In the first half of the next decade EUMETSAT and ESA will launch the next generation of meteorological satellites. These provide a continuity of service for the current Meteosat and European Polar System satellites, and extensive opportunities for innovation in meteorological and environmental research.
From geostationary orbit Europe will have for the first time, in addition to higher spectral, spatial and time sample images, an infrared sounder, a lightning imager and the Copernicus Sentinel-4 sounder in the ultraviolet, visible and near infrared spectrum. From polar orbit we will have global coverage from the novel ice cloud imager (ICI), microwave imager, multi-viewing multi-channel multiple-polarisation imaging (3MI) instruments as well as the instruments building on the EPS heritage.
The data from each of these instruments offers potential for use in atmospheric process studies (e.g., aerosols, clouds, precipitation-related), weather and climate modelling, and environmental systems research; in addition, the co-location of instruments on the same platform also offers research and development potential.
In order to work with data as soon as operationally available, approaches will need to be made now to national and European science agencies to establish priorities and support frameworks.
This town hall will present the new programme capabilities and answer questions to support interest by the science community.
Bojan Bojkov, Head of the Remote Sensing and Products Division at the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) presented “European research opportunities and priorities for the next generation of meteorological satellites”, in an open online event on 29 April 2020; please find the recording here:
Questions can still be raised via the Slido tool: www.slido.com - meeting code #nextgen-metsat
Target audience for this Townhall event will be researchers and academia interested in using innovative satellite data for meteorological and related environmental research.
In addition to their value in applications, data from the MTG and EPS-SG missions offer huge research potential, such as in atmospheric process studies (e.g., aerosols, clouds, precipitation-related), weather and climate modelling, and environmental systems research. In addition, the co-location of instruments on the same platform also offers research and development potential.
For exploiting the science value of the data as soon as it is operationally available, the research and academic communities need to approach national and European science agencies in order to establish priorities and to put in place the necessary support mechanisms.