SAF Official Service Name
Satellite Application Facility on Ozone and Atmospheric Chemistry Monitoring (O3M SAF)
The O3M SAF produces, archives, validates and disseminates ozone and atmospheric chemistry products, to support the services of the EUMETSAT Member States in weather forecasting, as well as monitoring of ozone depletion, air quality and surface UV radiation.
In addition, these products contribute to the implementation of the EUMETSAT strategy in environmental monitoring of the atmosphere. This is achieved at the European level by contributing to the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) activities, and in the global scale by implementing the global observations of the key atmospheric parameters, as recommended by the Integrated Global Atmospheric Chemistry Observations Theme (IGACO) within the IGOS framework.
SAF Leader and Consortium
Development Phase: June 1997–June 2002
SAF input satellite data
The following satellite data sources are used to generate O3M SAF products:
The products provided by the O3M SAF are parameters of the atmospheric trace gases, aerosols and surface UV radiation. They are produced either in near-real time (NRT, three hours from sensing) or offline (15 days from sensing). See the Product Navigator for detailed information on the O3M SAF products.
The O3MSAF provides also some climatological datasets.
SAF topology and architecture
The O3M SAF maintains four operations centres and two archives. The quality of the products is monitored by dedicated validation centres.
SAF user community
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF); National Weather Services; World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and scientific research on ozone trace gases, aerosols and surface UV radiation.