Scatterometer sea-surface wind observations are being successfully assimilated into Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models, and used for nowcasting. KNMI provides near-real time scatterometer wind products based on data from several satellites. Currently global data from SeaWinds on QuikSCAT and ASCAT on MetOp are available. Regional data, mainly in the North Atlantic and European seas, are still available from the scatterometer on ERS-2. Example wind fields are shown for hurricane Dean where all three scatterometers measure its eye within 4 hours.
A Verhoef, A Stoffelen, M Portabella, J Verspeek, J Vogelzang. EUMETSAT SAF and EARS scatterometer wind services at KNMI
2007, 2007, EUMETSAT