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.
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.
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 http://www.cpom.ucl.ac.uk/csopr/iv/.
The Remote Sensing of Chlorophyll in the Baltic Sea at Basin Scale from 1997 to 2012 Using Merged Multi-Sensor DataSubmitted by Fay Done on Tue, 26/04/2016 - 15:54
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.
PDF download: http://www.ocean-sci.net/12/379/2016/os-12-379-2016.pdf
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.
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.
To make a satellite climate data record programme like ESA CCI become even more successful, the user requires not only the best possible climate datasets but also an easy, user-friendly, reliable and maintained tooling support for his individual application areas. For this purpose, the CCI Toolbox will be developed and made freely available to all users of CCI data. It aims to meet the needs of the Climate community from non-expert to high-level expert users – within and beyond CCI, with focus on cross-ECV applications.