Land Surface Analysis (LSA SAF)
Using remotely sensed data for land, land-atmosphere interactions and biosphere applications.
The aim of the LSA SAF is to take full advantage of remotely sensed data on land, land-atmosphere interactions and biosphere applications.
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A strong emphasis is put on developing and implementing algorithms that will allow an operational use of data from EUMETSAT satellites. The LSA SAF system, mainly centralised at Instituto Português do Mar e Atmosfera (IPMA), Portugal, generates, archives and disseminates, on an operational basis, a set of parameters related to the surface radiation budget, vegetation (including vegetation state, stress and wild-fires) and surface-atmosphere exchanges of energy, water and carbon.
The LSA SAF addresses a wide user community, ranging from surface processes modelling (e.g. Numerical Weather Prediction, NWP), seasonal forecasting and climate models to agriculture and forestry applications (e.g. fire hazards, food production and hydrology). Users benefit from products generated from a reliable observing system, designed to ensure long-term operations.
The life cycle of EUMETSAT satellites, and the participation of LSA SAF consortium members in Copernicus Services (Global Land and CAMS), put the LSA SAF in a privileged position as a product/service provider for international programmes.
SAF leader and consortium
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (IMK), Germany
Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL), University of Lisbon, Portugal
King's College, United Kingdom
Agencija Republike Slovenije za Okolje, Slovenia
University of Valencia, Spain
Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs)
Utilising specialist expertise from the Member States, Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs) are dedicated centres of excellence for processing satellite data.
Support to Nowcasting and Very Short Range Forecasting (NWC SAF)
Nowcasting is a weather forecast for the next few hours, based on current information.
Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP SAF)
The NWP SAF supports the interface between satellite data and European activities in NWP.
Atmospheric Composition monitoring (AC SAF)
The AC SAF processes satellite data on ozone, other trace gases, aerosols and ultraviolet data.
Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management (H SAF)
The H SAF generates and archives datasets and products for operational hydrological applications.
Ocean and Sea Ice (OSI SAF)
The OSI SAF provides comprehensive information on the ocean-atmosphere interface.