EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference to focus on Baltic and Nordic challenges

The requirements and challenges for satellite weather and climate monitoring in high latitudes will feature at the EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference in Tallinn next week.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

About 400 users of EUMETSAT satellite data will take part in the week-long conference from 17-21 September, which coincides with Estonia’s 100th anniversary celebrations and is co-organised with the Estonian Environment Agency.

Among the sessions to be held at the user-focused event will be a presentation on future requirements for data supporting aviation services, particularly related to the specific challenges of routing over or near the North Pole, by Air Navigation Services Finland CEO Raine Luojus.

Weather forecasting for Baltic or Nordic areas will be the subject of a presentation from Gunnar Noer, of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

Also high on the agenda will be preparations for the next generations of EUMETSAT’s meteorological satellites, and their next generations of instrumentation, which are expected to usher in a new era of operational meteorology.

“The EUMETSAT conference is a unique forum for scientists and users of satellite meteorological data from meteorological and other Earth Observation satellites to meet with peers and exchange views,” EUMETSAT Director-General Alain Ratier said.

“Estonia became a Member State of EUMETSAT in 2013 and we are delighted to be holding the conference in Tallinn this year, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Republic.”

About EUMETSAT

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).

EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellitesMeteosat -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 sea level monitoring Jason missions (Jason-2, Jason-3 and Jason-CS/Sentinel-6) involving Europe and the United States.

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 carries out these tasks in cooperation with ESA and already exploits the Sentinel-3 marine mission.

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

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