Global Sea Ice products – GRIB and HDF5 formats to be discontinued

Cécile Hernandez's picture
Dear sea ice user,
As previously raised in OSI SAF service messages #1397 on 26/05/2017 and #1449 on 21/09/2017, the GRIB and HDF5 formats of Global Sea Ice products from OSI SAF are planned to be discontinued on 5 April 2018.  Users are strongly encouraged to use the NetCDF format as soon as possible.
This message concerns the following products :
Currently, the products are provided in several formats (depending on the product and on the distribution mean) : GRIB, HDF5, NetCDF via HL FTP server ( and EUMETCast.
On 5 April 2018, the distribution of GRIB and HDF5 formats will be discontinued. NetCDF3 format will be the unique format available for these products both on HL FTP server (, EUMETCast-Europe and EUMETCast-Africa.
Please get ready to switch to the NetCDF files and do not hesitate to contact the OSI SAF team in case you have any concerns about it.