT services and data, where various tools help users search across metadata attributes. A number of combinations, such as spatial extent, content type, data format and keywords can be used for query definitions. By applying OGC's interoperable interface specifications users can discover, search and order, or subscribe, to EUMETSAT data from partner agencies, plus partner agencies can gain access to EUMETSAT services.


Heterogeneous Missions Accessibility (HMA) aims to establish harmonised access to heterogeneous Earth Observation (EO) missions’ data from multiple mission ground segments, including national missions and Sentinel missions. HMA LogoHMA's goal is to do this by standardising the ground segment interfaces of the satellite missions. HMA is managed by the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security organisation.

The Need for Standardisation

The number of missions contributing to the observation capacity over Europe votal for critical services, can easily go above a dozen for each service. To reduce the burden for the planners and operators, a high level of interoperability across the mission ground segments must be established.

Partnership with EUMETSAT

EUMETSAT is a partner in the HMA project, helping ensure reliable data access and interoperability between meteorological missions. EUMETSAT has full voting rights within the HMA.

The project focuses on defining and providing five interfaces:

  1. Catalogue Service — browsing and retrieving metadata on collections and products across collaborating HMA catalogues.
  2. Ordering Service — for products identified in a catalogue.
  3. Programming Service — submitting requests for new acquisitions to the HMA partner missions’ ground segments.
  4. Mission Planning Service — facilitating preparation of programming requests.
  5. Online Data Access Services — retrieving products from the online access archives offered through the HMA.

EUMETSAT currently provides interfaces 1,2 and 5 via HMA Portal. Pending further agreements, HMA partners' data may be made accessible via the Earth Observation Portal (EOP).

Long-Term Objectives

Rapid and reliable access to time-sensitive information is a significant strategic resource for any community. The Earth Observation (EO) interoperability benefits are linked to the following high-level objectives:

  • Manage and reduce technical risks in EO systems and operations.
  • Manage and reduce cost of EO systems and operations.
  • Establish the baseline for the development of the European Space infrastructure capable of harmonising and exploiting relevant national initiatives and assets.
  • Allow interoperability within, and across, organisations.
  • Increase competitiveness of European Space (and downstream) industries.
  • Maintain the leadership in EO systems and operations, and avoid the emergence of undesirable standards.
  • Ensure that technology drivers for the European Guaranteed Access to Space are lead by European requirements.

The overall aim of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative is to support Europe’s goals regarding sustainable development and global governance — by providing timely and quality data, information and knowledge. GMES is based on observation data received from Earth Observation satellites and ground-based information. GMES is also the European contribution to the worldwide monitoring and management of the environment within the Group on Earth Observation. GEO's goal is to address the information requirements for the environment on a global scale. This will be achieved via a 10-year implementation plan of an integrated Global Earth Observation System of Systems


Our data


We provide an evolving range of meteorological and climate monitoring data that reflect the needs of the user community. Operational meteorological and climate monitoring services remain priorities, with additional services covering the oceans, atmospheric composition and land monitoring.

Level 1 Data

A list of all EUMETSAT and Third Party data can be found in our data catalogue the Product Navigator.

User Support

Software Products

Access our data


Access to the data typically involves an initial registration process — Register for data

Data are made available via various access mechanisms:

Data Centre
Copernicus Online Data Access
Direct Dissemination

Additionally, we have New Pilot Data Services and an open view service called EUMETView.

User Support

Support Software and Tools
Equipment Manufacturers
User Service Helpdesk
Technical Bulletins — updates about the Data Centre and EUMETCast.

Service Status


Information on the current status of our geostationary and polar satellites and the data can be found in the Service Status section.

Meteosat Services


We operate three different coverage areas for the Meteosat services — Europe, Full Disk, Indian Ocean.

The operational Meteosat services are:

0 Degree
Rapid Scanning Service (RSS)
Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC)
Data Collection System


Metop Services


We offer three distinct services from the Metop polar orbiting satellites:

Global Data Service — generated products derived from the global data dumps.
Regional Data Service/EARS — typically North Atlantic and European coverage.
Direct readout — real-time transmission of data, limited to the instantaneous sub-satellite observation.

Climate Service


Climate Data Records for NWP model-based reanalysis, climate system analysis and climate modelling applications.

Find out about the Climate Service

Third Party


EUMETSAT relays a range of additional data from other meteorological organisations and satellite operators, as part of bilateral cooperation.

Third Party Services

New data providers wishing to distribute products via EUMETCast, or users wishing to receive new products on EUMETCast, can express their interest by completing a GEONETCast Feedback Form (PDF, 47 KB).



Training people how to interpret and use our satellite data is an integral part of the work of EUMETSAT.

Find out more about Training

Science Activities


The continuous improvements of EUMETSATs operational products, as well as the development of EUMETSAT’s future programmes, is a combination of numerous science-driven activities.

Find out more about EUMETSAT's Science Activities

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