MET

Meteorological information management

Helping our stakeholders utilise weather information in innovative ways, tailored to their operational needs.

 

At EUROCONTROL we seek to help our stakeholders utilise weather information in innovative ways and we support the aviation industry in its efforts for safer and more efficient operations which minimise environmental impact.

As rising traffic puts pressure on airspace capacity, the ability of the busiest airports and ATM to effectively operate in adverse weather diminishes. In other words, when bad weather happens, the impact on a congested network is significant. The effects of climate change are also likely to create more frequent and more intense adverse weather problems in Europe.

Our vision for the future of aviation meteorology is to see tailored and consistent MET information services powered by SWIM. To deliver this, we identify user requirements for the development of MET services and we serve as focal point of expertise in this field. Our objective is improving the integration and availability of relevant MET information for ATM across Europe.

Weather is responsible for:

~30%

ATM delays in Europe

25.5%

ATFM delays

80%

increase in delay minutes

Operations

As Network Manager, EUROCONTROL tackles disruption and manages crises on a regular basis and develops strategic inputs to adverse weather plans. We also have a European Aviation Crisis Coordination Cell to coordinate the management of crisis responses in the European ATM network.

Research

We make our expertise available to European Commission bodies to facilitate operational and strategic coordination on meteorological information management. In addition to this, we manage, direct and support the planning and implementation of meteorology research projects as part of the SESAR 2020 programme. Specifically, we lead the development of two solutions as part of the SESAR 2020 4D Trajectory Management project (PJ 18).

PJ 18

The SESAR 4D trajectory management project works towards harmonised and global trajectory information sharing, including improved negotiation mechanisms. 

Support to deployment

EUROCONTROL pushes for the deployment of SESAR 1 solutions which are being developed alongside our industry partners. Three projects we support, introducing new pan-European MET services and/or infrastructure, are currently in the process of implementation.

Training

Even with current high technology aircraft, it is impossible to ignore the enormous power and potential hazards of weather systems. We organise various courses describing how meteorology affects ATS operations and aircraft, the organisation of meteorological information services, their position in the ATM system as well as the regulatory framework. We also offer an introduction to the basics of meteorology for ATCOs.

Training zone

EUROCONTROL's learning platform allows you to browse the catalogue of our training courses, submit registration requests and study online.

ICAO support

On the global stage lead by ICAO, EUROCONTROL is an active contributing member of ICAO’s Meteorological Panel (METP), making our stakeholders’ voices heard on matters of implementation and regulatory evolution, and offering strategic direction based on our expertise and experience. Within METP, we lead the working group on MET requirements and integration and participate in all other ICAO METP working and management groups.