EPS Daily Snow Cover (EDSC)

Products available since 2015

           (Product User Manual)
           (Product Output Format)
           (Validation Report)
           (Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document)
           (Algorithm Changes Record)

The Snow Cover product corresponding to the identification of snow covered pixels using Visible and Infra-Red observations is maintained by the SAF on Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management (H-SAF)


Product Documentation

This operational product is documented in the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD), Product User Manual document (PUM) and the Product Output Format document (POF) The validation documentation for this product is available in the (VR) document.


Data Policy

The use of LSA SAF products in publications is kindly requested to be duly acknowledged:
SC was provided by the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis (LSA SAF; Trigo et al., 2011)

Trigo, I. F., C. C. DaCamara, P. Viterbo, J.-L. Roujean, F. Olesen, C. Barroso, F. Camacho-de Coca, D. Carrer, S. C. Freitas, J. García-Haro, B. Geiger, F. Gellens-Meulenberghs, N. Ghilain, J. Meliá, L. Pessanha, N. Siljamo, and A. Arboleda, 2011: The Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis. Int. J. Remote Sens., 32, 2725-2744, doi: 10.1080/01431161003743199



Snow Cover (SC) is the presence of snow over land. SC plays an important role in the physics of land surface as it is involved in the processes of energy and water exchange with the atmosphere. SC is useful for the scientific community, namely for those dealing with meteorological and climate models. Accurate detection of snow in a pixel is also important for a wide range of areas related to land surface processes, including meteorology, hydrology, climatology and environmental studies.


Product Description

The EDSC (EPS Daily Snow Cover) corresponds to the identification of snow covered pixels using measurements from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) on-board EUMETSAT polar system satellites, the Metop series.


Algorithm Description



Data Characteristics

The EDSC product is available every on daily basis in plate-carre projection centred at (0°N, 0°W), with a resolution of 0.01°.


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