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CCI Sea Ice

In this video, the science lead for the CCI project on Sea Ice, Stein Sandven of the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (Norway), provides an introductory explanation of the importance of making global observations on sea ice within the context of improving our understanding of climate change.

For more information, please visit our CCI page for Sea Ice.

This video is featured on the Climate from Space app and can also be found on ESA’s YouTube channel.

New Sea Ice Concentration Climate Data Record by the EUMETSAT OSI SAF

The EUMETSAT Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI SAF) recently released a full reprocessing of their Sea Ice Concentration (SIC) Climate Data Record (CDR). Built on the SMMR, SSM/I, and SSMIS series of instruments, it covers years 1979 through 2015. The OSI SAF data record is designed to be compatible with the ESA CCI Sea Ice SIC CDR, which was announced earlier this year. In particular, the two projects shared the same algorithms, processing chains, and file format.

Rapid Changes in Arctic Glaciers

The team of scientists working under the CCI’s Glaciers project have been using radar and optical satellite data to carefully map Earth’s glaciers at different points in time in order to determine changes to their glacial geometries (e.g. extent and elevation) and movements (i.e. speeds) under a changing climate.  For example, and most recently, the observations provided by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites have shown that the Negribreen glacier, sitting on Norway’s Spitsbergen island in the Svalbard archipelago, has experienced a surge in ice surface speed – increasing from 1 to 13 m per day over the winter months of 2016/2017.

For more information, please see the ESA news item. Alternatively, for more information on the CCI project, please visit the CCI page for Glaciers.

Satellite Tracking of Ice Loss in Antarctica

An international team of researchers, led by Dr. Anna Hogg, a CCI Research Fellow working on the CCI’s Antarctic Ice Sheet project, has published the findings of their latest study on glacier flow on the southern Antarctic Peninsula. The study has used over two decades of observations, by five radar satellites (incl. ERS, Envisat and Sentinel-1), to importantly show that the increase in glacier flow (i.e. ice velocity) in this particular region of the world is only a third of what was recently reported. 

The publication in Geophysical Research Letters can be found here. The publication’s lead author, Dr. Anna Hogg from the University of Leeds’ School of Earth and Environment, is part of the UK's Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM).

Additional information can be found via the ESA news item.

GCOS Implementation Plan 2016 - The Global Observing System for Climate: Implementation Needs

This new implementation plan from GCOS importantly describes the proposed implementation of a global observing system for climate, building on current actions (incl. those actions which evolved from the Paris Agreement), paving the way forward for scientific and technological innovations for the Earth observation programmes of space agencies and the national implementation of climate observing systems and networks.

The full document can be viewed here.

Land Cover Annual Global Land Cover Maps (v2.0.7) Dataset Release

The Land Cover CCI team is pleased to announce the release of their latest dataset - 24 annual global land cover maps, at a resolution of 300 m, spanning a twenty-four year period, from 1992 to 2015. These land cover maps were produced through state-of-the art reprocessing of the NOAA-AVHRR HRPT, SPOT-Vegetation, ENVISAT-MERIS FR and RR, ENVISAT-ASAR and PROBA-V archives.

For more information on this dataset, and additional products/datasets associated to it, please visit our CCI page for Land Cover (and their latest newsletter).

Soil Moisture Dataset Release

The Soil Moisture CCI team is pleased to announce the release of their latest dataset, v03.2, which has been generated using active and passive microwave spacebourne instruments and covers nearly four decades (1978-2015). The dataset, providing daily soil moisture with a spatial resolution of 0.25 degrees, consists of three products: an active dataset, a passive dataset and a combined dataset.

For more information, please visit our CCI page for Soil Moisture.

Climate at Your Fingertips!

Make sure to check out Climate from Space, a new digital book for iPad and Android devices, where you can discover our planet's changing climate through the eyes of Earth Observation satellites! The digital book showcases more than 30 years of global satellite observations and includes interactive maps and video interviews with top scientists to explain the nature of climate change and how it's being monitored by satellites.

Climate from Space is available for download for iPad and Android devices.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position on Satellite Data for Climate Research

An exciting new postdoctoral position for a research fellow at the ESA Climate Office has opened up and is now accepting applications. For further details on the position itself and how to apply, please visit:

New CCI Greenland Ice Sheet ECV products!

The Greenland Ice Sheet CCI team is pleased to announce the release of new CCI products for the five Greenland Ice Sheet ECVs (Surface Elevation Change, Ice Velocity, Calving Front Location, Grounding Line Location and Gravimetric Mass Balance).

For more information, please visit our CCI page for the Greenland Ice Sheet.

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