Evapotranspiration (ET) is the flux of water between the surface (vegetation, soil and water bodies) and the atmosphere.
Monitoring this water loss may be of crucial importance for applications in hydrology, agriculture, water use efficiency
studies and drought monitoring.
We introduce one of the few satellite-based operational evapotranspiration products, generated continuously and in near
real-time over Europe, Africa and part of South America. The ET products (30 minutes and daily) are generated at the
EUMETSAT’s Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis (LSA-SAF) operations centre
(http://landsaf.ipma.pt). Following our commitments to our user’s community, we are continuously looking for new ways
to improve the product. To accomplish this, the feedback from users and potential users of the products is of great
In this contribution we present the ET products characteristics and recent improvements gained thanks to the inclusion in
our ET algorithm of new variables derived from Earth observation by MSG SEVIRI. We show examples of the ET
products and we highlight their potential in droughts detection and monitoring. Some examples of possible applications
are presented to invite users and researchers to explore the possibilities offered by LSA-SAF evapotranspiration
A. Arboleda, N. Ghilain, and F. Gellens-Meulenberghs, "Continuous monitoring of evapotranspiration (ET) overview of LSA-SAF evapotranspiration products," Proc. SPIE 10421, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIX, 104210E (Presented at SPIE Remote Sensing: September 12, 2017; Published: 17 October 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2278249.
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