Data products from satellites

We develop advanced methods and tools that extract new information from satellite observations, and which compile and visualize the results. The products can provide information on ocean currents, sea surface temperature and sea level, as well as the amount and type of sea ice.

Using radar measurements from satellites (Synthetic Aperture Radar – SAR) we calculate the direction and speed of sea surface currents.

Using algorithms and machine learning, we calculate state changes in the sea ice cover, based on historical satellite data obtained over the past 45 years.

We have developed a portal for visualisation, compilation, and analysis of ocean and sea-ice data, based on satellite information and other data sources such as direct measurements and model calculations. The portal is a tool for obtaining information from observational data, for the benefit of researchers and other stakeholders.

For more information, contact research leader Antonio Bonaduce.


For access to observational data that show ocean surface currents in the Agulhas Region, go to World Ocean Circulation


For access to visualised forecasts that show high-resolution sea-ice concentration and type in the Arctic Ocean, go to Copernicus


For access to visualised calculations that show sea-ice cover and concentrations, go to Iceobs