Support to Nowcasting and Very Short Range Forecasting (NWC SAF)
Nowcasting is a weather forecast for the next few hours, based on current information.
EUMETSAT operates Europe's weather satellites delivering data in real time to the national weather services in our Member States.
Accurate weather predictions start from the best possible knowledge of the initial state of the Earth's atmosphere.
The WMO is the United Nations’ specialised agency for meteorology.
06 February 2023
26 March 2020
EUMETSAT’s Meteosat and Metop satellites provide vital observations for weather forecasting.
The Meteosat satellites are in geostationary orbit 36,000km above the Earth. They provide imagery for the early detection of fast-developing severe weather (nowcasting), weather forecasting and climate monitoring.
Meteosat's valuable contribution will continue into the 2040s with the advent of Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) from early 2020 onwards.
The Metop satellites are closer to the Earth in polar orbit (817 km above the Earth) providing detailed global observations of the atmosphere, oceans and land. These data are essential for weather forecasting up to 10 days ahead and climate monitoring.
Metop’s valuable contributions will continue into the 2040s with the advent of Metop Second Generation (Metop-SG) from the mid-2020s onwards.
EUMETSAT is also a partner in the cooperative sea level monitoring Jason-3 and Copernicus Sentinel-6 missions involving Europe and the United States. We also operate the Copernicus Sentinel-3 ocean-monitoring satellites in cooperation with the European Space Agency.
Access weather data and training.
Updates to extend the Bayesian cloud-detection capability for Sentinel-3 SLSTR for coastal zones.
Studying assimilating forecast-independent temperature and humidity retrievals from hyperspectral sounders in NWP models.
This study aims to investigate how alternative scatterometer observations to the currently used wind vectors can be assimilated in NWP.
Comparing infra-red satellite products of surface temperature over Bodensee/Lake Constance with Fiducial Reference Measurements (FRM).
MIDAS studies scatterometer wind data within mesoscale NWP models.
Humberto Barbosa talks about the pros and cons of European satellites and the benefits of their application in Brazil's semi-arid region.
Amateur radio enthusiast Adrian Totu, from Bucharest, explains how his comprehensive system includes weather monitoring via EUMETCast.
Private forecaster Stephanie Ball explains how satellite data helps her to produce more accurate forecasts for Gibraltar.
Michele de Rosa, a former project manager, explains how MSG satellite data has given him a new career.
EUMETSAT plays a key role monitoring wildfires, biomass burning, vegetation, land temperature, and even soil moisture, from space.