Support to Nowcasting and Very Short Range Forecasting (NWC SAF)
Data for forecasting in short timescales
Nowcasting is a weather forecast for the next few hours, based on current information.
09 March 2021
24 June 2020
The main objective of the NWC SAF is to ensure the optimal usage of meteorological satellite data in Nowcasting and Very Short Range Forecasting.
To achieve it, the NWC SAF develops and maintains software packages that are freely distributed to registered users allowing the generation of satellite derived products with a direct application in Nowcasting. The software packages are installed locally at the user's site allowing data processing from operational meteorological satellites flying in geostationary orbits (e.g. Meteosat Second Generation (MSG), Himawari 8, GOES-R series) or polar orbits (e.g. Metop or NOAA).
The NWC SAF provides support to the users through the NWC SAF Helpdesk including support to visualisation of products.
SAF leader and consortium
Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs)
Utilising specialist expertise from the Member States, Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs) are dedicated centres of excellence for processing satellite data.
Land Surface Analysis (LSA SAF)
The LSA SAF exploits remotely-sensed data on land, land-atmosphere interactions and biosphere applications.
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.