FMI-EUMETSAT Aviation Forecaster Testbed 2024

In partnership with the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), EUMETSAT offers a testbed to prepare Aviation Forecasters for using data from the new Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) satellite programme in their operations.

The FMI aviation testbed simulates an on-site operational meteorological forecasting environment, enhancing the skills of aviation forecasters in using EUMETSAT satellite data and products in aviation services. FMI will use the GEOWEB environment to run the testbed, providing the full suite of typical products from models to observations, including in particular satellite-based products on icing potential, turbulence as well as fog/low clouds and visibility.

During the testbed, forecasters first receive theoretical background on the products, then produce on-the-spot forecasts and nowcasts based on selected cases, using a mix of new nowcasting and forecasting tools, followed by a verification and discussion.

Particular focus will be given to the use of MTG satellite data and products.