Model of the METOP-A satellite at the front of EUMETSAT's building

Model of the METOP-A satellite at the front of EUMETSAT’s building

Metop is a series of three polar orbiting meteorological satellites which form the space segment component of the overall EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS).

Metop carries a set of ‘heritage’ instruments provided by the United States and a new generation of European instruments that offer improved remote sensing capabilities to both meteorologists and climatologists. These instruments augment the accuracy of temperature humidity measurements, readings of wind speed and direction, and atmospheric ozone profiles.

Metop has brought about a new era in the way the Earth’s weather, climate and environment are observed and has significantly improved operational meteorology, particularly┬áNumerical Weather Prediction (NWP).

If you would like more information about the Metop family of satellites, please follow this link to the Eumetsat website.

We collect and process information from the following instruments on board the METOP-A and METOP-B satellites:

Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI)

IASI is one of the most advanced onboard instruments measuring infrared radiation emitted from the surface of the Earth to derive data of unprecedented accuracy and resolution on humidity and atmospheric temperature profiles in the troposphere and lower stratosphere, as well as some of the chemical components playing a key role in climate monitoring, global change and atmospheric chemistry.

We produce a range of information and charts based on data from the IASI instrument. View some of the data here.