The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) is an international organization that operates meteorological satellites on behalf of its 30 member states. Founded in 1986, EUMETSAT is headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany and has satellite ground stations in several locations around the world.
EUMETSAT's mission is to provide meteorological and environmental data, images, and products to its member states, which use the information for a variety of purposes, including weather forecasting, climate monitoring, and environmental protection. The organization operates a fleet of meteorological satellites that are equipped with a range of sensors and instruments to measure various atmospheric and surface conditions.
In addition to its core meteorological mission, EUMETSAT also plays a key role in the development and operation of the European satellite system known as the Copernicus programme, which provides a range of services related to the Earth's environment and security. EUMETSAT works closely with other organizations and agencies to ensure that the data and products it provides are of the highest quality and are used effectively by its member states.