Colour Interpretation Guide


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Meteosat Second Generation

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Snow RGB - Recipe

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Red: VIS0.8
Green: NIR1.6
Blue: IR3.9 refl

Sea, lakes and rivers (not covered by ice)

Sea, lakes, rivers (open water surfaces) appears dark blue in the Snow RGB images.

See for example the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Baltic Sea and North Sea in the image below.

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Meteosat, SEVIRI Snow RGB for 12 March 2014 07:55 UTC

The next image shows a closer look on the Black Sea and the Dnieper River.

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Meteosat, SEVIRI Snow RGB for 09 March 2015 08:40 UTC

Explanation of the colours for snow covered land (see also the recipe on the left side):

• The reflectivity is very low in all three channels.
• After performing the linear stretching and the gamma correction the signals are still very low in all three channels. In most of the cases the blue component is slightly higher that the green and red components, so the open water surfaces appear dark blue, sometimes almost black.