High Latitude Sea and Ice Surface Temperature

Northern High Latitude L3 Sea and Sea Ice Surface Temperature

Operational Near real time product

NRT 12 hourly aggregated SST and IST product for northern high latitudes (Poleward of 50N). It is based on VIIRS data.

Acronym : NHL L3 SST/IST
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OSI SAF producer : Norwegian Meteorological Institute
Identifier : OSI-203-b
Processing level : L3
Satellite input : NPP/VIIRS
Other input : NWP outputs, OSTIA SST analysis
Frequency : 2 per day
Central time : 00:00, 12:00
Timeliness : 3h30
Spatial coverage : Poleward of 50N
Spatial sampling : 5 km
Projection : polar stereographic
File Formats : HL FTP Server (NetCDF4), EDC (NetCDF4), EUMETCast (NetCDF4)
Characteristics & methods : SST : subskin temperature.
IST : skin temperature.
Probabilities of open water and sea ice.
Multispectral algorithms.
Data Access
Main Diffusion Means : HL FTP server, last 31 days (hosted by MET Norway) : ftp://osisaf.met.no/prod/sst/l3c/
Archive HL FTP server : ftp://osisaf.met.no/archive/sst/l3c/
Other means :


Accuracy Requirements
Target accuracy : SST absolute mean difference: 0.7 K, SST std: 1.0 K; IST absolute mean difference: 1.5 / 3.5 K, IST std: 2.0 / 3.0 K; PoD: 0.80 FAR: 0.20
Verification/validation method : SST : comparison with buoy measurements; IST: Comparison with buoy measurements on the ice, and IR radiometer when available; Comparison with high resolution manual ice charts
Applications and users
Usage : * Operational Met Services
* Operational analyses and ocean models
* Research or Environmental monitoring.
Authorised to be operational / released :
Declared operational / released since :
On EUMETCast since :
On EDC since :
On FTP server since :
Expected date for operational/released :
First date :
  • Monthly accuracies.
    Include sea ice surface temperature and Sea Ice Probabilities.
    The IST accuracy requirements are split in two: the first is for validation against in situ IR radiometers, the second for in situ buoy data. The reason for this is discussed in the ATBD for OSI-205.

    Superseds OSI-203 from 03/04/2019, together with OSI-203-a.

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