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Lennart at EUMETSAT HQ, in front of our real-size Meteosat Second Generation satellite

Before Lennart Mueller left his recent internship at EUMETSAT, he took the time to explain to us what it was like having the opportunity to work within an operational satellite agency.

Lennart interned with the “Process Assurance and Management Support” division for six months, gaining valuable experience that will no…


Rachel, an astrophysics student currently in her third year of university, interned with us over the last few months and shared her experience with all of you! *Originally published in October 2020 on the EUMETSAT Science Blog*.

Find out how she adapted to life in a new country and got to grips with working at a European organisation…

Can you please introduce yourself and your role?

My name is Rachel Venn and I am working as an “Intern in Strategy, Communications and International Relations” at EUMETSAT.

What…


2020 brought a locust crisis to eastern Africa, threatening food supplies in an already troubled time. *Originally published on the EUMETSAT Science Blog in September 2020*.

In this blog post, we catch up with the activities of the IGAD Climate Prediction & Applications Centre (ICPAC), a climate centre tracking the locusts in East Africa, and see how EUMETSAT’s satellites and data helped mitigate this crisis.

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The locust plague

Desert locust swarms are a pestilence of biblical…


The fires wreaking havoc in California have produced massive amounts of smoke, causing some areas to be lined with falling ash and transforming the normal light of day into eerie orange skies. *Originally published in September 2020 on the EUMETSAT Science Blog*.

It might be surprising to know that the smoke has even made its way as far as Europe.

Fig. 1: A view of the smoke from the California fires as seen from the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite, taken on 10 September 2020

Federico Fierli, Atmospheric Composition expert at EUMETSAT said:

“Each year, we observe extensive and prolonged wildfires in many regions and California is known to be one of the most affected. However, this…


In our Day to Day series of podcasts, we discuss how Earth observation data benefits our lives in different ways.

Continuing in a similar vein, this episode takes us to the marine world and focuses on fisheries, where we learn how satellite data is used to monitor the marine environment, support maritime safety and help manage fishing activity off the coast of West Africa, with special focus on detecting illegal…


Turbulent or rough air is most commonly defined as chaotic currents of air that are disturbed by some outside force.

Air turbulence is an occurrence that takes place everywhere, even at ground level and above the normal cruising altitude.

However, while air turbulence is harmless in most cases, because it…


Impressions from space as wildfires make their way through northern California.

The satellite image clearly shows the thick smoke plumes as a result of the fast-moving wildfires. Image taken 19 August 2020.

For more satellite imagery, visit the EUMETSAT Flickr page.


Get to know us a little better

EUMETSAT might not seem like the obvious choice for an internship, especially if you’re not involved in a scientific or technical background. However, there are many various roles in which you have the possibility to make a difference, as Matej discovered.

Matej sat…


Meteosat Second Generation, or MSG as it’s known for short, is positioned at 36,000 km away and operates over Europe, Africa, the Atlantic Ocean, the Middle East and parts of Latin America.

Our full-size replica model outside EUMETSAT HQ in Darmstadt

There are four satellites in orbit: Meteosat -8, -9, -10 and -11. From these satellites we get images…


Get to know us a little better

We talked (part remotely/part at HQ) with Joana Miguens about her interesting role in data services.

Read on to hear more about Joana’s daily tasks and what she likes to get up to in her spare time!

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