Montag, 23. Januar 2017

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EUMETSAT attends European Space Council

(lifePR) (Darmstadt, ) The EUMETSAT Director-General, Dr. Lars Prahm, attended the 26 September European Space Council in Brussels, which reaffirmed the importance for Europe of its satellite applications services in operational meteorology.

The Space Council set four new priorities for the European Space Policy: space and climate change, contribution of space to the Lisbon strategy, space and security, and space exploration.

Recognising the central role of Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) in operational meteorology and its contribution to Kopernikus, formerly Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), and climate monitoring, the Space Council welcomed the joint preparation by the European Space Agency (ESA) and EUMETSAT of a programme proposal for MTG to be submitted to the ESA Council in November and then to the EUMETSAT Council in December. In his speech to the Space Council, Dr. Prahm said the MTG programme "is the result of an intense interaction between EUMETSAT and its user community" and "will ensure the continuity of key meteorological observations," as well as contribute to areas such as atmosphere and climate change. He described MTG as "an ambitious and technologically challenging programme" which will be implemented using the successful cooperation model between ESA and EUMETSAT.

The Space Council recognised the role of EUMETSAT in monitoring climate change. It called on the scientific community, in conjunction with the European Commission, ESA and EUMETSAT, to define how Kopernikus services and European space observation archives can contribute most effectively to the provision of data including Essential Climate Variables for scientific research.

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