Sep 26, 2016

Darmstadt hosts EUMETSAT Satellite Conference in 30th anniversary year

Darmstadt, 26 September – From 26 – 30 September, the EUMETSAT Satellite Conference will attract over 400 meteorological experts, scientists and researchers from 40 countries to EUMETSAT’s hometown of Darmstadt, Germany.

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Preparations for data from future satellite systems, such as the highly innovative Meteosat Third Generation will feature high in the programme. Here, experts will discuss the advances made in nowcasting and high-resolution numerical weather prediction as the basis for early warnings, and the related need for even faster and more accurate observations from the next generation of geostationary satellites.

Other topics will cover marine meteorology and oceanography, including the increasing flow of marine data from the Copernicus high-precision ocean altimetry mission Jason-3.

A session on the Arctic challenge will discuss progress made in improved weather and environmental prediction services for the Arctic region.

As part of the 30 years anniversary celebrations, leading scientists will explore how observations by meteorological satellites have supported the development not only of meteorological but also climate and oceanographic applications over the years – and what this means for the coming decades.

The EUMETSAT Director General, Alain Ratier said: “The EUMETSAT annual conference is the European forum for users of meteorological satellites, the science community and our international partners. This year, it is a bit special as we celebrate our 30th anniversary and have just adopted a new strategy, “Challenge 2025”. The conference is therefore in Darmstadt, and we will have a look back to past achievements from a user perspective to see what this means for the future.”

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The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and one Cooperating State (Serbia).

EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat -9, -10 and -11 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-7 over the Indian Ocean. Meteosat-8 has been relocated to 41.5°E for extended operations over the Indian Ocean. Dissemination of its image data will start on 4 October 2016.

EUMETSAT operates two Metop polar-orbiting satellites as part of the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) shared with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

EUMETSAT is also a partner in the cooperative high precision ocean altimetry Jason missions involving Europe and the United States (Jason-2, Jason-3 and Jason-CS/Sentinel-6).

The data and products from EUMETSAT’s satellites are vital to weather forecasting and make a significant contribution to the monitoring of environment and climate change.

The European Union has entrusted EUMETSAT with exploiting the four Sentinel missions of the Copernicus space component dedicated to the monitoring of atmosphere, ocean and climate on its behalf.

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