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Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management (H SAF)

Supporting hydrological operations

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The H SAF generates and archives high-quality datasets and products for operational hydrological applications.

Last Updated

09 March 2021

Published on

23 June 2020

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SAF objectives

The H SAF operationally generates, validates, distributes and archives high-quality datasets and products for operational hydrological applications, starting from the acquisition and processing of data from Earth observation satellites in geostationary and polar orbits, operated both by EUMETSAT and other satellite organisations. The retrieval of products uses data from microwave and infrared instruments for the best possible accuracy compatible with satellite systems available now, or in the near future.

In short, the H SAF programme focuses on two main activities:

  1. Generation of products:
    • Precipitation products
    • Soil moisture products
    • Snow parameters
  2. Independent validation of the benefit of the new products for hydrological applications.

H SAF applications are foreseen to fit with the objectives of other European and international programmes — such as PREVIEW, CYCLOPS and Copernicus fast tracks — with special relevance to those initiatives which want to mitigate hazards and natural disasters, such as flash floods, forest fires, landslides and drought conditions, and improve water management.


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