Ocean and Sea Ice (OSI SAF)
Data on ocean and atmosphere interactions
The OSI SAF provides comprehensive information on the ocean-atmosphere interface — requirements of both meteorology and oceanography.
27, October 2020
The OSI SAF is an answer to requirements, from the meteorological and oceanographic communities of EUMETSAT Member and Cooperating States, for comprehensive information derived from meteorological satellites at the ocean-atmosphere interface. The OSI SAF offers a precious complement to in-situ data, based on continuously increasing temporal and geographical resolution products from coastal to global coverage.
It takes into account, in particular, the requirements expressed in the framework of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), Group for High Resolution Sea Surface temperature (GHRSST), and the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS).
SAF leader and consortium
Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (IFREMER), France
Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), Denmark
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), The Netherlands
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.
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.