Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs)
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.
Ocean and Sea Ice (OSI SAF)
The OSI SAF provides comprehensive information on the ocean-atmosphere interface.
Utilising specialist expertise from the Member States, Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs) are dedicated centres of excellence for processing satellite data. They form an integral part of the distributed EUMETSAT Application Ground Segment.
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The eight EUMETSAT SAFs provide users with operational data and software products, each one for a dedicated user community and application area.
EUMETSAT Secretariat supervises and coordinates the overall activities of the SAF network, ensuring that the SAFs in operations are providing reliable and timely operational services related to the meteorological and environmental issues.
The SAF Network manages and coordinates interfaces between the SAFs themselves and between SAFs and other EUMETSAT systems, overseeing the integration and operations of SAFs into the overall ground segment infrastructure. During this process EUMETSAT ensures that services are delivered in the most reliable and cost-effective way.