SAF Official Service Name
Satellite Application Facility on Ocean and Sea Ice (OSI SAF)
The OSI SAF is an answer to requirements, from the meteorological and oceanographic communities of EUMETSAT Member and Cooperating States, for comprehensive information derived from meteorological satellites at the ocean-atmosphere interface. The OSI SAF offers a precious complement to in-situ data, based on continuously increasing temporal and geographical resolution products from coastal to global coverage.
It takes into account, in particular, the requirements expressed in the framework of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE GHRSST-PP), and, finally, Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and its Large Integrated Project MyOcean.
SAF Leader and Consortium
Development Phase: April 1997–June 2002
SAF input satellite data
The following satellite data sources are used to generate OSI SAF products:
The OSI SAF develops, processes and distributes, in near-real time, products related to four key parameters of the ocean-atmosphere interface. Products are accessible on local FTP servers with flexible extraction interface, EUMETCast, and UMARF. See the Product Navigator for detailed information on the OSI SAF products.
The OSISAF also provides climatological datasets (such as Sea ice concentration) accessible via the OSI SAF website.
SAF topology and architecture
The production is based on three sub-systems:
SAF user community
Main usages of the OSI SAF products are: operational weather forecasting; operational marine meteorology; operational oceanography; polar research; research in meteorology and oceanography; climate monitoring, and environment monitoring.