Mekelle University (MU) is working hard to ensure the quality of Academics, Research and Community engagement. To this end the University is determined to establish the Earth Observation Center, which is mainly focusing on the collection, analysis and dissemination of satellite imagery and their derived products to support the academics and research. As part of these endeavors, the EUMETCast receiving station, which is now operational in Mekelle University, is able to receive near-real time satellite imagery every 15 min.
EUMETCast is European Meteorological Satellite’s (EUMETSAT's) primary dissemination mechanism for the near real-time delivery of Environmental satellite data and products. It is a multi-service dissemination system based on standard Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) technology. It uses commercial telecommunication geostationary satellites to multicast files (data and products) to a wide user community. Similar to the way satellite TV receiver box receives data which are turned into images on TV, EUMETCast broadcast data collected by its satellites that can be turned into images on computer.
Established in 2004, EUMETCast is the EUMETSAT contribution to GEONETCast with coverage over Europe (through ku band), Africa and the Americas (through C band). Just like direct reception, the data is only broadcast once so if a transmission is missed, that's tough, the data is missed!
This user-driven, user-friendly, and low-cost information dissemination service aims to provide global information as a basis for sound decision-making in a number of critical areas, including:
- Public health
- Natural disasters
More importantly the data provides improved information for land use, ecology, disaster monitoring and agricultural forecasting. In EUMETCast's highly scalable architecture will provide the near real-time Sentinel-3 data services.
As the data to be collected and analyzed through this reception is large, the MU’s new data center can provide storage facility for the raw and processed data. Mekelle University will continue to strengthen the Earth Observation Center with the state-of-the-art technology so that the academic and research will contribute to advance the science and developmental challenges of the country.
The successful completion of the center is possible through the great support and follow-up from MU management; especially the support from Dr. Kindeya to realize this reception station was appreciable. The MU is grateful for the substantial usual support it received from the Ethio telecom through provision of technical and material support.
Daniel Teka (PhD)