Observing oceans from space

The OSI SAF develops, processes and distributes, in near real-time, products related to key parameters of the ocean-atmosphere interface. Products are accessible on local FTP servers with flexible extraction interface, EUMETCast, and EUMETSAT Data Center (EDC). The OSI SAF also offers climatological data records. The OSI SAF team focuses on scatterometer winds (and soon microwave winds), Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and sea Ice Surface Temperature (IST), radiative fluxes : Downward Longwave Irradiance (DLI) and Surface Solar Irradiance (SSI), sea ice concentration, edge, type, emissivity, drift.
The OSI SAF currently use data from meteorological satellites both in geostationary and polar orbit.

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In the context of the OSI SAF Visiting Scientist Program, Carolina Gabarro from the BEC/ Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM - CSIC) in Barcelona, worked on the inter-comparison of high and low microwave frequency sea ice concentration algorithms during winter and autumn. This work took place in from November 2017 to October 2018 and was supervised by Rasmus T. Tonboe (DMI) and Thomas Lavergne (MetNO).

Objectives and framework of the study: