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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. 

Land Cover_cci progress meeting, Mexico

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

 

Update to the Climate from Space app

The Climate from Space tablet app has recieved its latest update with new climate data and animations added. 

The electronic book, which lets you take a closer look at the climate data being produced by the European Space Agency's Climate Change Initiative, includes new data on Fire, Ice Sheets, Land Cover Essential Climate Variables. The app also includes a new Carbon Cycle animation and an improved data viewer.

The tablet app is free and available in both the Apple and Amazon App stores.

CCI Sea Ice Dataset Release (Sea Ice Thickness v2.0)

The CCI Sea Ice team is pleased to announce the release of their updated version of the sea-ice thickness dataset (v2.0). This dataset includes observations, made by two radar altimeter missions - Envisat and CryoSat-2, on polar Winters between October 2002 and April 2017. This dataset, in comparison to the previous dataset (v1.0), provides a number improvements which include improved sea-ice thickness retrievals from Envisat data, an experimental data record in the southern hemisphere, the delivery of trajectory-based Level 2 products and the availability of freeboard data in Level 2 and 3 products. 

The sea-ice thickness data is open and publicly available via the CCI Data Portal.

Figure 1: Mean sea-ice thickness of in Central Arctic Ocean within Envisat orbit (< 81.45N) from Envisat and CryoSat-2 monthly products.

Figure 2: Mean monthly sea-ice thickness of in the southern hemisphere from Envisat and CryoSat-2 monthly products.
 

Satellite data show the rate of Antarctic ice loss is accelerating

A major study using satellite information reveals that ice melting in Antarctica has raised sea levels by 7.6 cm since 1992. Critically, almost half of this rise has occurred in the last five years.

The findings come from IMBIE or Ice sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise which provides the most complete picture to date of how Antarctica’s ice sheet is changing and was supported by ESA's Climate Change Initiative.

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