In Wednesday, on 7th November, the third satellite in the EUMETSAT Metop satellite series was launched. It will produce data for atmospheric, marine and land coverage monitoring and research as well as continue of the data series of Metop-A and B satellites. FMI is leading the AC SAF project which use IASI and GOME-2 instruments onboard the Metop satellites.
The first satellite, Metop-A, was launched in 2007. The GOME-2 and IASI instruments onboard of this satellite have measured gas components, aerosols and radiation of atmosphere since then. These products have been used to monitor ozone depletion and minor trace gases affecting to depletion and anthropogenic and forest fire emissions effects to air quality, and in monitoring of UV radiation and emissions from volcanic eruptions and forest fires, for example. The products are used also as input to atmospheric models. The next satellite, Metop-B, was launched in 2012 and after that, there has been four instruments measuring atmospheric composition.
“This is an unusually long campaign and shows the determination and knowhow what we have in Europe”, says AC SAF project manager Seppo Hassinen. The Metop platform and it’s operations are funded by the EUMETSAT and it’s member states. EUMETSAT was founded in 1986 and it’s main purpose is to produce satellite data and images for meteorological services and research institutions of it’s member states. The AC SAF project is part of the EUMETSAT ground segment by developing, processing and disseminating GOME-2 and IASI products, and by providing user services.
EUMETSAT Metop-C pages including video: https://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/MetopCLaunch/Status/index.html
AC SAF Twitter account shoving examples of data usage: @Atmospheric_SAF