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ESA Climate Office podcast series: Views from the Void

This podcast series takes you into orbit on a tour of our planet’s climate system. You will discover different satellite technologies and get a better grasp of the observations that underlie our understanding of climate and its change. Join the ESA Climate Office as your host Anna Maria Trofaier talks to experts in satellite remote sensing about monitoring our climate system from space, and more.

Episode 1: FROZEN SEAS

Street Art exhibition to showcase role of Observing the Climate from Space

The ESA Climate Office is working with dublin-based street artist, Shane Sutton, to develop and exhibit a collection of original artworks exploring the benefits of ‘taking the pulse of our planet from space’ at the Living Planet Symposium, the world's largest Earth Observation conference, in Milan, Italy, on 13–17 May.

Staging the art exhibition during the event aims to draw the scientific community’s attention to ESA’s Climate Change Initiative and the satellite-derived climate data records it generates.

Glaciers lose 9 trillion tonnes of ice in half a century


Glaciers around the world have lost well over 9000 gigatonnes (nine trillion tonnes) of ice since 1961, raising sea level by 27 mm according to an international team led by the University of Zurich in Switzerland and members of the Glaciers_cci project. 

New Arctic Ocean Altimetry review published

A new review of the altimetry methodologies used to obtain useful environmental information across the Arctic Ocean, including the effects of climate change, has been recently published in Remote Sensing with the title “Retrieving Sea Level and Freeboard in the Arctic: A Review of Current Radar Altimetry Methodologies and Future Perspectives”.

Postdoc position with Swansea University (Aerosol_cci)

The College of Science at Swansea University has a postdoctoral position in the field of satellite remote sensing related to climate.

The post will research global estimation of atmospheric aerosol and surface reflectance from satellite imagery. Research will focus on the recently launched ESA/Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite mission.

The successful applicant will join an international team invovled with the ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) aerosol project under the supervision of Prof. Peter North.

New data: Small Fire Database for sub-Saharan Africa

A new paper and accompanying data product (CCISFD11) from the Fire_cci team have published a paper featuring a Small Fire Database for Africa. This is the first continental-scale, high resolution Burned Area product and shows improvements on the current global product. 

CMUG to present at CMIP6 workshop, Barcelona 23-28 March

Results from the CCI’s Climate Modelling User Group on forecast errors in the seasonal prediction system EC-Earth will be presented at the CMIP6 Model Analysis Workshop (25-28 March, Barcelona).

The workshop is organized by the WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modelling CMIP Panel and European Commission Horizon 2020 project PRIMAVERA.


ESA has released an Intended Invitation to Tender (IITT) that concerns Climate Change Initiative-related Knowledge Exchange activities, aiming to provide Free, Open and Easy access to all ECV data products via user community protocols, and integrated with standard climate user community databases (e.g. Earth System Grid Federation).

New paper: Sea Ice Concentration Climate Data Records

Three global, gridded Sea Ice Concentration Climate Data Records (CDR) form the basis of a new paper published by the Sea Ice team in The Cryosphere (Lavergne et al.). Two of the CDRs were released during CCI Phase 2 (SICCI-25km and SICCI-50km), and one by the EUMETSAT OSI SAF project (OSI-450). The three CDRs share the same algorithms, processing chain, and data format. 

9th CCI Collocation 2019

The 9th CCI Collocation Meeting will take place from 26 - 28 March 2019 at St. Hugh's College, Oxford, UK with a meeting of  Science Leaders held in the afternoon of the 25th March. 

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