1.1 Update on EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Programmes

Tuesday, 25 January 2011: 8:30 AM
4C-1 (Washington State Convention Center)
Johannes Schmetz, EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, Germany; and D. Klaes, R. Stuhlmann, P. Schlüssel, L. Sarlo, K. Holmlund, S. Rota, and M. Cohen

In this presentation, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) will provide new information on the status of their current polar (Metop) and geostationary (Meteosat) satellites. Progress is reported on the utilization of data and products and their impact on services provided to the end users, e.g. to global Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) centers. An important catalyst for the utilization and continuous development of the use of operational meteorological satellites is the international cooperation under CGMS (Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites). The specific cooperation between NOAA and EUMETSAT within the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) and the joint work on using the Meteosat Second Generation observations as proxy data of future satellite programmes (GOES-R and MTG = Meteosat Third Generation) is an example for a mutually beneficial and sustained progress toward an improved space-based Global Observing System. Some insight is given into future EUMETSAT/US cooperative efforts, e.g. EPS/Metop follow-on, where coordinated development will open new opportunities for complementary satellite systems.
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