5.1.8 Dr Oleg Pokrovsky, Principal Scientist, Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory, ROSHYDROMET gave an outline of the remote sensing programmes run by the organization. The presentation included a description of the Meteor-M N1 (polar-orbiting) and Electro-L N1 (geostationary) satellite systems and their equipment, which includes multichannel radiometers. The second part of the presentation described particular products provided through the assimilation of remote sensing data on precipitation, solar radiation fields, surface temperature and albedo spatial distributions. Finally, some meteorological applications were presented.
European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)
5.1.9 Dr Volker Gaertner, Head, User Services Division, EUMETSAT, gave a presentation on the status of the current and future satellite missions of EUMETSAT. He highlighted that the continuity of Europe’s Meteosat satellite series is guaranteed with the adoption of the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) programme, which will provide observations from geostationary orbit well into the next 25 years. Two more Meteosat Second Generation satellites (MSG-3 and MSG-4) will be launched in 2012 and 2015, respectively. In addition to Metop-A (operational since 2007), two more satellites (Metop-B and Metop-C) will be launched for the polar satellite system in 2012 and 2016, respectively. To facilitate ocean altimetry missions, EUMETSAT is supporting the Jason-2 mission, and is also preparing to continue with Jason-3 and a future Jason follow-on mission.
5.1.10 The products and data generated by EUMETSAT are processed in the distributed EUMETSAT ground segment (which includes satellite application facilities). All data and products are archived in the EUMETSAT Data Centre. For real-time dissemination, EUMETSAT uses the EUMETCast digital video broadcast system, which provides a wide variety of products from EUMETSAT and third parties including other satellite operators such as CMA, JMA, NOAA and IMD. A full product list is available on the EUMETSAT product navigator at http://www.eumetsat.int/Home/Main/DataProducts/ProductNavigator/index.htm. The EUMETCast system covers a large part of the globe, and is an integral part of the GEO/GEOSS GEONETCast system. The coverage areas of EUMETCast are shown below: