0 Degree Service

The 0 degree image service is the main mission of Meteosat Second Generation (MSG).

SEVIRI Instrument channels 1-12 (tn)

The SEVIRI instrument allows for a complete image scan (Full Earth Scan) once every 15-minute period. Each 15-minute period, or repeat cycle, consists of eight segments of image data, with the exception of the HRV channel, which has 24 segments. Each segment has 464 lines of image data.


The 0 degree service comprises High Rate SEVIRI image data, in 12 spectral bands from the satellite's field of view, processed in near real-time to Level 1.5.

The data are accompanied by the appropriate ancillary information that allows the user to calculate the geographical position and radiance of any pixel. Before distribution to the user, the data are compressed using lossless compression in the form of Wavelet License Registration.

A secondary Low Rate SEVIRI service is also provided comprising of a subset of five SEVIRI spectral channels. Data are compressed using lossy JPEG compression prior to onward distribution to the user.

The nominal coverage of the prime MSG service — the geostationary service from the MSG satellite located at 0 degrees longitude — includes the whole of Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, all of Africa and at locations where the elevation to the satellite is greater than or equal to 10°.

A repeat cycle prologue file precedes the delivery of the image segments and a repeat cycle epilogue file follows after the delivery of the segments and contains final quality information for the image. The image segments are numbered and a fixed relationship between the image segment number and the line offset is established. The image segment numbering direction follows the radiometer scan direction.

Data Access

The 0 degree data can be accessed via the Data Centre, EUMETCast Satellite, Global Telecommunications System (GTS), GEONETCast Americas and Direct Dissemination.

Search the Product Navigator catalogue for full details on data access and dissemination.

Spectral Channels

High Rate SEVIRI image data consist of geographical arrays of various sizes of image pixels, each pixel containing 10 data bits, representing the received radiation from the earth and its atmosphere in the 12 spectral channels. Of these 12 spectral channels, 11 provide measurements with a resolution of 3 km at the sub-satellite point with the 12th, the High Resolution Visible (HRV) channel, providing measurements with a resolution of 1 km:

Black and white image of the Earth

Black and white image of the Earth

Black and white image of the Earth

Black and white image of the Earth

Black and white image of the Earth

Black and white image of the Earth

Black and white image of the Earth

Black and white image of the Earth

Black and white image of the Earth

Black and white image of the Earth

Black and white image of the Earth

Black and white image of the Earth








The Low Rate SEVIRI services comprises the following five spectral channels:

  • Channel 1 (VIS 0.6)
  • Channel 3 (IR 1.6)
  • Channel 4 (IR 3.9)
  • Channel 5 (WV 6.2)
  • Channel 9 (IR 10.8)

Illustration of the fine detail visible with the HRV channel (AVI, 10.4MB). The low-level clouds over the Po Valley in the morning are visible, as well as convection along the Appennines in the afternoon, producing cirrus anvils.

Scan Modes

The HRV channel supports a mode of operation known as Alternative HRV Scanning Mode Operations. In this mode it is possible to introduce a horizontal split into the HRV image, and separately specify the E-W offset of the HRV image window above and below the split.

From the start of MSG routine operations until 31 August 2005, the HRV scanning mode was fixed as follows:

  • Split position: Line 914
  • E-W offset for lower window: Chosen to east-justify the image
  • E-W position for upper window: Chosen to optimise the coverage of the European region

From 31 August 2005 onwards, the lower window shifted to follow the daily illumination. The configuration is as follows:

  • Between 00:00 and 14:00 UT the lower HRV window is east-justified so as to optimise the coverage of the Indian Ocean region.
  • Between 14:00 and 17:00 UTC the lower HRV window moves every hour, on the hour incrementally westwards, until in becomes west-justified.
  • Between 17:00 and 00:00 UTC the lower HRV window is west-justified to optimise the coverage of the Atlantic Ocean.

From 2 December 2014 onwards, for the FES prime mission, the upper window is shifted to include the Azores Islands in the HRV window. The configuration is as follows:

  • Between 00:00 UTC and 17:00 UTC, the upper HRV window is at its nominal position centred on Europe (≈1894 km from FES window right edge).
  • At 17:00 UTC the upper HRV window is shifted about 973 km in the westward direction.
  • Between 17:00 UTC and 00:00 UTC the upper HRV window is kept in the westward shifted position, to monitor the Azores Islands during Turkey's dark hours.
  • At 00:00 UTC the upper HRV window is shifted back to the normal position.

This animation shows the HRV window configuration (MP4, 6 MB)

Quality Indicators

High Rate SEVIRI Image Product contains numerous image quality indicators. These indicators provide information on the completeness, geometric quality, radiometric quality, and timeliness of the Level 1.5 product, as well as information on the quality and completeness of the Level 1.0 Image from which the Level 1.5 Image Product was derived. See MSG Level 1.5 Image Product - Quality Indicators (PDF, 365 KB).

Service Registration

Access to SEVIRI near real-time and offline data and products typically involves an initial registration process. For further information, please visit our Data Registration page, or register on the Earth Observation Portal (EOP).

Backup Service

Backup service provided by Rapid Scanning Service which is periodically interrupted for short periods of time.

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