The OSI SAF delivers three global sea ice products in operational mode: sea ice concentration, sea ice edge, sea ice type. These products are delivered daily at 10km resolution in a polar stereographic projection covering the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. It is the Sea Ice operational nominal product for the Global Ocean. In addition, a sea ice drift product is delivered on a 60km resolution grid covering the Northern Hemisphere. The sea ice motion vectors have a time-span of 2 days.
Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI SAF)
The products mentioned above are delivered as part of the EUMENTSAT project Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI SAF). The major objective is to provide global sea ice products derived from operational available satellites. These products are used for weather and ocean models, for environmental studies, ocean monitoring etc. The OSI SAF provides a fully operational service with focus on high quality and well validated products freely available for all users.
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Sea Ice develpment the last 30 yeras:
Above: Time series of the 1979 to 2012 monthly Arctic sea-ice extent in March (the month of sea-ice extent maximum) and September (the month of sea-ice extent minimum) in km2.