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European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) delivers weather and climate-related satellite data, images and products– 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's. EUMETSAT is the sole sponsor of EUMeTrain.

EUMETSAT Online Training Library

Access the training recourses avalaible on the EUMETSAT web site.


The European Virtual Organisation for Meteorological Training


The term 'Nowcasting' is used to describe localised forecasting for any period, from the present up to a few hours ahead. The NWC SAF provides the tools and the software that deliver tailored satellite information to support forecasting up to 12 hours ahead, known as Very Short Range Forecasting. To improve the accuracy of forecasting, meteorologists need an exact and up-to-date picture of atmospheric motions and conditions in a particular localised area. These observations become extremely pertinetn in the context of hazardous weather situations, when lives can depend on the capability to accurately monitor short-lived but severe weather situationals like thunderstorms or tornadoes.


Approximately two thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans. Knowledge and data on sea temperature, currents and oceanic weather conditions, as well as the flotation and melting patterns of sea ice, are vital for sea-dependant industries, ocean-going vessels and climate and pollution monitoring. Many operational oceanography projects are in the process of developing assimilation and forecasting systems on regional and global scales. They are ready to utilise near-real-time ocean products generated using data provided by operational satellites.


Concerns about the Earth’s climate have increased the need not only for international control of greenhouse gases but also for climate monitoring on a global scale. Only space-based observations can deliver this type of global data and the CM SAF uses these data to provide the European contribution towards climate research.


Information on land surface characteristics is needed for many important applications such as modelling and simulation of weather and climate, forecast and analysis of natural hazards and the monitoring of ecological and hydrological systems. The LSA SAF specifically addresses these requirements, delivering a range of products including land surface temperature, surface albedo and snow cover.


The H-SAF focuses on the development of new geophysical products on precipitation, soil moisture and snow parameters and the utilisation of these parameters in hydrological models, NWP and water management.

COMET - Meted

The COMET® Program is part of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research’s (UCAR’s) Community Programs (UCP) and its mission is to serve as a premier resource that supports, enhances, and stimulates the communication and application of scientific knowledge of the atmospheric and related sciences for the operational and educational communities.


The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an intergovernmental organisation supported by 32 States and provides operational medium- and extended-range forecasts.