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MSG: Dust imagery in the RGB channels over the full disc at 45.5 degrees East (LEDF41, from 1st June 2022)

Update Frequency: Daily
Latest Data Update: 2023-06-19
Status: Ongoing
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2022-06-06
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 7.78K Files | 14GB


The Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellites, operated by EUMETSAT (The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites), provide almost continuous imagery to meteorologists and researchers in Europe and around the world. These include visible, infra-red, water vapour, High Resolution Visible (HRV) images and derived cloud top height, cloud top temperature, fog, snow detection and volcanic ash products. These images are available for a range of geographical areas.

This dataset contains RGB dust images from MSG satellites over the full disc at 45.5 degrees East. Imagery available from 1000 UTC 1st June 2022 onwards at a frequency of 15 minutes (some are hourly) and are at least 24 hours old.

NOTE - this dataset differs from the previous LEDF41 product produced using imagery from Meteosat-8 located at 41.5E. These new data are from Meteosat-9 which was drifted from previous operations over 3.5 E to 45.5 E between 1st February 2022 to 20th April 2022 to take over as the prime IODC (Indian Ocean Data Coverage) satellite by 1st June 2022. See linked EUMETNET web page regarding this change in operation. The Met Office switched to providing this LEDF41 product from this new satellite at 0915 UTC on 1st June 2022, this dataset. See linked datasets for previous data. These are treated as two distinct datasets due to the shift in locational coverage.

The geographic extent for images within this datasets is available via the linked documentation 'MSG satellite imagery product geographic area details'. Each MSG imagery product area can be referenced from the third and fourth character of the image product name giving in the filename. E.g. for EEAO11 the corresponding geographic details can be found under the entry for area code 'AO' (i.e West Africa).

Citable as:  Met Office; EUMETSAT (2022): MSG: Dust imagery in the RGB channels over the full disc at 45.5 degrees East (LEDF41, from 1st June 2022). NERC EDS Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: MSG, dust, rbd, Satellites, full disc


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Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data obtained by satellite from May 2022, prepared by the Met Office and stored in the CEDA Archive. This is a switch in the source satellite imagery for the LEDF41 product produced by the Met Office. See linked note regarding the switch in satellite providing the coverage for this region of the globe.

Data Quality:
Operational satellite data.
File Format:
Images are PNG formatted.

Process overview

This dataset was generated by a combination of instruments deployed on platforms and computations as detailed below.

Mobile platform operations

Mobile Platform Operation 1 Mobile Platform Operation for: Meteosat Second Generation 2 (MSG-2) or METEOSAT-9

Computation Element: 1

Title Infra red Products Meteosat Second Generation 2 (MSG-2) or METEOSAT-9
Abstract Infra red images derived from Meteosat Second Generation 2 (MSG-2) or METEOSAT-9.
Input Description None
Output Description None
Software Reference None
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