EUMETSAT (European Organization for the Exploitation off Meteorological Satellites) is an intergovernmental organization created by an international convention, composed of 20 European Member States: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Slovakia, Sweden, Swiss and Turkey.
The weather services of these states finance programs EUMETSAT and are the principal users. The financing of the organization is proportional to the rough National revenue (RNB) of each state. The chairman of Weather-France seat with the Council of EUMETSAT as a representative of the France.
Cooperation agreements also exist with the Bulgaria, the Estonia, the Hungary, the Iceland, the Latvia, the Lithuania, the Poland, the Serbia and the Montenegro, the Slovenia, the Czech Republic and the Romania. These states are in the process of becoming members of the organization.
The main aim of EUMETSAT is the installation, the maintenance and the exploitation of the European systems of meteorological satellite. EUMETSAT is responsible for launching and the operations for the satellites, like conveying of it the data with the end users while contributing to the climatic observation and the detection of the climate changes.
The activities of EUMETSAT contribute to a world system of meteorological satellites coordinated with other states having of the space programs. EUMETSAT currently exploit a fleet of 4 satellite geostationary baptized METEOSAT and, in collaboration with ESA, a circumpolar satellite , METOP, launched on October 19th, 2006.
The satellites of observation provide an essential share of the data necessary to the systems of weather forecasting; they help also the meteorologists in the diagnoses of potentially dangerous weather evolutions.
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