KNMI extended its contribution to the EUMETSAT Climate Monitoring Satellite Application Facility (CM-SAF, hosted by DWD) by developing a scatterometer ocean stress (SOS) gridded product. The SOS project is initiated by two sections of KNMI in two different departments, namely the Oceanographic Research division (OO) within the Department of Climate research and Seismology (KS), and the division on Observation Research (RW) in the Observations and Modelling department (WM).
Ten years of ESA ERS-1 and ERS-2 scatterometer swath data have been reprocessed with the most recent ERS Scatterometer Data Processor as developed within the OSI and NWP SAFs and processed to gridded SOS products. This activity fits into the ESA Data User Programme (DUP) acknowledging ESA for the provision of the ERS-1 and ERS-2 scatterometer data. Currently KNMI seeks support for the further development, extension (into the NASA/NOAA Seawinds and METOP-A ASCAT era starting in 1999) and maintenance of the SOS product.
A Stoffelen, GJ van Oldenborgh, J de Kloe, M Portabella, A Verhoef. SOS - Development of a scatterometer ocean stress product