Evaluating the utility of the EUMETSAT HSAF snow recognition product over mountainous areas of eastern Turkey

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Surer S., Akyurek Z.

HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES JOURNAL-JOURNAL DES SCIENCES HYDROLOGIQUES, vol.57, no.8, pp.1684-1694, 2012 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 57 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02626667.2012.729132
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1684-1694
  • Keywords: MSG-SEVIRI, mountains, HSAF, snow cover, COVER PRODUCTS, MODIS, VALIDATION


Monitoring snow parameters (e. g. snow-cover area, snow water equivalent) is challenging work. Because of its natural physical properties, snow strongly affects the evolution of weather on a daily basis and climate on a longer time scale. In this paper, the snow recognition product generated from the MSG-SEVIRI images within the framework of the Hydrological Satellite Facility (HSAF) Project of EUMETSAT is presented. Validation of the snow recognition product H10 was done for the snow season (from 1 January to 31 March) of the water year 2009. The MOD10A1 and MOD10C2 snow products were also used in the validation studies. Ground truth of the products was obtained by using 1890 snow depth observations from 20 meteorological stations, which are mainly located in mountainous areas and are distributed across the eastern part of Turkey. The possibility of 37% cloud cover reduction was obtained by merging 15-min observations from MSG-SEVIRI as opposed to using only one daily observation from MODIS. The coarse spatial resolution of the H10 product gave higher commission errors compared to the MOD10A1 product. Snow depletion curves obtained from the HSAF snow recognition product were compared with those derived from the MODIS 8-day snow cover product. The preliminary results show that the HSAF snow recognition product, taking advantage of using high temporal frequency measurement with spectral information required for snow mapping, significantly improves the mapping of regional snow-cover extent over mountainous areas.