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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.

CCI Land Cover

In this video, the science lead for the CCI project on Land Cover, Sophie Bontemps of UC Louvain (Belgium), provides an introductory explanation of the importance of making global observations on land cover within the context of improving our understanding of climate change.

For more information, please visit our CCI page for Land Cover.

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

Sea Ice Concentration (SIC) v2.0 ECV Dataset Release

The Sea Ice CCI team is pleased to announce the release of a full reprocessing of the Sea Ice Concentration (SIC) v2.0 ECV. The release provides Climate Data Record (CDR) of SIC over the polar regions, derived from medium resolution passive microwave satellite data of AMSR-E (2002-2011) and AMSR2 (2012-2015). Two different CDRs are made available from the CCI Data Portal. The two CDRs use different imaging channels and therefore they have different characteristics and accuracies.

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

Climate from Space – now available on Android!

The CCI’s very own Climate from Space app, which provides the opportunity to interactively explore some of the climate data that is being produced by the initiative, is now available for Android devices via Amazon.

Climate from Space is also available on iTunes.

CCI Sea Level Dataset Release

The CCI Sea Level team have just released their latest dataset, Sea Level v2.0, where a full reprocessing now provides users with products that now include monthly maps of sea level anomalies, as well as a number of ocean indicators (including the temporal evolution of the global mean sea level, maps of sea level trends and maps of the amplitude and phase of the annual sea level signal), available over the 1993-2015 period.

For more information, including how to get access to the data, please visit our CCI page for Sea Level.

The CCI Data Viewer

The CCI Data Viewer is a web based EO data visualisation tool for accessing data products hosted on the CCI Open Data Portal. The viewer allows any user to benefit from the Portal’s installed Web Map Service (WMS) server without the need for a local installation of any applications in order to visualise WMS compatible data products. Functionality of the tool includes the facility to zoom/pan geo-located data maps, analyse data along a transit, analyse data at a single point and switch between multiple layers.

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:

The Research Fellow Programme is open to nationals of the following states: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, or Canada as a Cooperating State, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia as European Cooperating States (ECS).

Within the context of the work of the ESA Climate Office, the selected candidate could choose to be involved in various activities depending on their previous research experience. In order of preference, the suggested topics for potential research fellows are:

  • Participating in activities related to the use of Essential Climate Variable products such as climate research, geophysical data analysis, data validation/intercomparison, data visualisation or data assimilation.
  • Developing activities common to a subset of climate projects in an area such as data management (archiving, pre-processing, post-processing), processing or climate domains (Atmospheric, Land and Ocean) and their interfaces.
  • Working with one of the various Climate Change Initiative projects, either those directly managed by the ESA Climate Office (Aerosol_cci, Cloud_cci, Sea_Ice_cci, Soil_Moisture_cci, Fire_cci and Glaciers_cci) as well as others within the CCI portfolio. Websites for these projects are linked from the main CCI website.
  • Working to support cross cutting activities such as data harmonisation, data consistency assessment, uncertainty characterisation, climate applications and climate research.

We encourage a wide range of proposals and can be reasonably flexible in what subjects can be covered. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within three years of receiving their PhD.

Deadline for applications: 10th January 2016.

The ESA Climate Office Attends the UNFCCC’s COP-22

The 22nd session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP), held in Marrakech, Morocco, came to a successful close at the end of last week. The ESA Climate Office attended this COP session, with a stand in the Exhibition hall.

At the end of the first week, on Friday 11th November, the heads of the space agencies in attendance held a meeting in the Moroccan pavilion, organised by Morocco’s Royal Centre for Remote Sensing (CRTS), the Royal Centre for Space Studies and Research (CRERS) and the French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES). The session brought together the heads of space agencies from countries all over the world (inc. Morocco, Germany, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Norway) as well as the President of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Here, the space agencies reiterated resolve to support international efforts to implement the Paris agreement. The head of the ESA Climate Office, Pascal Lecomte, presented on behalf of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and showcased the work produced by ESA’s CCI programme (see link).

For more information, please see ESA’s Space For Our Climate news item.


The 22nd session of the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP), COP-22, will be held in Marrakech (Morocco) this month (7-18th November 2016). A key task for the COP is to review the national communications and emission inventories submitted by the Parties. With the information submitted, the COP can then assess the effects of the measures taken by the Parties and the progress made in achieving the ultimate objective of the convention.

This session will also be the first session of the COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement, unified last year at COP-21, which was put into force today!

For further information, please visit UNFCCC COP-22.

7th CCI Collocation Meeting

The most recent annual CCI Collocation meeting, bringing together representatives from all fifteen CCI project teams, took place at ESRIN (Italy) earlier this month (4th - 6th October 2016). The main focus of this meeting was to report on the programme’s recent achievements, discuss major upcoming activities and address issues that have been important across the ECV projects.

More information to follow shortly. Watch this space!

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