ESA Bulletin 127 (August 2006)
The launch of MetOp will mark the start of a new era in European satellite meteorology. MetOp-A is Europe's first polar-orbiting satellite dedicated to operational meteorology.
MetOp will provide data of unprecedented accuracy and resolution on temperature and humidity, wind speed and direction over the ocean, and ozone and other trace gases, making a huge contribution to global weather forecasting and climate monitoring. MetOp-A will also observe land and ocean surfaces and its search-and-rescue service will help ships and aircraft in distress.
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