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

  • Hauser et al. / 2023

    Hauser, D., S. Abdalla, F. Ardhuin et al.,
    Satellite Remote Sensing of Surface Winds, Waves, and Currents: Where are we Now?
    Surv. Geophys., 2023, doi:10.1007/s10712-023-09771-2.

  • Guinaldo et al. / 2023

    Guinaldo, T., Voldoire, A., Waldman, R., Saux Picart, S., and Roquet, H.: Response of the sea surface temperature to heatwaves during the France 2022 meteorological summer, Ocean Sci., 19, 629–647, https://doi.org/10.5194/os-19-629-2023, 2023

  • Castro et al. / 2023

    Castro, Sandra L., Gary A. Wick, Steinar Eastwood, Michael A. Steele, and Rasmus T. Tonboe. 2023. "Examining the Consistency of Sea Surface Temperature and Sea Ice Concentration in Arctic Satellite Products" Remote Sensing 15, no. 11: 2908. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs15112908

  • Zhen et al. / 2023

    Li, Zhen, Anton Verhoef, Ad Stoffelen, Jian Shang, and Fangli Dou. 2023. "First Results from the WindRAD Scatterometer on Board FY-3E: Data Analysis, Calibration and Wind Retrieval Evaluation" Remote Sensing 15, no. 8: 2087. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs15082087

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