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Winds of Change for Future Operational AMV at EUMETSAT

EUMETSAT, 64295 Darmstadt, Germany
GMV INSYEN, 82234 Weßling, Germany
EXOSTAFF, 64404 Bickenbach, Germany
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Remote Sens. 2019, 11(18), 2111;
Received: 30 July 2019 / Revised: 5 September 2019 / Accepted: 6 September 2019 / Published: 10 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Satellite-Derived Wind Observations)
EUMETSAT, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, is one of the key contributors to global atmospheric motion vector (AMV) production around the world. Its current contribution includes geostationary satellites at 0.0 and 41.5 degrees east, and several products extracted from the Metop low-orbit satellites. These last ones mainly cover high-latitude regions completing the observations from the geostationary ring. In the upcoming years, EUMETSAT will launch a new generation of geostationary and low-orbit satellites. The imager instruments Flexible Combined Imager (FCI) and METImage will take over the nominal AMV production at EUMETSAT around 2022 and 2024. The enhanced characteristics of these new-generation instruments are expected to increase AMV production and to improve the quality of the products. This paper presents an overview of the current EUMETSAT AMV operational production, together with a roadmap of the preparation activities for the new generation of satellites. The characteristics of the upcoming AMV products are described and compared to the current operational AMV products. This paper also presents a recent investigation into AMV extraction using the Sentinel-3 Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR) instrument, as well as the retrieval of wind profiles from infrared sounders. View Full-Text
Keywords: Atmospheric Motion Vectors (AMVs); MSG; EPS; MTG; EPS-SG; wind profile; Infra-red sounders Atmospheric Motion Vectors (AMVs); MSG; EPS; MTG; EPS-SG; wind profile; Infra-red sounders
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Borde, R.; Carranza, M.; Hautecoeur, O.; Barbieux, K. Winds of Change for Future Operational AMV at EUMETSAT. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 2111.

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