EUMETSAT operates a system of meteorological satellites that observe the atmosphere and ocean and land surfaces – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This data is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of EUMETSAT's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide. The service provided by EUMETSAT helps to enhance and safeguard the daily lives of European citizens. They aid meteorologists in identifying and monitoring the development of potentially dangerous weather situations and in issuing timely forecasts and warnings to emergencyservices and local authorities, helping to mitigate the effects of severe weather and protecting human life and property.
This information is also critical to the safety of air travel, shipping and road traffic, and to the daily business of farming, construction and many other industries.
EUMETSAT climate monitoring activities involve the Central Facilities in Darmstadt and the network of Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs) – with a leading role for the SAF on Climate Monitoring. They rely on capacities developed to perform all tasks required to deliver validated Fundamental and Thematic Climate Data Records from its data archives, from recalibration and cross-calibration to reprocessing, quality control and ultimately delivery to the climate community. These include data archives, software libraries and dedicated reprocessing environments available in Darmstadt and at Satellite Applications Facilities, in particular at the SAF on Climate Monitoring. Moreover, EUMETSAT contributes to selected climate projects involving international partners, in particular those co-funded by the European Commission.
EUMETSAT supports the operational monitoring and forecasting of atmospheric composition through specific observational products from its geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites.
Finally, EUMETSAT supports the development of operational oceanography through the delivery of ocean data to its Member States, the Copernicus marine service, and users worldwide. Application areas include safety, shipping, fisheries, management of marine resources, coastal ecosystems and marine pollution, and off-shore industry.
Researchers in the domains of meteorology (weather and climate), oceanography, environmental science and agriculture are benefiting from the EUMETSAT infrastructures.