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.
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.
The Product Navigator has a full list of EUMETSAT centrally produced and SAF products.
Satellite Application Facilities
The Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs) are a distributed network of thematic application facilities responsible for necessary research, development, and operational activities not carried out by the central facility. The SAFs are located within the National Meteorological Services (NMS) of EUMETSAT Member States, or other agreed entities linked to a user community.
SAFs deliverables can be a specific piece of software to be made available to users for use in their own environment, or data and products made available in near real-time or offline.
The map below shows the deployment of the SAF Operational Architecture. Distributed architecture are indicated by a red dot, by selecting it, the relevant operational subsystem details will be displayed.
Products generated within the Application Ground Segment are subject to a validation process to ensure the correct quality of product has been reached. All products need to meet validation criteria before an "operational" product status can be applied. Corresponding validation reports are made available at the time of the product release.
Archiving Data and Products
All data and products generated within the Application Ground Segment are archived and can be retrieved, on demand, by users. The EUMETSAT Data Centre provides the central archive facility and retrieval service. The network of SAF archives provides thematic archive and retrieval services for their products. Products from the SAFs can be ordered centrally via the Data Centre.
Ocean and Sea Ice
The OSI SAF provides comprehensive information on the ocean-atmosphere interface — requirements of both meteorology and oceanography.
Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management
The H SAF generates and archives high-quality datasets and products for operational hydrological applications.
Atmospheric Composition Monitoring
The AC SAF processes data on ozone, other trace gases, aerosols and ultraviolet data, obtained from satellite instrumentation.
Numerical Weather Prediction
The NWP SAF aims to improve and support the interface between satellite data/products and European activities in NWP.
The CM SAF generates and archives high-quality climate datasets on a continuous basis.
Radio Occultation Meteorology
The ROM SAF generates and archives high-quality GPS Radio Occultation (RO) datasets for Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) applications and specific climate application areas.
Support to Nowcasting and Very Short Range Forecasting
Nowcasting is a weather forecast for the next few hours, based on current information.
LAND SURFACE ANALYSIS
The LSA SAF develops techniques to retrieve products related with land, land-atmosphere interactions, and biospheric applications.
What is a SAF?
SAFs are dedicated centres of excellence for processing satellite data, achieved by utilising specialist expertise from the Member States. SAFs generate and disseminate operational EUMETSAT products and services and are an integral part of the distributed EUMETSAT Application Ground Segment.
Each SAF is led by the National Meteorological Service (NMS) of a EUMETSAT Member State, in association with a consortium of EUMETSAT Member States and Cooperating States, government bodies and research institutes. The lead NMS is responsible for the management of each complete SAF project. The research, data and services provided by the SAFs complement the standard meteorological products delivered by EUMETSAT’s central facilities in Darmstadt, Germany.
EUMETSAT supervises and coordinates the overall activities of the SAF network and the integration of the SAFs into the various operations within the EUMETSAT Application Ground Segment. It manages and coordinates interfaces — between the SAFs themselves and between SAFs and other EUMETSAT systems — overseeing the integration of SAFs into the overall ground segment infrastructure. By overseeing the entire network of SAFs, EUMETSAT ensures that services are delivered in the most reliable and cost-effective way.
SAFs currently use data from meteorological satellites both in geostationary and polar orbit.
The SAFs help deliver a variety of benefits, including:
- Improvements to short-range forecasting of severe weather hazards.
- Support to the aviation, agriculture, construction, gas, water and electricity industries.
- Better understanding of the causes and effects of pollution of the upper atmosphere and the depletion of ozone.
- Early warning of hazards.
- Better data for climate monitoring.
- Improved information for land use, ecology, disaster monitoring and agricultural forecasting.
- Benefits for sea transport, fishing and offshore industries.
- Improved data for input to Numerical Weather Prediction and the availability of user software packages for operational applications.
- Improved software packages and near-real time and offline products.
Visiting Scientist Programme
The main objective of the SAF Visiting Scientists (VS) programme is to allow experts/scientists from the EUMETSAT Member States, other than those involved in a particular SAF development, to acquire expertise in the field of the SAF activities/products. A second objective of the VS scheme is to allow scientists from other institutes to participate in, or contribute to, the SAF activities, in particular the algorithm development and product validation activities.
Types of Activities
Depending on whether the VS stay at their home institute or move to the visited institute, two main types of VS can be distinguished:
- Visiting Scientists (VS) who participate in the development activities of the SAF by spending a certain period of time at one of the SAF Consortium Institutes.
