Snowy road. Credit: scharfsinn86

New snow products from H SAF on EUMETCast soon


Photo credit: scharfsinn86

Snowy road. Credit: scharfsinn86
Snowy road. Credit: scharfsinn86

Two new H SAF snow products will be available on EUMETCast from 20 May 2021.

Last Updated

04 October 2022

Published on

06 May 2021

The products are:

H34: Snow detection (snow mask) by VIS/NIR of SEVIRI – this product, in HDF5 format, provides a binary map of snow / no-snow situation based on the acquisition of VIS/IR images from GEO.

  • Input satellite data: SEVIRI on MSG
  • Generation frequency: Output every 24h
  • Spatial coverage: MSG Disc

H35: Snow detection (snow mask) and Effective snow cover by VIS/NIR of AVHRR – this product, in GRIB2 format, is an estimate of the fractional cover at resolution element level using the combined effect of fractional snow cover and other reflective contributors.

  • Input satellite data: AVHRR (NOAA, Metop)
  • Generation frequency: Output every 24h
  • Spatial coverage: Global

These products have pre-operational status.

The main difference compared to the currently distributed H SAF operational snow products (H10 and H12) is essentially that H10 and H12 cover only the Pan-European region.

The following improvements to H34 and H35 are expected in the future and will allow an upgrade of the products to ‘Operational’ status:

  • H34: Further studies in dry mountainous environments, near desert areas and in African areas for improved performance.
  • H35: Validation extension to areas in North America or Asia.

The products will be distributed on EUMETCast as follows:

EUMETCast Europe

Channel: E1B-SAF-5
PID: 500
Multicast address:

EUMETCast Africa

Channel: A1C-SAF-5
PID: 100
Multicast address:

EUMETCast Terrestrial

Channel: T01-SAF
Multicast address:

Example filenames

H34: S-HSAF-h34_20210206_day_merged.H5.gz

H35: S-HSAF-h35_20210206_day_merged.grib2.gz

Users already subscribed to receive H SAF products via EUMETCast will receive these new products automatically. Other users wishing to receive these products should register via our Earth Observation Portal.

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