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CAMPAIGNS

Learn about the ground-based, ship-borne, balloon-borne, and airborne campaigns and small satellite field experiments that validate orbiting ESA EO satellites and support future mission development.

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    1995 - 2021

    SnowSum

    The SnowSum experiment is designed to support the development of future concepts to monitor the cryosphere.

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    2020

    HydroSoil

    The main objective of HydroSoil was to demonstrate the retrieval of soil moisture and vegetation parameters in an agricultural field under controlled conditions using a ground-based fully-polarimetric SAR instrument (GB-PolSAR).

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    2019

    SARSense 2019

    The SARSense campaign in the Jülich area (Germany) in summer 2019 was performed to support the ESA Copernicus high priority mission ROSE-L.

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    2019

    CryoVEx ICESat-2 Summer 2019

    The ESA CryoVEx/ICESat‐2 summer campaign 2019 is an add‐on to the campaign carried out in the spring 2019, which did not cover all the flights that were planned due to weather obstacles.

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    2019

    CryoVex/ICESat-2 Spring 2019

    The ESA Spring CryoVEx/ICESat-2 campaign 2019 was the first CryoVEx campaign since the launch of NASA ICESat-2 in September 2018, and aimed at cross-validating ESA CryoSat-2 and NASA ICESat-2 missions over sea ice and land ice in the Arctic.

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    2018 - 2019

    FIRMOS

    In preparation of the Earth Explorer 9 FORUM mission, a new facility named FIRMOS (Far-Infrared Radiation Mobile Observation System) has been developed for field applications from both ground-based and airborne platforms to check with real measurements the sounding capability provided by FIR observations.

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    2018

    BelSAR 2018

    The BelSAR project intended to carry out an airborne campaign for SAR bistatic interferometric measurements at L-band and full polarization, over a test site in Belgium.

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    2018

    WindVal III

    The objectives the WindVal III campaign were derived from results, experience and lessons learnt of the last airborne campaigns in 2009, 2015 and 2016.

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    2017 - 2018

    Cryovex/KAREN Antarctica 2017/18 

    ESA’s CryoVEx/Karen 2017‐18 campaign took place in Antarctica in from Dec 2017 to Jan 2018. The campaign was composed of an airborne and in‐situ campaign and acquired extensive data sets of scanning lidar, Ku‐ and Ka‐band nadir‐looking radar, and auxiliary imagery for validation of the ESA CryoSat‐2 satellite (Ku‐band radar altimetry) and the French‐Indian AltiKa mission (Ka‐band radar altimetry).

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    2018

    Sentinel-3 OLCI Tandem 2018

    In 2018, a tandem campaign was conducted between the Sentinel-3A and 3B satellites to help test the future FLEX mission.

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    2017

    CryoVex KAREN 2017

    The CryoVex-KAREN 2017 Campaign in the Arctic had the goal to collect unique measurements to help us better understand how sea ice is changing.

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    2016

    EPATAN 2016

    The main scientific objectives of EPATAN 2016 (Earthcare PrepAraTion cAmpaigN) were derived from the scientific objectives of EarthCARE.

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    2015 - 2016

    AROMAT-II

    This campaign covers the fields of atmospheric composition: NO2, SO2, aerosols, over Romania (Bucharest and Turceni) and Germany (Berlin).

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    2015 - 2016

    AfriScat

    AfriScat campaign, a follow on to TropiSCAT campaign, was to acquire long-term P-Band radar data in an African tropical forest.

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    2016

    AfriSAR 2016

    In order to further support the BIOMASS mission development, especially concerning the mission concept verification and the development of geophysical algorithms, ESA funded the AfriSAR campaign.

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    2016

    GWEX

    The aim of this study was to perform Gravity Wave (GW) observations with the airborne IRLI GLORIA on board of HALO. In this way for a first time 3-D tomographic reconstructions of mesoscale GW events in the lower stratosphere were taken.

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    2016

    WindVal II

    The objectives for the WindVal II campaign in 2016 were derived from the results, experience and lessons learnt from these last airborne campaigns in 2009 and 2015.

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    2016

    CryoVex KAREN 2016 Fall

    The CryoVex-KAREN 2016 Fall Campaign in Ilulissat, Greenland had the goal to collect unique measurements to help us better understand how snow and ice on the Greenland ice sheet is changing over time, and help ESA design future space missions to monitor the changing climate in our polar regions.

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    2015

    AfriSAR 2015

    During the AfriSAR 2015 campaign, shared between ONERA (dry season, July 2015) and DLR (wet season 2016), Pol-InSAR and TomoSAR airborne data set were collected over four test sites over Africa, therefore covering different forest structures.

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    2015

    AirScatterGNSS

    In this project an Airborne Wind Vector Scatterometer (AWVS) system was designed and built for measurements of sea surface backscattering from an aircraft.

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