- Associated Scientists (AS) who participate in the development activities of the SAF but stay 'at home' (no change of location).
In certain cases it might be necessary to combine the two types of activities, i.e. the VS activity may be carried out partly at the visited institute and partly at home.
Opportunities for Visiting Scientists
Current visiting scientist opportunities can be found at the relevant SAF web pages or acquired through the SAF help desk.
SAF Network Evolution towards the MTG and Post-EPS Era
Following Initial Developments and Operations (1996–2006), the SAFs went into the Continuous Development and Operations Phase (CDOP), which is approved in five-yearly segments by the Council.
The chart (right) shows the SAF Network Evolution towards the MTG and Post-EPS Era.
SAF Life Cycle
The SAF Development Life Cycle is optimised in line with the specific project organisation and expertise available from the participating partners.
Necessary scientific prototyping and development are performed in the SAF projects, with concurrent engineering of the required infrastructure and enabling software elements.
The Operations Life Cycle includes the delivery of the intended services or software applications to end-users, as well as the continuous Research and Development aiming at improving the targeted products, in line with user feedback.
A simplified view of the main activities performed during SAF development is illustrated in the following diagrams, in a phased approach going from Requirements Definition, to Design, Implementation, Integration, and Pre-operational activities.
Life Cycle Process Overview
Scientific analyses and prototyping are the basis for the definition of the SAF Products and underlining algorithms. The transfer from the Scientific Process to the Engineering Process is a continuous activity during the SAF Life Cycle. Engineering of SAF Products, according to user requirements, and to the expected quality standards, therefore, takes into account the need for a strong interaction between these two processes, up to the final validation of the deliverable products.
SAF Research & Development Process
A waterfall view of the development of a SAF system and infrastructure providing off-line or near-real-time services.
Evolutionary SAF Development Process
When a phased development approach is not appropriate, an evolutionary prototyping life cycle is adopted, to ensure an incremental release of the products to users, from the early stage of the development. Providing early feedback, Beta-users contribute to a controlled evolution of the products up to the last planned build.
SAF Network — Points of Contact
For requesting any additional information on the SAF Network go to Contact us.
To directly contact the SAF Projects see the details below.
|SAF Project Managers at National Meteorological Services|
|SAF Project||SAF Project Manager|
|SAF on support to Nowcasting and Very Short Term Forecasting||Pilar Rípodas
AEMET, Remote Sensing Department, Leonardo Prieto Castro 8, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 915 810 203
Fax: +34 915 819 767
|SAF on Ocean and Sea Ice||Cécile Hernandez
Météo-France, Centre de Métérologie Spatiale, av Lorraine, BP 50747, 22307 Lannion cedex, France
Phone: +33 296 056 796
Fax: +33 296 056 737
Email 1 or Email 2
|SAF on Atmospheric Composition Monitoring||Seppo Hassinen
Earth Observation, Finnish Meteorological Institute, P.O. Box 503, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
Phone: +358 9 1929 4675
|SAF on Climate Monitoring||Martin Werscheck
Deutscher Wetterdienst, Abteilung Klima und Umwelt, Postfach 10 04 65 63004, Offenbach, Germany
Phone: +49 69 8062 4919
Fax: +49 69 8062 4955
|SAF on Numerical Weather Prediction||Samantha Pullen
Met Office, Satellite Applications, FitzRoy Road Exeter Devon EX1 3PB, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)1392 886876
Fax: +44 (0)1392 885681
|Radio Occultation Meteorology SAF||Kent Bækgaard Lauritsen
Danish Meteorological Institute, Lyngbyvej 100, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Phone: +45 39157 454
Fax: +45 39157 460
|SAF on Land Surface Analysis||Isabel Trigo
Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, Rua C ao Aeroporto, 1749-077 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 218 447 000 (Geral), +351 218 447 108 (Directo)
Fax: +351 218 402 370
|SAF on Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management||Francesco Zauli
Italian Air Force Meteorological Service Viale Università, 4
00185 ROMA (Roma), Italy
|SAF NETWORK MANAGEMENT OFFICE|
|SAF Network Manager||Lothar Schüller|
|SAF Network System Engineer Coordinator||Frédéric Gasiglia|
|SAF Process Management Support Engineer||Cleber Balan|
|SAF Support Engineer||Ricardo Simoes|