The smhi remote sensing research group is involved in the Nowcasting Satellite Application Facilities (nwc saf) initiated by eumetsat. The nwc saf derive and develop products for nowcasting and very short range forecasting.
The general objective of the nwc saf is to provide operational services to ensure the optimum use of meteorological data in nowcasting and very short range forecasting. At smhi we are responsible for the development and maintenance of the Polar Platform System package (the pps-package) to process the products from data gathered from noaa and Metop satellites.
The nwc saf products
The nwc saf products consist of four cloud and one precipitation product:
- Cloud Mask (cm)
- Cloud Type (ct)
- Cloud Top Temperature & Height (ctth)
- Precipitation Clouds (pc)
- Cloud Physical Properties (cpp)
The products are derived from data from the following instruments:
- Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer, avhrr
- Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, viirs.
- Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-B, amsu-b
- Microwave Humidity Sensor, mhs
Disclaimer: All intellectual property rights of the nwc saf products belong to eumetsat. The use of these products is granted to every interested user, free of charge. If you wish to use these products, eumetsat's copyright credits must be shown by displaying the words "copyright (year) EUMETSAT" on each of the products used.