It is now more than fifty years since the first weather satellite, Tiros 1, was launched and today a whole fleet of weather satellites are in orbit above the Earth monitoring our weather and climate. EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, currently operates six weather satellites.
Today’s weather forecasts rely on the might of powerful supercomputers, which process hundreds of thousands of observations of current weather conditions through mathematical models of the oceans and atmosphere, to forecast future weather. Europe’s Meteosat and Metop weather satellites keep an eye on the atmosphere, monitoring air quality and pollutants, ozone, trace and greenhouse gases, fires, and aerosols.
So join us on a guided tour with Phil Harvey to the core of EUMETSAT in Darmstadt: The Mission Control Room.