Products and software
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
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
institutes. Topics could include for instance:
- Geophysical interpretation
- Inversion or ambiguity removal
- Data assimilation
- User support
Your suggested contributions are welcomed by
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.
For general information on these services, please contact the
KNMI scatterometer team