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GOCE Data Announcement of Opportunity

Jérôme Benveniste(1)

(1) ESA, Via Galileo Galilei, 00044 Frascati, Italy


The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation (GOCE) mission is scheduled for launch in 2007, and will be ESA’s first Earth Explorer Core mission. The primary objective of the GOCE mission is to provide global and regional models of the Earth gravity field and the geoid, its reference equipotential surface, with high spatial resolution and accuracy. The high resolution static gravity field and gravimetric geoid measured by GOCE will stimulate research in a wide range of disciplines spanning studies of ocean circulation, cryosphere, solid-earth physics, natural hazards, geodesy and surveying. When used in combination with existing sensors on ESA and Third Party Missions, GOCE data will stimulate a rich variety of value-added research. Moreover, GOCE data will facilitate important advances in the use of historical altimetry and other such datasets when referenced to a precise geoid. The dedicated GOCE Data AO aims at promoting pre-launch preparations for use and exploitation of GOCE standard data products in conjunction with data from other missions (such as Envisat, ERS, and Third Party Missions).

Proposals should be submitted for evaluation via the dedicated Web site The submission deadline is on 8 December 2006. Proposals will be evaluated by a scientific committee according to the criteria described in the GOCE AO document found on the eopi web site mentioned above. Following approval of the proposed project by ESA, access to data sets necessary to execute the projects will be provided free of charge to the selected Principal Investigators, within the limits of the quota assigned to the proposal.

The following data sets will be made available:

- GOCE calibrated and validated Level 1B and Level 2 data products

- ERS, ENVISAT and ESA Third Party Missions products

This presentation will describe in detail the AO submission and selection processes and the duties of the future Principal Investigator.


Workshop presentation

Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry