The 2017 EUMETSAT user conference attracts a record number of meteorologists and scientists to Rome

From 2 – 6 October, the EUMETSAT user conference jointly organised with ITAF-MET (Italian Air Force - Operational Force Command, Department for Meteorology), the national provider for weather and climate services in Italy, will attract a record number of 500 meteorologists and scientists from 40 countries to Rome.

Monday, 02 October 2017

The perennial conference cornerstone themes of weather, ocean, atmospheric composition and climate observations from space will be addressed by dedicated sessions focussing on new satellite products and climate records and their applications.

Discussions will also continue on the use of satellite data in very high-resolution numerical weather prediction (NWP) models for short range forecasts and on user preparedness for even faster and more accurate observations expected from Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and other next generation geostationary satellites.

In addition, the 2017 conference will address two specific topics. One will be the new opportunities for monitoring weather and climate over the Indian Ocean arising from geostationary imagery of unprecedented quality available since 1 February 2017 from Meteosat-8, the first Meteosat Second Generation satellite, after its re-location from 0° to 41.5° East.

The second topic will be the use of satellite products in support of the operational coordination of hydrology and water resources management. Dedicated talks will reflect on the utilisation of precipitation, soil moisture and snow products delivered by the Satellite Application Facility on Hydrology (H-SAF), which is led by the Italian Air Force-Meteorological Service.

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The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and one Cooperating State (Serbia).

EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat-9, -10 and -11 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-8 over the Indian Ocean.

EUMETSAT operates two Metop polar-orbiting satellites as part of the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) shared with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

EUMETSAT is also a partner in the cooperative high precision ocean altimetry Jason missions involving Europe and the United States (Jason-2, Jason-3 and Jason-CS/Sentinel-6).

The data and products from EUMETSAT’s satellites are vital to weather forecasting and make a significant contribution to the monitoring of environment and climate change.

The European Union has entrusted EUMETSAT with exploiting the four Sentinel missions of the Copernicus space component dedicated to the monitoring of atmosphere, ocean and climate on its behalf. EUMETSAT will carry out these tasks in cooperation with ESA.

EUMETSAT has established cooperation with operators of Earth Observation satellites from Europe and China, India, Japan, Russia and the United States.

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