EUMETSAT’s contribution to the marine user community

At the occasion of the MyOcean kick-off meeting held in Toulouse on 1 April, EUMETSAT stressed its contribution to the marine user community, by providing key operational data and products for MyOcean to build its services on (2008-2010). Additionally, EUMETSAT will operate the GMES Sentinel-3 satellites, one of the key missions for the marine community.

Since the 64th Council meeting in July 2008, EUMETSAT agreed to provide its data and products for GMES, making them available free of charge to the five GMES Core Services, including three Fast Track Services (Land Core, Marine Core and Emergency Response Support Service) and two pilot services (Security and Atmosphere monitoring).

Within the European Commission’s GMES programme (7th Framework Programme), MyOcean is part of the Fast Track Services and focuses on the Marine element. This project aims at defining and implementing a coordinated and integrated pan-European capacity for ocean monitoring and forecasting. The application covers many key marine areas, including maritime security, marine resource management, climate change and seasonal forecasting, to name but a few.

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Author: EARSC

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