Our vision is to be the leading user-driven operational agency in Europe and a trusted global partner for weather and Earth system monitoring from space

The EUMETSAT strategy provides the direction and scope of our activities over the long term, with the aim of maximising the benefits to those who use EUMETSAT’s data, whilst taking into account any changes in their requirements

Last Updated

29 November 2023

Published on

19 March 2020

EUMETSAT’s vision is to be the leading user-driven operational agency in Europe for Earth observation satellite programmes that fulfil the objectives of its Convention. It further aims to be a trusted global partner for those outside Europe who share these objectives. In realising this vision, EUMETSAT’s first priority  is to fulfil the essential requirements of its member states in terms of observations, data and support services for operational weather as well as Earth system monitoring and forecasting for climate services. EUMETSAT will do this in the most effective manner, through its own satellite programmes.

For operational weather forecasting, EUMETSAT programmes and cooperation will respond to the needs of the European national meteorological services for satellite observations of the atmosphere, land-surfaces, ocean and cryosphere, in support of nowcasting, and short and medium-range forecasts.

For climate monitoring, EUMETSAT will respond to requirements expressed by the Global Climate Observing System and generate climate data records from long series of satellite observations. This will be achieved by making use of the expertise available at its central facility in Darmstadt, Germany, and within the network of eight Satellite Application Facilities (SAF) distributed across its member states.

EUMETSAT’s second priority is to establish additional or shared capabilities in partnership with the European Union and other satellite operators to achieve synergy with its own satellite missions for the common benefit of its member states and partners.

EUMETSAT’s current strategy, published in 2021, takes account of the challenging and dynamic environment in which EUMETSAT operates, whilst capitalising on the successes achieved  through our previous strategy.

Indeed, the main strategic goal for 2030 is the full and successful implementation of the new Meteosat Third Generation (MTG), EUMETSAT Polar System - Second Generation (EPS-SG), Sentinel-3, Sentinel-4, Sentinel-5 and Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 missions, based on a smooth transition from the current generation of systems. This will ensure that the continuity and expansion of services delivered to member states and users is secured for a further decade and beyond.

The strategy will be implemented in the context of the European Meteorological Infrastructure and selected European and global partnerships involving the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the European Union (EU), European Space Agency (ESA) and other national space agencies, together with a portfolio of bilateral cooperation agreements with international partners, considered as a strategic asset.

The strategy is made up of nine strategic objectives:

  1. Deploy the new Meteosat Third Generation and EPS-Second Generation satellite systems and maximise their benefits to member states and users
  2. Deliver operational services responding to evolving user requirements, based on the continuous and cost-effective infrastructures and operations
  3. Establish and exploit a federative European Weather Cloud infrastructure in partnership with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and European national metrological and hydrological services
  4. Consolidate EUMETSAT’s contribution to the realisation of the Vision 2040 of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System and plan future satellite systems
  5. As a partner of the Space Strategy for Europe, deliver Copernicus ocean and atmospheric composition monitoring missions and contribute to collaborative research and innovation projects for the common benefit of EUMETSAT and EU member states
  6. Cooperate with other satellite operators and contribute to global partnerships for monitoring the weather, climate and greenhouse gases from space to meet additional needs of member states
  7. Expand the user base for EUMETSAT-provided data, products and services
  8. Continuously improve management and risk management processes
  9. Remain an attractive employer for diverse, skilled, talented and engaged people