EUMETSAT maps out its plans to make best scientific use of satellite data

A view of Europe and Africa take by Meteosat-11 at noon (UTC) on 26 June 2022

A view of Europe and Africa take by Meteosat-11 at noon (UTC) on 26 June 2022

EUMETSAT adopts science roadmaps for translation of satellite data into tangible benefits for communities

With Europe poised for a new era of satellite meteorology, through the deployment of next-generation satellite systems and new missions, EUMETSAT has mapped out its plans for making the best scientific use of the data produced.

The EUMETSAT Council, meeting in Amsterdam, today adopted three new, or updated, roadmaps for scientific development of marine and meteorological pathfinders, of wind products and of aerosol products derived by satellite instruments. It also adopted a roadmap for the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve weather prediction.

"Investing in the science behind the translation of data from satellite instruments into tangible benefits felt by communities - earlier warnings of severe weather events, more accurate weather forecasts, and improved air quality monitoring and tracking of volcanic eruptions and dust storms - is absolutely critical," Dr Bojan Bojkov, head of EUMETSAT’s Remote Sensing and Products division, said.

The scientific roadmaps for marine and meteorological pathfinders, and the wind and aerosol products, will foster the development of new advanced satellite data products using data from EUMETSAT’s existing and up-coming satellite systems, as well as existing and new satellite missions that are part of the European Union’s Copernicus programme.

The roadmap for use of artificial intelligence and machine learning aims to promote innovative uses of those data for complex digital weather prediction.

EUMETSAT Chief Scientist Dr Paolo Ruti said the roadmaps were part of the organisation’s commitment to ensuring that the citizens of its 30 member states received the greatest possible benefit from its satellites.

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