The Case for the Eumetsat Polar System (EPS)/Metop Second-Generation Programme: Cost Benefit Analysis

  • Stéphane HallegatteEmail author
  • John Eyre
  • Tony McNally
  • Roland Potthast
  • Robert Husband
Part of the Yearbook on Space Policy book series (YEARSPACE)


Observations from meteorological satellites are crucial inputs for the generation of weather forecasts and, in order to derive an estimate of the benefit-to-cost ratio of the polar-orbiting EPS/Metop-SG satellite programme proposed by EUMETSAT and ESA, an assessment of the socio-economic benefits of forecasts within the EU, in a number of key areas, is overlaid onto an analysis of the impact of polar-orbiting satellite observations on forecast skill, to produce a likely benefit-to-cost ratio of 20 for the proposed programme.


Weather Forecast Forecast Accuracy Numerical Weather Prediction Forecast Skill Meteorological Satellite 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stéphane Hallegatte
    • 1
    Email author
  • John Eyre
    • 2
  • Tony McNally
    • 3
  • Roland Potthast
    • 4
  • Robert Husband
    • 5
  1. 1.World BankWashington DCUSA
  2. 2.Met Office (UK)ExeterUK
  3. 3.European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)ReadingUK
  4. 4.Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)OffenbachGermany
  5. 5.MSYS Ltd, Isle of Man**

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