Artist's impression of Metop
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Satellites underpin weather view

17 September 2012 Last updated at 09:16 BST

The accuracy of weather forecasts has been steadily improving, and a lot of that success is down to meteorological satellites.

Europe's latest dedicated weather platform to go into orbit is Metop-B, which will ensure there is continuity of observations following on from Metop-A which was launched in 2006.

Dr Alain Ratier, director general of Eumetsat, told the BBC's Jonathan Amos about the importance of space sensors to weather forecasters.