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Operational marine topography products from Copernicus Sentinel-3 missions

Bruno Lucas (EUMETSAT, Germany)


Remko Scharro (EUMETSAT, Germany); Carolina Nogueira Loddo (EUMETSAT, Germany); Estelle Obligis (EUMETSAT, Germany)

Event: 2020 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting (virtual)

Session: Application development for Operations

Presentation type: Type Forum only

Contribution: PDF file


The first Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite, Sentinel-3A, was launched in early 2016, and its twin Sentinel-3B in April 2018. The Sentinel-3 constellation is fully operational with Sentinel-3B satellite flying in the same orbit plan with a phase difference of 140°. This constellation provides a unique consistent, long-term collection of marine and land data for operational analysis, forecasting and environmental and climate monitoring. The marine centre is part of the Sentinel-3 Payload Data Ground Segment, located at EUMETSAT. This centre together with the existing EUMETSAT facilities provides a routine centralised service for operational meteorology, oceanography, and other Sentinel-3 marine users as part of the European Commission's Copernicus programme. The EUMETSAT marine centre delivers operational Sea Surface Topography data products based on the Synthetic Aperture Radar Altimeter (SRAL) and associated Microwave Radiometer (MWR).
EUMETSAT is responsible for the production, distribution, performance and future evolution of Level-2 marine products. We will give an overview of the scientific characteristics and algorithms of all marine Level-2 products, as well as instrument calibration and product validation results based on on-going Sentinel-3 Cal/Val activities. Information will be also provided about the current status of the product dissemination and the future evolutions that are envisaged. Also, we will provide information how to access Sentinel-3 data from EUMETSAT and where to look for further information.
Bruno Lucas