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GCOS Implementation Plan 2016 - The Global Observing System for Climate: Implementation Needs

This new implementation plan from GCOS importantly describes the proposed implementation of a global observing system for climate, building on current actions (incl. those actions which evolved from the Paris Agreement), paving the way forward for scientific and technological innovations for the Earth observation programmes of space agencies and the national implementation of climate observing systems and networks.

The full document can be viewed here.

Land Cover Annual Global Land Cover Maps (v2.0.7) Dataset Release

The Land Cover CCI team is pleased to announce the release of their latest dataset - 24 annual global land cover maps, at a resolution of 300 m, spanning a twenty-four year period, from 1992 to 2015. These land cover maps were produced through state-of-the art reprocessing of the NOAA-AVHRR HRPT, SPOT-Vegetation, ENVISAT-MERIS FR and RR, ENVISAT-ASAR and PROBA-V archives.

For more information on this dataset, and additional products/datasets associated to it, please visit our CCI page for Land Cover (and their latest newsletter).

Soil Moisture Dataset Release

The Soil Moisture CCI team is pleased to announce the release of their latest dataset, v03.2, which has been generated using active and passive microwave spacebourne instruments and covers nearly four decades (1978-2015). The dataset, providing daily soil moisture with a spatial resolution of 0.25 degrees, consists of three products: an active dataset, a passive dataset and a combined dataset.

For more information, please visit our CCI page for Soil Moisture.

Climate at Your Fingertips!

Make sure to check out Climate from Space, a new digital book for iPad and Android devices, where you can discover our planet's changing climate through the eyes of Earth Observation satellites! The digital book showcases more than 30 years of global satellite observations and includes interactive maps and video interviews with top scientists to explain the nature of climate change and how it's being monitored by satellites.

Climate from Space is available for download for iPad and Android devices.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position on Satellite Data for Climate Research

An exciting new postdoctoral position for a research fellow at the ESA Climate Office has opened up and is now accepting applications. For further details on the position itself and how to apply, please visit:

New CCI Greenland Ice Sheet ECV products!

The Greenland Ice Sheet CCI team is pleased to announce the release of new CCI products for the five Greenland Ice Sheet ECVs (Surface Elevation Change, Ice Velocity, Calving Front Location, Grounding Line Location and Gravimetric Mass Balance).

For more information, please visit our CCI page for the Greenland Ice Sheet.

CCI Land Cover

In this video, the science lead for the CCI project on Land Cover, Sophie Bontemps of UC Louvain (Belgium), provides an introductory explanation of the importance of making global observations on land cover within the context of improving our understanding of climate change.

For more information, please visit our CCI page for Land Cover.

This video is featured on the Climate from Space app and can also be found on ESA’s YouTube channel.

Sea Ice Concentration (SIC) v2.0 ECV Dataset Release

The Sea Ice CCI team is pleased to announce the release of a full reprocessing of the Sea Ice Concentration (SIC) v2.0 ECV. The release provides Climate Data Record (CDR) of SIC over the polar regions, derived from medium resolution passive microwave satellite data of AMSR-E (2002-2011) and AMSR2 (2012-2015). Two different CDRs are made available from the CCI Data Portal. The two CDRs use different imaging channels and therefore they have different characteristics and accuracies.

For more information, please visit our CCI page for Sea Ice.

Climate from Space – now available on Android!

The CCI’s very own Climate from Space app, which provides the opportunity to interactively explore some of the climate data that is being produced by the initiative, is now available for Android devices via Amazon.

Climate from Space is also available on iTunes.

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