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The EUMETSAT Polar System: status and first results
Author(s): K. Dieter Klaes; Johannes Schmetz
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Paper Abstract

The EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) is the European contribution to the joint European/US operational polar satellite system (Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS)). It serves the mid-morning (AM) orbit, whereas the US part continues to serve the afternoon (PM) orbit. The satellites of this new polar system are the Metop (Meteorological operational Satellite) satellites, jointly developed with ESA. They deliver high-resolution sounding and also high-resolution imagery in global coverage. Three Metop spacecraft are foreseen for a sun synchronous orbit in the 9:30 AM equator crossing (descending node). They provide polar data from October 2006 onwards, when the first Metop satellite was launched. The EPS programme is planned to cover 14 years of operation. This paper gives an overview on the EPS mission, the products and services provided to users, and shows first results obtained from Metop-A during the commissioning and initial operations phase. All programme components support operational meteorology and climate monitoring, and hence provide a contribution to Global Earth System Monitoring.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 October 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6684, Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization III: Readiness for GEOSS, 66840E (2 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.731732
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K. Dieter Klaes, EUMETSAT (Germany)
Johannes Schmetz, EUMETSAT (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6684:
Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization III: Readiness for GEOSS
Mitchell D. Goldberg; Hal J. Bloom; Allen H.-L. Huang; Philip E. Ardanuy, Editor(s)

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