European Meteorological Satellite Organisation

Data Center Description
More Information:

Eumetsat is an inter-governmental organisation created in 1986 by
16 European States; Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,
Greece, Italy, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The primary
objective of Eumetsat is to establish, maintain and exploit
European systems of operational meteorological satellites.
The legal basis for Eumetsat is its Convention, an agreement
under international law ratified by all of the Member States. The
Convention constitutes Eumetsat as an entity with legal
personality, represented by its Director, who is responsible for
the day-to-day activities of the organisation. Overall direction
is given by the Eumetsat Council, which meets two or three times
each year and which includes delegates from all of the Member

Initially, Eumetsat has been concerned principally with the Meteosat
geostationary satellite system developed by the European Space Agency.
In addition, Eumetsat is now planning the second generation of Meteosat
satellites (to be operated after 1998), and is actively considering a
European contribution to polar orbiting meteorological satellite systems.
Between the end of the Meteosat Operational Programme and the start of
Meteosat Second Generation, at least one Meteosat Transition
Programme satellite is expected to be manufactured and launched.

Although Eumetsat is responsible for the Meteosat Operational
Programme, the archiving and dissemination of Meteosat data and data
products are the responsibility of the Earthnet Programme Office. In
addition to basic visible and infrared Meteosat imagery, the Meteosat
Meteorological Information Extraction Centre (at ESOC) generates
several meteorological products on a routine basis including:

* cloud motion vectors;
* sea surface temperatures;
* cloud analyses;
* upper tropospheric humidity;
* cloud top height;
* climate data set;
* precipitation index;
* International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) data;
* Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP) data.

System Contact:
For further information on the Meteosat satellite system and
other Eumetsat activities, interested parties are invited to view the
Eumetsat Electronic Bulletin Board.
Further information relating specifically to the ordering of Meteosat
data products should be directed to:

Meteosat Data Services, Meteosat Exploitation Project,
Attention Mr. J. Le Ber,
European Space Operations Centre (ESOC),
Robert Bosch Strasse 5,
D-6100 Darmstadt, Germany.

Telephone: +49 6151 90 2534
Facsimile: +49 6151 90 495
Telex: 419 453

Access Procedures:
The Eumetsat Electronic Bulletin Board (EBB) has been created in order to
provide up-to-date information about Meteosat, other meteorological satellite
systems and related activities. You can also obtain information about
all Meteosat images, image-related data and meteorological products
which are routinely archived at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC).
This Bulletin is accessible 24 hours every day, including Sundays and bank
holidays and from any country in the world.
It may be accessed in either one of the following modes:

* Via the Packet Switching Network DATEX-P
The NUI is: +262 45 6151 30059

Requirements: The modem or acoustic-coupler should operate with data transfer
rates of 300, 1200 or 2400 bit/sec (ORIGINATE, FULL DUPLEX) and
the telecommunication software should use 8 Data Bits, No parity
and 1 Stop Bit.

* Via direct telephone lines:
The two direct telephone lines can be accessed using one single
telephone number: +49 6151 51052

Requirements: All modem attached to this direct dial access point automatically
adapt to any of the following standards:
SPEED bit/sec CCITT Standard
1200 V.22
2400 V.22bis
Make sure that the modem or the acoustic-coupler is running a
The telecommunication software should use 8 Data Bits, No parity
and one stop bit.

* Via the Prototype International Directory
Use the 'LINK' facility

Ordering/Price Policy:
The distribution and charging policy related to analogue and digital
Meteosat imagery was determined by the Eumetsat Council in 1988. It
distinguishes between use inside the territories of the Eumetsat Member
States and use outside this area. The fundamental principle is that each
Member State is in charge of the distribution and charging within its own
territory. Outside the territories of the Member States Eumetsat takes care
of the distribution and charging.

To receive analogue or digital imagery from Meteosat, permission must
be obtained from Eumetsat (for areas outside the Eumetsat Member
States), or from the national meteorological service of the relevant
country (for areas within the Eumetsat Member States). In each case
a fee may be payable. Applications to Eumetsat should be addressed

The Director, Eumetsat,
Am Elfengrund 45,
D-6100, Darmstadt-Eberstadt, Germany.

Telephone: +49 6151 53920
Facsimile: +49 6151 539225
Telex: 419 7335 emet d

Meteosat data and Meteosat Meteorological Products are priced
according to a two-tier system. `Category A' users belong to Belgium,
Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal,
Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, The United Kingdom.
`Category B' users belong to all other countries. Details of specific
prices may be obtained from Meteosat Data Services (address above).

Available Distribution Media:
Individual Meteosat images or image sectors can be retrieved
from the archive on CCTs or as high quality photographic images.