Vitamin D dose observed from space

Winter in our latitudes means reduced sunlight & less Vitamin D dose as observed in the UV spectrum by GOME2 on-board Metop EUMETSAT satellite. This daily map from the Atmospheric Composition (AC) Satellite Application Facilities (SAF) shows higher dose in the 0-30 deg S region.

Quite looking forward to Summer time then!

Daily Vitamin D Dose observed from the UV spectrum measured on 2019.01.14 by GOME2 on-board Metop B. This parameter is part of the off-line surface UV product and is ensured by operational validation and on-line monitoring services provided by the Finish Meteorological Institut (FMI) via the AC SAF. Source:


More information?

  • AC SAF: SAFs are dedicated centres of excellence for processing satellite data and form an integral part of the distributed EUMETSAT Application Ground Segment. They are composed of multiple specialist experts representative of the EUMETSAT member states. AC SAF consortium members develop radiative transfer calculation methods and other algorithms for retrieving atmospheric remote sensing variables from the polar-orbiting satellite series Metop. AC SAF also validates the data products and provide associated dissemination and user services.
    • Visit AC SAF here
    • List of all EUMETSAT SAF projects here
  • The European Organisation for the exploitation of Meteorological Satellite (EUMETSAT): it is an intergovernmental organisation, founded in 1986 with the goal to supply weather and climate-related satellite data, images and products – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – to the National Meteorological Services of the Member States in Europe, and other worldwide users.

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