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The GOCINA project - an overview and status

Dr Per Knudsen(1)

(1) Kort & Matrikelstyrelsen, Rentevestervej 8, 2400 Copenhagen NV, Denmark


GOCINA is a shared cost project (contract EVG1-CT-2002-00077) co-funded by the Research DG of the European Commission within the RTD activities of a generic nature of the Environment and Sustainable Development sub- programme of the 5th Framework Programme.

The aim of the GOCINA project is to enhance European capacity in Earth observation technologies by promoting and developing methods for the joint exploitation of the approved European Space Agency ENVISAT (Radar Altimeter) and GOCE missions for ocean circulation studies and associated climate modelling and operational data assimilation.

A major task is to determine an accurate geoid in the region between Greenland and the UK and, thereby, create a platform for validation of future GOCE Level 2 data and higher order scientific products. The new and accurate geoid is used together with an accurate mean sea surface to determine the mean dynamic topography. The mean dynamic topography is used for improved analysis of the ocean circulation and transport through the straits between Greenland and the UK. Furthermore, GOCINA will develop recommendations for use of GOCE data in ocean analyses.


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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