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12 September 2019 First results from Metop-C of the EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) (Conference Presentation)
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This Paper provides an overview on the first results of the Metop-C satellite, third and last part of the series of three Metop-satellites of the EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS). EPS is the European contribution to the Polar Meteorological Satellite Observing System. It forms a part of the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS), formed with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). The Metop-C satellite, launched on the 7 November 2018 from the Guyana Space Centre in Kourou, and is finalizing its commissioning activities. The Metop satellites were developed in co-operation with the European Space Agency (ESA). Seven meteorological instruments (among 10) are embarked on Metop-C satellites (eight on Metop-A and –B where the HIRS/4 instrument was embarked as well). These are the IASI (Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer), developed by CNES in co-operation with EUMETSAT, the AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer) and AMSU-A (Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A) instruments, provided by NOAA, the Microwave Humidity Sounder (MHS), developed by EUMETSAT and the GRAS (GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) Receiver for Atmospheric Sounding) instrument, the GOME-2 (Global Ozone Monitoring .-2) instrument and ASCAT (Advanced Scatterometer), developed by ESA as part of the space segment. Metop instrument data – in particular the sounding instruments - provide an essential contribution to global operational Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP). Climate monitoring and atmospheric composition monitoring and ocean and cryosphere observations are further application areas supported by Metop instrument data. Results from the commissioning phase and first application impacts will be presented. After its successful commissioning, there will be three Metop-satellites in orbit for about three years.
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K. Dieter Klaes, Manfred Lugert, Bojan R. Bojkov, Jörg Ackermann, Régis Borde, Dorothée Coppens, Stephanie Guedj, Thomas August, Christian Marquardt, Craig Anderson, Tim H. Hultberg, Marc Crapeau, Ruediger Lang, Rosemary Munro, and Alessandra Cacciari "First results from Metop-C of the EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) (Conference Presentation)", Proc. SPIE 11127, Earth Observing Systems XXIV, 111270V (12 September 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2527395
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