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EUMETSAT participates in multiple international activities in line with its strategy


As part of the European Meteorological Infrastructure (EMI), EUMETSAT responds to the evolving needs of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) of its Member States.

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14 June 2023

Published on

02 April 2020

This ensures that EUMETSAT’s mandatory programmes and services continue to be relevant to the NMHS’ information and forecast services for the protection of life, property and the economy.

EUMETSAT is equally active with its international cooperation activities, having agreements in place with the NMHS or space agencies of Canada, China, Japan, Korea, India and the United States of America. The cooperation with Russia was suspended in March 2022.

In addition, EUMETSAT also serves as the Secretariat of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS). The group provides an international forum for the exchange of technical information on geostationary and polar-orbiting meteorological satellite systems and coordinates space-based and Earth observation activities in accordance with the requirements of the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) and Vision for 2040. The CGMS, which meets annually, consists of representatives from operational meteorological and research satellite organisations, together with the WMO.

EUMETSAT primarily supports the Strategic Plans of the WMO Regional Associations VI ( Europe), and I (Africa), without excluding cooperation in other Regional Associations.

The objective being to facilitate access to EUMETSAT data, products and services and make the best use of available and planned satellite services in order to help individual countries and regions to meet their respective needs, i.e., through training activities.