Farming the land

Metop-C ASCAT Soil Moisture products from H SAF on EUMETCast soon

Farming the land
Farming the land

H SAF Metop-C ASCAT Soil Moisture products will be available on EUMETCast from 24 September 2020.

Last Updated

21 January 2021

Published on

10 September 2020

The products are:

Metop-C ASCAT Soil Moisture at 12.5 km Swath Grid (ID: H104)
Metop-C ASCAT Soil Moisture at 25 km Swath Grid (ID: H105)

The ASCAT Surface Soil Moisture products provide an estimate of the water saturation of the 5 cm topsoil layer, in relative units between 0 and 100 [%]. The algorithm used to derive this parameter is based on a linear relationship of soil moisture and scatterometer backscatter, and uses change detection techniques to eliminate the contributions of vegetation, land cover and surface topography, considered invariant from year to year. Seasonal vegetation effects are modelled by exploiting the multiple viewing capabilities of ASCAT.

The Metop-C ASCAT Soil Moisture products currently have Demonstration status.

Example filenames:

H104: W_XX-EUMETSAT-Darmstadt,SOUNDING+SATELLITE,METOPC+ASCAT_C_EUMR_20200824223600_09333_eps_o_125_ssm_l2.bin
H105: W_XX-EUMETSAT-Darmstadt,SOUNDING+SATELLITE,METOPC+ASCAT_C_EUMR_20200824223600_09333_eps_o_250_ssm_l2.bin

The products will be distributed on EUMETCast, as follows:

EUMETCast Europe:

Channel: EPS-3
Multicast address:
PID: 500

EUMETCast Africa:

Channel: A1C-EPS-G
Multicast address:
PID: 100

EUMETCast Terrestrial:

Channel: T01-EPS-C-3
Multicast address:

Users wishing to receive these products should register for Metop-C ASCAT Soil Moisture products via our Earth Observation Portal (EOP).

For more information, contact our User Service Helpdesk.