African meteorologists prepare for next-generation weather satellite data


EUMETSAT, the European meteorological satellite agency, will launch the first satellite of its third generation Meteosat (MTG) system later this year. MTG satellites fly in a geostationary orbit with a constant view over Europe and Africa.

“EUMETSAT’s Meteosat satellites are the only Earth observation satellites that have a constant 24/7 view of Africa,” said EUMETSAT Director General Phil Evans.

“MTG will provide images of Africa at a higher resolution than is currently possible and more frequently, i.e. every 10 minutes. As EUMETSAT makes this data available to Africa, it means that an unprecedented amount of more accurate information will be available to help save lives, infrastructure and economies on the continent and to support better agriculture. sustainable.

“MTG will improve predictions of rapidly developing severe weather events, such as convective storms. It will enable African national meteorological services to provide more accurate and timely warnings and forecasts of severe weather events to their populations, first responders and civil authorities.

“Severe weather events are increasingly common in our changing climate, so the importance of this system to Africa cannot be overstated.”

Evans said the wide range of possible applications with data from new and improved instruments on MTG satellites would benefit communities in Africa, for example, vegetation, rainfall and climate products could support the agricultural sector and improve food safety.

This week’s conference will discuss the transition from using second generation Meteosat data to using the vastly increased amount of higher resolution data available from MTG. Discussions will focus on building capacity through training and improving services, supporting research and development, increasing bandwidth for data access and supporting the creation of a center African application of meteorological satellites.

The conference follows high-level meetings with policy makers from partner organizations including the African Union Commission, European Commission, World Meteorological Organization and EUMETSAT.

“EUMETSAT has been working with partners in Africa for over 20 years and is committed to supporting African weather and climate services to get the most out of our weather satellites,” said Evans.

“Our next-generation satellite systems herald a new era for satellite meteorology, not only in Europe, but also in Africa.”



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