Status of EUMETSAT Satellite Programs: Recent Developments of Future Programs and Improved Utilisation of Current Programs

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015: 9:15 AM
231ABC (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Johannes Schmetz, EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, Germany; and K. Holmlund, P. Schlüssel, R. Stuhlmann, L. Schüller, J. Schulz, M. Cohen, and S. Rota

The presentation provides a report on improved applications of the data from EUMETSAT's current geostationary and polar orbiting satellites, Meteosat and Metop, respectively. Both satellite systems provided again a high availability of services to the global user community. New meteorological products under development or under demonstration include, 'for example, Atmospheric Motion Vectors (AMVs) and a cloud product based on optimum estimation from the SEVIRI instrument on-board MSG, as well improved profile retrievals of temperature and humidity from the hyperspectral IASI instrument on-board Metop. A short summary of progress in the product development at the Satellite Application Facilities (SAF) will be included. Another element of the presentation is a brief summary of EUMETSAT's activities in support of climate monitoring and climate analyses. We address the near-future launches of Meteosat-11 and Metop-C which are both the last models of the current generation of European geostationary and polar meteorological satellites. Finally we report on the status and progress of the future programs Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and EPS (EUMETSAT Polar System) Second Generation, the latter is the follow-on generation of Metop satellites.