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Meteosat Geostationary Satellites First Generation: Visible wavelengths, Europe (Jan 2000-Oct 2002)

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Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2000-12-10
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Meteosat-7 and its predecessors were the first generation of earth observation dedicated geostationary satellites located at 36000 km above the intersection of the Equator and the Greenwich Meridian. Although superseded by MSG-1 (renamed Meteosat-8) in 2005, Meteosat-7 remained as back-up at 0o longitude until 14th June 2006. Meteosat-7 will be moved to 63oE longitude to continue coverage of the Indian Ocean and take over from Meteosat-5.

Meteosat-7 was launched by the European Space Agency and operated by Eumetsat.

This dataset contains visible images from Meteosat Geostationary Satellites First Generation over Europe.

Citable as:  EUMETSAT (2000): Meteosat Geostationary Satellites First Generation: Visible wavelengths, Europe (Jan 2000-Oct 2002). NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: MSG, visible, Satellites, Europe


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The Data held at the BADC are images of that portion of the Meteosat view field encompassing Northern Atlantic, Europe and North Africa, in all available channels (visible, thermal and water vapour infra-red bands). From 11th of November 1999 until 31st October 2002 these images were daily mirrored from the Meteosat archive at the University of Nottingham. The images include zooms of Northern Atlantic and Europe in the visible band and are provided in JPEG format.

Images were received in this way until a technical fault at Nottingham resulted in the service being suspended.

Full-disc images of the Meteosat view field were subsequently received from the Eumetsat archive in Germany. Jpeg images covering Northern Atlantic, Europe and North Africa have been obtained from EUMETSAT to fill the gap in the archive between October 2002 and August 2003.

Data Quality:
Operational satellite data.
File Format:
Images are JPG formatted

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Process overview

This dataset was generated by a combination of instruments deployed on platforms and computations as detailed below.

Mobile platform operations

Mobile Platform Operation 1 Mobile Platform Operation for: METEOSAT-7

Computation Element: 1

Title Meteosat Geostationary Satellites First Generation visible imagery
Abstract Visible imagery images derived from Meteosat Geostationary Satellites First Generation visible imagery or METEOSAT-7.
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  • long_name: Visible Imagery
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  • gcmd_keyword: Visible Imagery
  • names: Visible Imagery,

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