EUMETSAT’s Annual Report is out
2014 was a good year for EUMETSAT.
It saw combined preparations for the launches of MSG-4, Jason-3 and Sentinel-3A, all scheduled for 2015, and the further development of the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) programme. EUMETSAT was also challenged with preparations for the approval of three new programmes by its Member States: the mandatory EPS Second Generation (EPS-SG) programme, the optional Jason-CS programme and an EU-funded third-party programme covering EUMETSAT’s contribution to the EU's Copernicus earth observation programme, for environmental monitoring.
All three programmes will shape EUMETSAT’s future and create new opportunities for its Member States, Europe and the worldwide user communities.
The Copernicus agreement with the European Union was signed on 7 November, which will see EUMETSAT exploit the Sentinel-3, -4, -5 and -6 marine and atmospheric missions on behalf of the EU, in cooperation with ESA.
Finally one of the highlights of the year was the Climate Symposium 2014, an international conference jointly organised by EUMETSAT and WCRP that brought together around 400 experts to talk about the challenges of our climate.