The EUMETSAT Council has agreed to open four pilot ‘big data’ services to all users of the organisation’s meteorological and climate data in Autumn 2019.

A common cloud infrastructure and data pool will provide pilot services for online data access, multicast via a high-speed terrestrial network, advanced web mapping visualization and online product customization.

Building on the validation of exploratory BIG DATA services by the national meteorological services of EUMETSAT members, EUMETSAT’s pilot BIG DATA services will be fully operational by mid-2021, at the end of the open pilot phase. In the meantime, EUMETSAT plans to launch a fifth hosted processing pilot service, building on the experience gained in the operational operation of a Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS) platform under the name WEkEO, deployed in partnership with the ECMWF and Mercator-Océan International.

The Council also approved the re-planning of the integration and test sequence of the Metop-SG B1 satellite and the postponement of its launch to the end of 2023, one year after the launch of the Metop-SG A1 satellite, in order to eliminate resource conflicts in the event of too early launch dates. Several satellites are therefore planned to be launched for this purpose in 2022, 2023 and 2024.

The Council also decided to invest in the construction of an on-site childcare service, which is expected to accommodate 44 children of United Nations staff from January 2022.

“This decision by our Board is another important step in the development of our family policy, which is essential to make EUMETSAT more attractive to young professionals who wish to contribute to our unique mission, in an environment of support and integration,” said Alain Ratier, Executive Director.

Finally, a new contract for the power supply to Headquarters approved by the Council guarantees that EUMETSAT Headquarters will be 100% supplied with renewable and clean energy as from November.

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