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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June 2010: on the left, nightime monthly mean SST from the MSG reprocessed data; on the right, monthly mean difference to a climatology of the OSTIA reanalysis from 1985 to 2007.

A few months ago, the OSI SAF released a data record of Sea Surface Temperature (SST) on the full Earth disc seen by Meteosat in 0°.

The data record covers eight years of data, from 2004 to 2012 and is derived from the SEVIRI imager on Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellites (Meteosat-8 and Meteosat-9).