Introduction to the H SAF project
Silvia Puca gave an overall introduction of the H SAF products.
In the first part of the session an introduction to the EUMETSAT HSAF project is made. The EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management (H SAF) started in 2005 and aims to provide remote sensing estimates of relevant hydrological parameters: instantaneous rain rate and cumulated rainfall, soil moisture at surface and in the root zone, snow cover and water equivalent. The project involves experts from 12 national meteorological and hydrological European Institutes of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey, and from the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecast (ECMWF).