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EUMETSAT and Operational Oceanography

Hans Bonekamp(1) and Francois Parisot(1)

(1) EUMETSAT, Am Kavalleriesand 31, D-64295 Darmstadt, Germany


Currently, a major enterprise of the operational oceanography community is to develop an operational integrative service, providing real time and prognostic information on the state of the global ocean. This service will help its users to perform their duties in understanding and monitoring the world’s marine environment and controlling a safe, unpollutive and sustainable human exploitation of this environment. Core elements of the service infrastructure are global and regional numerical ocean models, advanced data assimilation systems and timely streams of observational data. Since vast parts of the global ocean are very remote to human life, operational satellite systems are indispensable for the latter and hence the success of the service. The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) is one of Europe’s leading centers in Earth Observation. It has the capacity to guarantee a timely provision of high-quality observational data originating from operational satellite systems and it’s involvement in operational oceanography is growing. For the Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM), the Jason-2 program, EUMETSAT will be one of the operational centers, delivering the Near Real Time altimeter products for the global ocean. Secondly, being part’s of EUMETSAT’S distributed ground system network, the Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI-SAF) is disseminating state-of-the-art- products of e.g. sea surface temperature, surface heat fluxes, sea surface winds and sea ice. In this presentation, the status and developments of EUMETSAT contribution to the Jason-2 program will be presented including an explanation of the products and their dissemination. In addition, an outline of the current and future OSI-SAF services will be shown together with EUMETSAT’s view of its role in operational oceanography.


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