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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!

A New CCI Ocean Colour Dataset Released

The CCI Ocean Colour project team have just released their new dataset, OC-CCI v3.0, which includes more data, improved corrections and algorithms! For more information, please visit our CCI page for Ocean Colour.

CCI Open Data Portal Dashboard and Data Search tool now live

02/09/2016 13:18

The CCI Open Data Portal Dashboard and Data Search tools are now live.

The CCI Dashboard provides a high level view of the data sets within the CCI Open Data Portal archive, including key information for each product type, a quick link to download them via FTP and a graphical representation of their temporal coverage.

The Data Search tool can be used to search and download the data products in the CCI Open Data Portal archive. The CCI Data Search provides free text and faceted search options, allowing users to customise their search query. The resulting data can be downloaded via multiple data access methods


CCI Soil Moisture Featured in BAMS State of the Climate in 2015 Report

The CCI Soil Moisture project are proud to announce that an overview of recent and historical global CCI soil moisture conditions were published in the State of the Climate in 2015 Report, the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS).

Global Climate Observing System - Implementation Plan review

The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) are requesting comments from the scientific community on their new Implementation Plan.  The first GCOS Implementation Plan in 2004 concentrated mainly on the physical climate system and actions to enable the production of Essential Climate Variable datasets. This 2016 Plan also aims to incorporate broader climate policy observation requirements from the adaptation and mitigation communities. It will be submitted to the UNFCCC for its COP 22 meeting. 

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