EUMETSAT (the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) is an intergovernmental organisation established in 1986, which today provides 30 Member States and 1 Cooperating State with weather and climate-related satellite data, images and products – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The primary objective of EUMETSAT is to establish, maintain and exploit European systems of operational meteorological satellites, taking into account as far as possible the recommendations of the World Meteorological Organization. The data generated by EUMETSAT’s satellite systems and the derived products are supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as to other users world-wide. A further objective of EUMETSAT is to contribute to the operational monitoring of the climate and the detection of global climate changes. More detailed information about EUMETSAT and its organisational structure can be found at http://www.eumetsat.int.