OSI SAF | Observing oceans from space
Updated @ 2020-10-24 19:46 utc
OSI SAF ScatSat-1 50-km product
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Background information
OSI SAF near real time Wind Products
OSI SAF Wind Climate Data Records
Discontinued Wind Products
Other Wind Services at KNMI
Related links
OSI-112-b, status: operational
Ascending passes
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Descending passes
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07-Jan-2020 ISRO has moved to data processing software version 1.1.4. This results in a change of 0.35 dB in the HH and VV backscatter values. The effects for the winds calibration are fully compensated in the OSI SAF processing and hence the wind characteristics are not changed.
25-Jun-2019 The ScatSat-1 winds have been unavailable from 21 May until 24 June 2019 due to an instrument anomaly. The instrument calibration has changed which may have a small impact on the wind characteristics.
14-May-2019 The ScatSat-1 winds have been interrupted and delayed between 24 April and 13 May.
07-Feb-2019 The ScatSat-1 winds have operational status now and are available on EUMETCast to all users.
18-Jan-2019 The wind products have been partly unavailable on EUMETCast on 18 January between 0:00 and 10:00 UTC.
20-Jun-2018 Use stress-equivalent ECMWF model background winds rather than 10m real winds. PenWP version is 2_2_01.
20-Mar-2018 ISRO has moved to data processing software version 1.1.3.
27-Nov-2017 Some small bug fixes and improvements. PenWP version is 2_1_05.
12-Sep-2017 First version for external distribution based on ISRO Level 1b version 1.1.2 data. PenWP version is 2_1_04.
At KNMI the backscatter products coming from the OSCAT scatterometer instrument on board the ScatSat-1 satellite are processed towards a 50 km product for the EUMETSAT OSI SAF. Details are described in the ScatSat-1 Wind Product User Manual.

The processing is done in near-real time. From the sensing time of the end of an input file, it takes approximately 2.5 hours to get the corresponding wind product ready at KNMI.

The last 22 hours of data are shown in two separate plots showing ascending and descending tracks, respectively. This is done to avoid overlap of data in the pictures. Note that also data from previous days can be displayed using the link on the right hand side. The overview plots show color coded wind speed measurements. If you click somewhere in the satellite track, a picture appears showing the scatterometer winds in more detail.

Product monitoring information in near-real time is available through the corresponding link on the right hand side.

Note: This web site is not supported on a 24x7 basis and it should not be considered operational.
Access to products
This wind product is available in BUFR and NetCDF format. The products are available on a password protected FTP server (products of the last three days only). Contact the KNMI OSI SAF team for access.

For a swift response management procedure, user requests on this scatterometer wind data product should be issued at the Ocean and Sea Ice SAF website.

Note: All intellectual property rights of the OSI 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 credit must be shown by displaying the words "copyright (year) EUMETSAT" on each of the products used.
KNMI hosts the operational deployment of this product as part of the EUMETSAT Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI SAF), a project by Météo France, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, the Danish Meteorological Institute, Ifremer and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

The ScatSat-1 input products used for this product are made available by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The processing software for the KNMI wind products is developed within the framework of the Numerical Weather Prediction Satellite Application Facility (NWP SAF) sponsored by EUMETSAT.