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The ESA Climate Change Initiative is a dedicated research programme which aims to realise the full potential of the long-term, global EO archives to generate satellite-based Essential Climate Variables as a timely contribution to the ECV databases required by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The CCI exploits the Earth Observation archives that ESA has established over the last 40 years together, with its Member States. The CCI comprises 22 parallel projects and involves over 100 European research institutions and private sector partners.

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New international study assesses 25 years of sea level rise 

Sea level rise, a primary indicator of global climate change with serious implications for coastal communities, is the focus of a recently published international study.

Through the World Climate Research Programme’s Grand Challenge on Regional Sea Level and Coastal Impacts, the major study assessed the various datasets used to estimate the contributing components of sea level rise since the start of high-accuracy satellite altimetry in 1993 – and included those produced by the Sea Level_cci project team. 

1st User Workshop of ESA’s CCI SNOW Project - 29/11/2018

The Snow_cci project is holding the 1st ESA CCI SNOW User Workshop on 29th November 2018, hosted by Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, in Vienna, Austria. The workshop aims to update and revise the user requirements by bringing together the Snow_cci project team, the Climate Research Group associated with Snow_cci, and potential users of Snow_cci data.

ESA Climate observations on show at New Scientist Live

How satellites help to track and understand Earth’s climate was a central topic at this year’s New Scientist Live, London, a four-day, award-winning science festival, visited by over 40,000 schoolchildren and members of the public.

Astronaut, Tim Peake opened the event with a panel discussion on space exploration while the Climate Change Initiative (CCI), a flagship ESA research programme, was a main feature of the ESA exhibition area.

New Sea State_cci team present at altimetry conference

The Sea State_cci project team, lead by Science Lead Fabrice Ardhuin, are presenting their first science poster at the 25 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry" Symposium, in the Azores, this week (24-29 Sept)

Sea states are the statistical properties of wind-waves. Waves are an important geophysical variable affecting air-sea fluxes, and extreme sea levels at the coast and are vital to understand.

ESA CCI Soil Moisture user workshop, November 15, Vienna

Participate in the ESA CCI Soil Moisture user workshop, at the Technische Universität Wien, Vienna, in November.

The one day workshop aims to demonstrate how ESA CCI Soil Moisture project has supported international climate observing activities (e.g. IPCC, Global Climate Observing System) and operational services such as  by C3S.

The Soil Moisture_cci team also wish to engage with users to identify new applications based on operational long-term soil moisture products.

Land Cover_cci used for OECD green growth indicators

Satellite time series data generated by the Land Cover_cci project have been used to develop new OECD headline green growth indicators that facilitate the monitoring of global natural assets. 

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The Break Up of the Oldest and Thickest Sea Ice in the Arctic

The break up of the strongest (oldest and thickest) sea ice in the Arctic has been observed, for the first time on record, this year. This important observation, which acts as one of the many indicators of a changing climate, will require that important revisions on the current forecasts for perennial sea ice are made.

The Guardian has recently published an article on the break up (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/21/arctics-strongest-sea-ice-breaks-up-for-first-time-on-record), with inputs from Thomas Lavergne (from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute), one of the scientists working on the CCI Sea Ice project, and Ruth Mottram (from the Danish Meteorological Institute), part of the CCI Greenland Ice Sheet project.

Survey: Land Surface Temperature user requirements sought

The Met Office is currently collecting climate user requirements for satellite Land Surface Temperature (LST) products within the framework of ESA's LST Climate Change Initiative (CCI) project.

1st User Workshop of ESA’s CCI BIOMASS Project

25/09/2018
26/09/2018
Europe/London

 

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