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Scientists open altimeter satellites' 'eyes' to ice-covered blind spots of the Arctic and Antarctic

Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), part of ESA's Climate Change Initiative Sea Level project, have developed an algorithm for satellites that enables the properties of oceans beneath the ice caps to be accurately determined.

Explorer briefs Swedish students on ESA-sponsored climate expedition

Last week, school students from Church School, Dalacarlia, Sweden, gathered to listen to a lecture by the famous adventurer and sustainability champion Carina Ahlqvist. Carina is leading an ESA-sponsored Himalayan expedition this month, the Mount Makalu Climb which is supporting climate change research.

ESA CCI joins the Makalu Climate Expedition 2018

Glacier scientists, working on ESA's Climate Change Initiative are joining Swedish explorer, Carina Ahlqvist on the Makalu Climate Climb, a Himalayan expedition, this April.

This ground-based science mission will take in-situ measurements of the nearby Barun glacier to support long-term data records derived from satellite observations.

CCI Fire Dataset Release (CCI Fire v5.0)

The CCI Fire team is pleased to announce the release of their latest dataset, CCI Fire v5.0. This dataset, produced using data from the Terra MODIS sensor, provides users with the first global burned area products at a spatial resolution of 250 m (between 2001 and 2016).

For more information and data (also available via the data portal), please visit the CCI page for Fire

The Earth's Carbon Cycle

The Earth's carbon cycle allows for carbon to be continuously cycled, through a range of different processes, between the oceans, land and atmosphere. Satellite data is being used to improve our understanding of the carbon cycle, which has been disturbed by human activity in recent times, and it's role in climate change.

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CCI Open Data Portal 2018 Annual User Survey

The CCI Open Data Portal team are interested in what you think about the site. Love it already? Could we do better? This is your opportunity to let us know what you think and to have your say in its evolution.

Please take a couple of minutes to answer 5 quick questions to help us capture your feedback. The questions can be found by following this URL:

Alternatively, you can send us an email at:

Thank you,

The CCI Open Data Portal Team

Earth's Changing Atmosphere

Human activity is changing the composition of our atmosphere; ESA's Climate Change Initiative (CCI) uses satellite data, going back nearly three decades, to help improve our understanding of how our atmosphere's composition is changing and how these changes are affecting our climate. 

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8th Collocation Meeting 2018

8th Collocation Meeting

The 8th CCI Collocation meeting took place at St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK, from the 20-22 March 2018. This was the first meeting of the CCI programme with both the current and new ECV projects. There was also representation from cross-ECV activities including CMUG, Sea Level Budget, Knowledge Exchange and the Fellowships.

A report of the meeting is available here.

Earth's Changing Lands

Land cover maps provide us with a break down of the different materials that occupy the Earth's surface (e.g. ice, crops, forests, grasslands and artificial materials); this infomation is important to monitoring changes in land use, conserving biodiversity, managing natural resources and understanding climate change. 

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In April 2017, the CCI Land Cover team released the first time-series of annual global maps spanning 1992–2015. For more information and data download, please visit the CCI Land Cover web page. 

The Interaction Between the Earth's Oceans and Atmosphere

This animation provides a brief introduction on how the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere interact and how this interaction plays a vital role in moderating the Earth's climate.

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