Interpretation Guide
Weather, surface conditions and atmospheric constituents

This page contains the release of the "MSG Interpretation Guide" version 1.0, collecting material in the form of Powerpoint files for the various application areas of MSG. The next release is expected end of 2005.

Contributions from Jochen Kerkmann (EUMETSAT), Hans Joachim Lutz (EUMETSAT), Marianne König (EUMETSAT), Jose Prieto (EUMETSAT), Pirkko Pylkko (FMI), HansPeter Roesli (SMA), Daniel Rosenfeld (HUJ), Johannes Schmetz (EUMETSAT), Veronika Zwatz-Meise (ZAMG)

Edited by Veronika Zwatz-Meise (ZAMG) and Jochen Kerkmann (EUMETSAT).

HTML Programming and Maintenance: Christian Zwatz (ZAMG), Barbara Steiner (ZAMG) and Carsten Schaefer (EUMETSAT).

This material is provided for education and training purposes only. Any reproduction should acknowledge the source of this material.

A DVD containing the complete fileset can be ordered by contacting EUMETSAT User Services.

Copyright: EUMETSAT, 2004

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From MFG "Meteosat First Generation" to MSG "Meteosat Second Generation"
- Benefits of the new generation

From MFG to MSG (MS PowerPoint, 11890 KB) *
Comparison between MFG and MSG: Examples (MS PowerPoint, 17838 KB)

Introduction to MSG Channels

Click here for a simple overview of all MSG channels.

Channels Basic information Characteristic applications and examples
SEVIRI instrument  
Solar channels: Ch01 (0.6 µm), Ch02 (0.8 µm), Ch03 (1.6 µm)
Ch12 (High Resolution Visible)
  • HRV (MS PowerPoint, 9610 KB)  *
Ch04: 3.9 µm
IR Window channels: Ch07 (8.7 µm), Ch09 (10.8 µm), Ch10 (12.0 µm)  
Water vapour channels: Ch05 (6.2 µm), Ch06 (7.3 µm)  
Ozone Channel: Ch08 (9.7 µm)  
CO2 channel: Ch11 (13.4 µm)  
RGB applications  
Cloud Processes

Applications for weather analysis and forecasting

  Basic information Characteristic examples
Synoptic scale cloud configurations  
Meso scale cloud configurations
  • Fog (MS PowerPoint, 11707 KB)  *
Orographic cloud  
Hazardous weather in small scale
Tropical Cyclones
  • Hurricanes (MS PowerPoint, 11250 KB)
  • More to be added

Ocean and Land surface

Basic Applications Characteristic examples

Atmospheric Constituents

Basic Applications Characteristic examples and editional Loops
  • Water Vapour - To be added
  • Dust and Aerosols
  • Volcanic Ash Plumes - To be added
  • Smoke
  • Ozone - Under construction
  • Industrial Haze - To be added

Special Phenomena

Climate Applications

To be added

Satellite data for Numerical Weather Prediction

To be added

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