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The ESA Climate Change Initiative is a dedicated research programme which aims to realise the full potential of the long-term, global EO archives to generate satellite-based Essential Climate Variables as a timely contribution to the ECV databases required by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The CCI exploits the Earth Observation archives that ESA has established over the last 40 years together, with its Member States. The CCI comprises 22 parallel projects and involves over 100 European research institutions and private sector partners.

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.

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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.

Visualisation Tool

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.

6th CMUG Integration Meeting


14-16 March 2016, Munich, Germany.

The CCI Sixth Integration meeting aims to:

1. Allow CMUG and the Climate Research Groups to demonstrate and compare their results

2. Examine future data use, including: modelling applications, data quality, and data provision, new ECVs

3. Gain an external perspective from independent experts

4. Strengthen links between CCI and relevant climate projects/initiatives/research community

For further details please contact the CMUG project. 

7th Collocation Meeting 2016



7th Collocation Meeting

The 7th Collocation meeting of the CCI took place at ESRIN, Italy, from the 4th - 6th October 2016. The Collocation meeting brought together representatives of all fifteen CCI project teams, as well as the Data Portal and Toolbox projects, and Visualisation activities. The main focus of this Collocation meeting was to assess the legacy achievements of the CCI projects and programme as a whole, as well as look towards how this legacy can be used to shape the programme for CCI+.

Earth Observation of the Cryosphere

12/09/2016 00:00
16/09/2016 00:00

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) is pleased to announce the first advanced training course in Earth Observation of the Cryosphere, which will be hosted at the University of Leeds (UK), from 12 to 16 September 2016. Lead by members of the CCI Antarctic Ice Sheet project, the course will cover all aspects of cryosphere remote sensing.

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