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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Locations of the matches
From end of 2014 to end of 2017, the OSI SAF teams participated to Sentinel-3 SST Cal/Val.
This activity with EUMETSAT Secretariat included the following activities :
  • the building and delivery by Ifremer of a dedicated S3A/SLSTR Match-up database (MDB)
  • the provision by DMI of collocated ISAR and S3A/SLSTR skin SST measurements during the S3A/SLSTR cal/val phase, from DMI’s ISAR radiometer operated on a Royal Arctic Lines (RAL) ship, cruising regularly between Denmark and Greenland.