EUMETSAT has been designated by the European Commission as the provider of data from the Suomi-NPP polar-orbiting satellite of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the Copernicus marine and atmosphere services, for a period of 17 months. Copernicus is an EU programme for monitoring the Earth environment and security.
Monday, 06 January 2014
Under the agreement signed by Alain Ratier, Director-General of EUMETSAT, and Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General of Enterprise and Industry at the European Commission, EUMETSAT will provide sea surface temperature ocean colour products extracted from the observations of the VIIRS imager to MyOcean2, the consortium tasked by the EC to deliver the pre-operational Copernicus marine service.
Likewise, EUMETSAT will provide Suomi-NPP atmospheric composition products to be agreed with the MACC II consortium in charge of the pre-operational Copernicus atmosphere monitoring service.
Capitalising on the well established cooperation between EUMETSAT and NOAA, the NPP Suomi data service to Copernicus will use the existing EUMETSAT multi-mission infrastructure to receive Suomi-NPP data from NOAA, to extract products and to deliver these products in real time via EUMETCast, the EUMETSAT satellite data dissemination service. EUMETSAT will ensure that the capacity of the EUMETCast service is enhanced to fulfil the requirements from the Copernicus services.
The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 27 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and four Cooperating States (Bulgaria, Iceland, Lithuania, and Serbia).
EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat-8, -9 and -10 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-7 over the Indian Ocean.
EUMETSAT also 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). The Metop-B polar-orbiting meteorological satellite, launched on 17 September 2012, became prime operational satellite on 24 April 2013. It replaced Metop-A, the first European polar-orbiting meteorological satellite, which was launched in October 2006. Metop-A will continue operations as long as its available capacities bring benefits to users.
The Jason-2 ocean altimetry satellite, launched on 20 June 2008 and exploited jointly with NOAA, NASA and CNES, added monitoring of sea state, ocean currents and sea level change to the EUMETSAT product portfolio.
The data and products from EUMETSAT’s satellites are vital to weather forecasting and make a significant contribution to the monitoring of environment and the global climate.
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