EUMETSAT 62nd Council Meeting to be held in Cork City, Ireland

Darmstadt, (PresseBox) - EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, will hold its 62nd Council Meeting at the kind invitation of Declan Murphy, Chairman of the EUMETSAT Council and Director of the National Meteorological Institute, Met Eireann, in Cork City, Ireland, 26 - 27 June 2007.

“We are very pleased to come to Cork for the 62nd Council Meeting,” stated Dr. Lars Prahm, Director-General of EUMETSAT “We are at a very interesting time in our history as we review the success of our first polar-orbiting satellite, Metop-A, and will make decisions concerning the Meteosat Third Generation satellites which will eventually replace the current set of geostationary satellites”.

Declan Murphy, Director of Met Eireann, said that he was pleased to welcome the EUMETSAT Council to his native city of Cork in Ireland. “EUMETSAT makes an invaluable contribution every day to our weather forecasting activities and is becoming an increasingly important player in climate monitoring, which is a key part of our engagement with the issue of Climate Change”.

The EUMETSAT Council is the governing body of the organisation, consisting of delegations from EUMETSAT’s 20 Member States. It decides on the “overall direction” of EUMETSAT i.e. follow-up satellite programs, accession of new members, approval of the EUMETSAT budget etc. Depending on the type and importance, decisions are made by unanimous vote, by a two-thirds majority or by a simple majority, whereby every Member State has one vote. The Council usually meets twice a year for ordinary sessions.

The images and other products available from the EUMETSAT satellites are used in all weather forecasting operations in Europe and further afield and the images are frequently used on television weather broadcasts. EUMETSAT also operates a network of specialist Satellite Applications Facilities which enhance the value of the satellite information for a variety of specific purposes.

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Die europäische Organisation für die Nutzung meteorologischer Satelliten ist eine zwischenstaatliche Organisation mit Sitz in Darmstadt, Deutschland, mit derzeit 21 europäischen Mitgliedsstaaten (Belgien, Dänemark, Deutschland, Finnland, Frankreich, Griechenland, Irland, Italien, Kroatien, Luxemburg, die Niederlande, Norwegen, Österreich, Portugal, Schweden, Schweiz, Slowakei, Slowenien, Spanien, Türkei und das Vereinigte Königreich) und 9 Kooperationsstaaten (Bulgarien, Estland, Island, Lettland, Litauen, Polen, Rumänien, Tschechische Republik und Ungarn).

EUMETSAT betreibt gegenwärtig die geostationären Satelliten Meteosat-8 und -9 über Europa und Afrika sowie Meteosat-6 und -7 über dem Indischen Ozean. Metop-A, Europas erster polarumlaufender Wettersatellit, wurde im Oktober 2006 gestartet und liefert seit dem 15. Mai 2007 operationelle Daten. Nach seinem Start, der für Mitte Juni 2008 geplant ist, wird der Jason-2-Meeresbeobachtungssatellit die bisherigen Missionen von EUMETSAT um Daten zur Meeresoberflächentopographie erweitern. Die Daten, Produkte und Dienste von den Satelliten von EUMETSAT leisten einen bedeutenden Beitrag für die Wettervorhersage und für die Überwachung des globalen Klimas.

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