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Atmospheric Concentrations of Methane and Carbon Dioxide Continue to Rise

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 African Mosaic

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.
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ESA's Living Planet Symposium - where to find the CCI

ESA's Living Planet Symposium conference kicks off on the 9th May 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. There are over 3000 people registered for the conference, making it the largest Earth Observation conference to date. The Climate Change Initiative will be there, with presentations from all of the CCI projects (see below for details), as well as an exhibition stand on Floor 2 on Climate from Space. 

CPOM Near Real Time Ice Velocity monitoring service now live!

To coincide with the launch of Sentinel-1B, NERC’s Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) has released their new ice sheet outlet glacier velocity monitoring service to the public. This service provides users with free access to downloadable maps of near real time ice velocity, produced by tracking moving features in synthetic aperture radar data (acquired by ESA’s Sentinel-1A satellite and soon to include Sentinel-1B), for key outlet glaciers of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets.

This service is accessible via

The Remote Sensing of Chlorophyll in the Baltic Sea at Basin Scale from 1997 to 2012 Using Merged Multi-Sensor Data

This paper uses the CCI Ocean Colour data product as part of its approach to merge multi-sensor data in order to produce a 15-year record of remotely sensed Chlorophyll A in the Baltic Sea, a region of the Atlantic Ocean that is semi-enclosed by Scandinavia, Finland and the remaining Baltic countries.

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CEOS Newsletter March 2016

In December last year, France hosted the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in its capital, Paris, where close to 50,000 participants (including 25,00 official delegates from the likes of government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOS and civil society) gathered with the aim of achieving a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, aimed at keeping global warming below 2°C.

Faces of CEOS

In this short video, the head of ESA’s Climate Office, Pascal Lecomte, talks about the important development and objectives (inc. CCI activities) of the Climate Office (located in Harwell, Oxfordshire). He also talks about the development of his career with ESA and how it has helped insert ESA’s EO climate-based activities into an international context.

Data Visualisations

Climate from Space lets you take a closer look at visualisations of climate data being produced through the European Space Agency's Climate Change Initiative (CCI) programme. The Tablet App is available on iPad and most Android tablets. 

Copernicus Climate Change Service releases ITTs

Production of Essential Climate Variable Datasets based on Earth Observations

ECMWF, as the Entrusted Entity for the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), has issued the first tenders for the production of Essential Climate Variable (ECV) Datasets based on Earth Observations.  These products will help to establish a service delivering a series of gridded long-term Climate Data Records (CDRs) of Essential Climate Variables, along with the associated input data and user support functions. 

CCI Special Issue of RSE - Abstract Submission Open

CCI Special Issue of Remote Sensing of Environment

Abstract submission will be open from 1st March - 31st May for the special edition. If you're not part of the CCI programme but have used the freely available datasets in your research your submission is still welcome.

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