SP3 Space-borne Observation & Nowcasting of High IWC Regions

Lead: MET-FR
Involved Partners: MET-FR, KNMI, CNRS, AIRBUS


The main objective of SP3 is the development of space-borne remote detection and nowcasting techniques in order to support the second flight test campaign and ultimately provide near real-time weather data through Air Traffic Management (ATM) as being studied as part of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR).

Main Activities

SP3 main activities involve the geostationary and polar orbiting retrievals of high Ice Water Content (IWC) and the nowcasting of tropical convection.

Main Results

The main expected results of SP3 involve a pre-operational space-borne remote detection and nowcasting application of glaciated icing conditions based on imagery of geostationary MSG-SEVIRI (Meteosat Second Generation – Spinning Enhanced Visible and InfraRed Imager) satellite observations, validated with space-borne active and passive cloud observations from Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) and Geostationary (GEO) missions and integrated into a pre-operational application for detection of Rapidly Developing Thunderstorm (RDT).

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