Satellite Application Facility for Numerical Weather Prediction

The NWP SAF aims to improve and support the interface between satellite data/products and European activities in NWP.

The NWP SAF is one of several EUMETSAT SAFs (Satellite Application Facilities). Utilising specialist expertise from the Member States, SAFs are dedicated centres of excellence for processing satellite data and form an integral part of the distributed EUMETSAT Application Ground Segment. Further information about SAFs is available on the EUMETSAT web site.

The SAF for NWP interacts, where appropriate, with related work in other SAFs and in other EUMETSAT activities in order to enhance collaboration and to minimise duplication of effort.

Recent News and Updates

  • DBNet monitoring pages - February 8, 2018
    The DBNet monitoring pages have been upgraded. These pages monitor the consistency between DBNet and global data for each of the instruments that are part of DBNet. The main changes are: (i) monitoring for AMSU, MHS and HIRS is now done at level 1c, for each instrument separately, whereas previously they were monitored on the HIRS grid only; (ii) the top page for each instrument includes a table of overpass statistics, with facility for selecting specific satellites or stations, or for highlighting overpasses that triggered warnings in the monitoring system. In the new system it is much easier to identify […]
  • AAPP v8.1 released - January 25, 2018
    This is a new major release of AAPP. The main changes are: (i) replacement of old versions of the MAIA cloud mask: MAIA4 is now used for both AVHRR and VIIRS; (ii) addition of interfaces to ecCodes, ECMWF’s new BUFR/GRIB software library; (iii) Support for JPSS-1 (NOAA-20). Most of the other functions are backward-compatible with AAPP v7. Please see the AAPP web pages for further information. Note, to download AAPPv8.1 you will first have to modify your software preferences: Select Softare Downloads (at top of page) The click on Change Software Preferences Tick the box for AAPP v8
  • NRT data availability monitoring plots - September 28, 2017
    NRT data availability monitoring plots are now available. This new component of the NWP SAF data monitoring activities focuses on the availability of near-real time data. Additionally to the classic data coverage plots, it also provides time series of the number of received data and data timeliness information which evaluates the delay between observation time and data bank entry time. The information provided will evolve further in the near future through the addition of more plot types and results of further contributing centres to allow cross-comparisons. Please visit the NRT availability monitoring webpages for further information
  • ECMWF 2018 Training Courses - September 26, 2017
    The application deadline for ECMWF 2018 Training Courses is 28th September 2017
  • DBNet monitoring: addition of NOAA stations - June 22, 2017
    The NOAA Direct Broadcast Service (NDB) is a DBNet service operated jointly by NOAA and CIMSS. NDB provides high timeliness level 1 data from stations in North America and the Pacific for the ATMS and CrIS instruments onboard Suomi-NPP and the IASI instruments onboard Metop-A and Metop-B. The data are now monitored on the DBNet monitoring section of the NWPSAF web site. For plots and statistics, see the DBNet monitoring pages.

For older news, see the News Archive.