Since October 2006 EUMETSAT is flying the first operational European meteorological polar orbiting satellite
Metop-A as the morning orbit part of the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) with the U.S. Metop-A is the first of a
series of three in the frame of the EUMETSAT Polar System and carries a payload of eight meteorological
instruments which provide inter alia sounding information for numerical weather prediction, ocean surface
information, information on ozone and atmospheric chemistry. Most of the planned products are now operational. In
addition, so called Day-2 products are developed or have already been developed. Such products include Soil
Moisture from the Advanced Scatterometer ASCAT, a Vegetation index from the AVHRR imager and polar cap
winds from AVHRR.
About two years after the launch the first of these products have become operational: The soil moisture. The paper
will discuss the first delivered Day-2 products and outline future development aspects. Future Day-2 products address
improved radio occultation with the GRAS instrument and synergistic use of instruments for trace gas observations.