The CCI Soil Moisture project are proud to announce that an overview of recent and historical global CCI soil moisture conditions were published in the State of the Climate in 2015 Report, the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS).
The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) are requesting comments from the scientific community on their new Implementation Plan. The first GCOS Implementation Plan in 2004 concentrated mainly on the physical climate system and actions to enable the production of Essential Climate Variable datasets. This 2016 Plan also aims to incorporate broader climate policy observation requirements from the adaptation and mitigation communities. It will be submitted to the UNFCCC for its COP 22 meeting.
Calling all polar scientists! The Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE) project would like to take this opportunity to encourage members of the scientific community to get involved in the project’s second assessment. For further information and registration, follow this link.
The adoption of the relatively new approach to processing altimetry data, known as swath altimetry, is transforming the outcome of altimetry studies on our cryosphere, including those within the CCI Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheet projects. The application of swath altimetry to CryoSat’s SARIn mode data importantly provides us with new information/insight into the topography of the Earth’s ice sheets which cannot be achieved using conventional altimetry processing techniques alone.
This technique and its use is explained in the Earth from Space video below.
For additional information, please read the BBC’s article on the story.
The main objective of PolarGAP, an ESA-funded project, is to collect gravity data at the North and South poles, regions that were missed by the satellite GOCE due to orbit constraints, which can then be used to help complete a global model of the Earth’s gravitational field.
In the Earth From Space video below, the CCI Greenland Ice Sheet project science leader, René Forsberg, talks about PolarGAP’s latest field campaign to Antarctica.
A number of the CCI projects have recently released their latest newsletters, ESA’s Living Planet Symposium special issues, containing up to date project information.
By sourcing the relevant data from a decade (2003 - 2014) of CCI GHG data products, scientists have shown that the global atmospheric concentrations of Methane and Carbon Dioxide continue to rise, at rates of 0.3% and 0.5% per year, respectively, despite global efforts to reduce them.
For more information, take a look at ESA’s ‘Methane and Carbon Dioxide on the Rise’ article or visit our CCI page for GHGs.
The first mosaic of Africa, generated through ESA’s CCI Land Cover project, was presented last week at ESA’s Living Planet Symposium in Prague (Czech Republic). The mosaic uses almost 7000 images that were taken by the Sentinel-2A satellite between December 2015 and April 2016.
For more information, please see image link.