EUMETSAT promotes international cooperation and prepares for launching next generation satellites to bring monitoring of weather and climate to a new era

BOSTON - As forecasting of high impact weather needs to meet higher expectations in our changing climate, EUMETSAT promotes international cooperation under the aegis of the WMO and is preparing to deploy one next-generation satellite per year in the period 2021-2025.

Monday, 30 September 2019


Director-General Alain Ratier today told the joint EUMETSAT/American Meteorological Society/NOAA conference in Boston: “Only international cooperation and data exchange under the aegis of the WMO can bring forecasting of high-impact weather to a new era everywhere in the world and fulfil increasing expectations of citizens and economies in our changing climate.”

EUMETSAT is actively involved in multilateral cooperation within the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites, shares a Joint Polar System with NOAA, and cooperates with all other operators of meteorological satellites.

In order to advance numerical modelling and observations from space at a consistent pace in Europe, EUMETSAT partners with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the EUMETNET grouping of European National Meteorological Services and is a key player in the EU’s Copernicus programme.

Ratier said: “We will launch one next-generation satellite per year in the period 2021-2025 to deploy in full our multi-satellite Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and EPS - Second Generation (EPS-SG) systems. This, together with our sustained contribution to the EU Copernicus programme, will be our contribution to the opening of a new era in monitoring weather, the environment and our changing climate”

The very innovative MTG and EPS-SG satellite systems will be a massive improvement over the capacity and performances of the current state-of-the-art EUMETSAT satellite systems.

“The MTG and Metop-SG satellites developed in partnership with ESA, CNES and DLR will fly instruments of unprecedented performance or that have not been flown before on operational satellites,” Ratier said. “This is, in particular, the case of the hyperspectral infrared sounders of the MTG-S and Metop-SGA satellites.”



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

The first Meteosat Third Generation satellites is due for launch end of 2021. The MTG system is one of the most innovative meteorological satellite system ever built. When fully deployed, the system will include two imaging satellites and one sounding satellite.

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

The EUMETSAT Polar System of Second Generation will be EUMETSAT’s contribution to the Joint Polar System shared with NOAA. EPS-SG will bring global observations of weather and climate from the polar orbit to a new standard thanks to instruments of unprecedented performances or never flown before on operational satellites. The EPS-SG system will comprise two spacecraft flying in tandem. The first of the Metop-Second Generation satellites is due for launch end of 2022.

EUMETSAT is also a partner in the cooperative ocean 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 programme 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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