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. The OSI SAF also offers climatological data records.

The OSI SAF team focuses on sea surface winds, sea and sea ice surface temperature, radiative fluxes : downward longwave irradiance and surface solar irradiance, sea ice concentration, edge, type, emissivity, drift.

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The OSI SAF has three operational processing centers. The wind processing is performed at KNMI in De Bilt, Netherlands. The sea ice processing is performed at the High Latitude processing facility, operated jointly by the Norwegian and Danish Meteorological Institutes, respectively in Oslo and Copenhagen. The Low and Mid-Latitude (LML) processing facility, processing sea surface temperature and radiative fluxes, is operated by Météo-France in Lannion and by Ifremer in Plouzané.



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Scientific publications about OSI SAF products

  • 2021 / Xu et al. / Wind

    Xu, X. and A. Stoffelen, Support vector machine tropical wind speed retrieval in the presence of rain for Ku-band wind scatterometry
    Atmos. Meas. Tech., 2021, 14, 7435-7451, doi:10.5194/amt-14-7435-2021.

  • 2018 / Massonet et al. / Sea Ice

    François Massonnet, Martin Vancoppenolle, Hugues Goosse, David Docquier, Thierry Fichefet & Edward Blanchard-Wrigglesworth: Arctic sea-ice change tied to its mean state through thermodynamic processes, Nature Climate Change, 2018. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0204-z

  • 2017 / Jack et al. / Sea Ice

    Jack C. Landy, Jens K. Ehn, David G. Babb, Nathalie Thériault, David G. Barber, Sea ice thickness in the Eastern Canadian Arctic: Hudson Bay Complex & Baffin Bay, Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 200, 2017, Pages 281-294, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2017.08.019.

  • 2017 / Koldunov et al. / Sea Ice

    Koldunov, N. V., Köhl, A., Serra, N., and Stammer, D.: Sea ice assimilation into a coupled ocean–sea ice model using its adjoint, The Cryosphere, 11, 2265-2281https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2265-2017, 2017.


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