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EUMETSAT joins the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters'
09 July 2012
Extreme weather such as hurricanes, floods and even excessive heat or cold claims lives every year. The European body that monitors weather and climate from space has now joined international partners to help prepare for disasters.
The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites - EUMETSAT - formally became the newest member of the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' on 5 July.
Founded by ESA and the French and Canadian space agencies, the Charter is an international collaboration between the owners and operators of Earth observation missions to provide rapid access to satellite data to help disaster management authorities in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
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