Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP SAF)
Supporting Numerical Weather Prediction activities
The NWP SAF aims to improve and support the interface between satellite data/products and European activities in NWP.
09 March 2021
23 June 2020
The NWP SAF exists to increase the benefits derived from numerical weather prediction by developing techniques for more effective use of satellite data, and to improve the exploitation of data and products from EUMETSAT satellites programmes, and related programmes of other agencies.
To achieve these objectives, the NWP SAF updates, assesses and prioritises user requirements and develops the satellite data processing modules needed to meet those requirements. These include: pre-processing; retrieval and assimilation modules; modules for monitoring, tuning and quality control, and modules for validation of satellite products and of observation operators. It also monitors the quality of many satellite data streams and makes the results available on the web. European National Meteorological Services are the NWP SAF's primary users, but the tools it develops have found a worldwide community of users, with a wide range of research and operational applications extending well beyond NWP. NWP SAF products also underpin activities in international programmes, such as the Copernicus programme.
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.
Support to Nowcasting and Very Short Range Forecasting (NWC SAF)
Nowcasting is a weather forecast for the next few hours, based on current information.
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.