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European Weather Satellite MetOp Delivers First High Quality Data

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Mar 8, 2007 12:21 am
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Launched in October 2006 onboard an Ariane rocket, the MetOp weather satellite is currently in its operation test phase. It orbits the Earth in about 800 kilometers altitude and will increase weather forecast from three to five days.

Additionally to its standard weather forecast instruments, the satellite carries a total of 11 instruments, including the GOME-2 or Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment. This instrument now collected its first data. It will deliver high precision ozone data in order to make detailed global maps of ozone concentration.

These maps can help to analyse the effects of the ozone layer on Earth as the data directly delivers values for UV-radiation at ground. These radiation has major effects on the whole biosystem as everyone knows by himself with nasty sunburns.

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