Weather satellites provide raw data for weather and climate models. EUMETSAT collects this raw data and distributes the processed data to weather institutes in its member countries, such as the Dutch KNMI. The institutes themselves contribute to the processing of the data. How does this work, how are the data distributed, and what is SURF's role?
Being able to forecast the weather in space is becoming ever more important. So-called sub-storms caused by fluctuations in the Sun’s activity pose a threat to satellites and could be fatal to astronauts and space tourists.
In the WHOLE SUN project, world leading European solar and stellar physicists join expertise and techniques to create for the first time a global integrated view of our star and extend it to its twins.
How is this even possible? A cuckoo carrying a tiny transmitter signalling to a satellite and allowing researchers to track its 16,000-kilometre, ten-month-long loop migration from Scandinavia to Central Africa and back.