The Scatterometer Instrument Competence Centre (SCIRoCCo) project was established by ESA in support of the activities of the Sensor Performance and Product Assessment and Algorithm section (EOP-GMQ) for the ERS-2 Scatterometer mission Phase-F.
The project started on 24 June 2014 for a duration of two years. The final project review was held in ESRIN on 31 January 2017.
SCIRoCCo is an interdisciplinary cooperation of international scatterometry experts, aimed at promoting the continuing exploitation of ESA's unique 20 years' worth of ERS Scatterometer data (ESCAT) at medium (25 km, 50 km) spatial resolution, and improving the quality of available and future scatterometry data.
The SCIRoCCo project aims are to consolidate current methodologies for scatterometer data processing and calibration. SCIRoCCo provides ERS-1/-2 sensors inter-calibration, sensor characterisation and data validation. Data analysis and processing software, academic and technical publications in support of calibration and many diverse applications and research in Land (e.g. Soil Moisture), Oceanography (Ocean Winds, Sea, Ice), Climatology are also provided through the web portal. The web portal also serves as the entry point to SCIRoCCo's educational network, funded through grants and aimed at fostering the next-generation scatterometry experts. SCIRoCCo thus targets the needs of meteorological agencies, meteorological operations centres and the broader research and user communities for consistent and high quality Scatterometer data processing.
SCIRoCCo is a (Multi-)Sensor Timeseries project. ESA has been collecting and processing Earth observation data from ESA missions (for example Envisat, ERS-1 and -2), and ESA Third Party Missions (for example AVHRR, Landsat, ALOS) for nearly three decades. To facilitate the various end-user and science applications, there is a need for the agency to support and maintain the quality aspects across missions with similar sensors. The SPPA (Sensor Performance, Products and Algorithms) team multi-sensor activities focus primarily on the sensor Fundamental Data Records (FDR), i.e. the level 1 data, on the instrument's core products, as outlined in the Mission Requirements Documents of each mission, and on some select additional geophysical parameters that facilitate the improvements of the sensor FDR.
If you have any questions about this project, contact:
Dr Raffaele Crapolicchio
Address: Serco SpA, Via Sciadonna 24-26, 00044 Frascati, Italy
Dr Philippe Goryl
Address: ESA-ESRIN, Largo Galileo Galilei 1, 00044 Frascati, Italy