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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 (, 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



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.

CCI explains climate change to the French public at the 15th Forum Meteo et Climat

Members of the French public, and hundreds of Parisian schoolchildren, were taken on a tour of the earth as part of the four day 15th International Forum Meteo et Climat earlier this month.

Biomass project joins the stable of CCI projects

A new project focussing on the role of biomass plays in climate has recently been added to the CCI stable of projects.

The Climate Change Initiative biomass project picks up from where its predecessor, GlobBiomass left off. GlobBiomass used satellite data to produce global maps and measures of biomass.

Poster: Essential Climate Variables for addressing the Paris Agreement (UNFCCC SBSTA, Bonn, May 2018)

The ESA Climate Office presented a poster on Essential Climate variables for addressing the Paris Agreement at the 48th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) in Bonn, Germany.

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