Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute; Ministery Of Infrastructure And The Environment

Products and software
Scatterometer work
Example of scatterometer wind field The scatterometer is a satellite radar-instrument which provides a measure of wind speed and direction near the sea surface.

We develop scatterometer processing software for operational use in weather and marine forecasting. More information on this is available under the 'Software' links on the right hand side of this page.

To preview our near real-time products and obtain access to them and our archive of off-line products, please follow the 'Wind Products' links.

Our activities are diverse and span
  • Research on new types of scatterometer for future use
  • Development of algorithms for wind retrieval and ice processing
  • Wind product processing, quality control, and monitoring
  • User support
Your contribution?
We seek beta users for our software and data products in order to get feedback and improve our services. Workshops are planned where users are invited for updating the evolving requirements. Moreover, our developments are supported by a Visiting Scientist scheme, which funds exchange of people between institutes. Topics could include for instance:
  • Geophysical interpretation
  • Inversion or ambiguity removal
  • Data assimilation
  • User support
Your suggested contributions are welcomed by us.
The work is co-ordinated in an international context through projects such as the EUMETSAT Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI SAF), the Numerical Weather Prediction SAF (NWP SAF), and the EUMETSAT Advanced Retransmission Service (EARS). Level 3 products are provided through the EU Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS).
We work with scatterometers on board ERS (SCAT) from ESA, QuikSCAT (SeaWinds) from NASA, Metop (ASCAT) from EUMETSAT, Oceansat-2/ScatSat-1 (OSCAT) from ISRO, ISS (RapidScat from NASA), HaiYang-2 from NSOAS, and CFOSAT from CNES/CNSA. Further funding is provided by ESA and the EU.
Further information
For general information on these services, please contact the KNMI scatterometer team.
Near real time Wind Products
OSI SAF Wind Climate Data Records
Discontinued Wind Products
R&D work
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