LRIT Direct Dissemination service to be discontinued in 2018

LRIT Direct Dissemination service to be discontinued in 2018

Thursday, 02 November 2017

The main reasons for terminating the service are:

  1. The limitations of LRIT capabilities — The continuing significant growth in data volumes means that several data sets can no longer be accommodated on the LRIT direct dissemination transmission. This is particularly the case for the new GOES-16 data, which will be replacing the current GOES-East data towards the end of 2017.
  2. Cost considerations — In the future consolidated Meteosat Ground Stations configuration, there will be no LRIT capability and, due to cost considerations, there is no plan to set up such capability.

The LRIT Direct Dissemination service currently comprises the following data:

  • 30-min Low Rate SEVIRI image data
  • Meteosat Meteorological Products
  • Data Collection Platform (DCP) Messages
  • Meteorological Data Dissemination (MDD)
  • 3-hourly GOES East & West image data

The 30-min Low Rate SEVIRI image data will continue to be available via the LRIT FTP service. Equivalent, enhanced or higher resolution products are available from EUMETCast as replacement to those provided on the LRIT Direct Dissemination service.

As you can see from the Figure 1 below, the current EUMETCast-Africa footprint largely overlaps with the LRIT Direct Dissemination footprint.

EUTELSAT 5 West A Coverage
Figure 1: Current EUMETCast-Africa footprint (until July 2018)

If you are already a EUMETCast user, you can use EUMETCast-Africa as an alternative to the LRIT Direct Dissemination service. If not, you may want to consider setting up a EUMETCast station.

Information on EUMETCast and how to set up a EUMETCast reception station can be found in our EUMETCast web section.

Please note that the current EUMETCast-Africa service will end in July 2018. The follow-on service will be provided,  starting in May 2018. The footprint of the new EUMETCast-Africa service is shown in Figure 2 below.

For more information, see the New EUMETCast Africa Service Technical Bulletin.

New EUMETCast Africa Service Coverage
Figure 2: Future EUMETCast-Africa footprint (starting May 2018)

Another alternative is to use the LRIT FTP service, especially if what you need is the 30-min Low Rate SEVIRI image data. Registration for this service should be done via our Earth Observation Portal (EOP).

If you do not have an EOP account, simply create one and then register for ‘EUMETSAT FTP Data Access’ under ‘My Data Access’.

For any questions, contact our User Service Helpdesk.

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