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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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    CryoVEx 2005

    CryoVEx 2005 was the third combined airborne and surface campaign for the preparation of the CryoSat mission. It followed the 2004 campaign, which first utilised the new ASIRAS radar.

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    2000 - 2001

    WISE

    The objective of WInd and Salinity Experiment 2001 (WISE 2001) campaign was to get more data points and better wind speed measurements.

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    2002

    LaRA

    To improve our knowledge of how best to measure ice thickness, the airborne Laser and Radar Altimeter campaign (LaRA) was carried out over the frozen expanses of northern Greenland.

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    2000 - 2002

    LOSAC

    The L-band Ocean Salinity Airborne Campaign (LOSAC) objective is to understand the nature of the wind driven signatures in order to evaluate if corrections are necessary prior to salinity estimations based on the radiometer signals.

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    2003

    CryoVEx 2003

    The CryoVEx (CryoSat Validation EXperiment) 2003 campaign was a first comprehensive Arctic Ocean airborne and surface campaign, in support of the ESA satellite CryoSat, planned for launch late 2004.

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    2004

    CryoVEx 2004

    CryoVex 2004 was the second combined airborne and surface campaign for the preparation of the CryoSat mission, after successful completion of CryoVex 2003 by DTU.

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    2004

    DOMEX-1

    The purpose of the DOMEX experiment was to acquire the first combined, in-situ microwave emission measurements using C- and L-band radiometers.

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    2005

    BACCHUS-DOC

    The BACCHUS-DOC Radar and Optical Campaign was an area mapping project of vineyards near Frascati (Italy). ESA required high resolution geo-referenced airborne SAR data of different wavelength and polarisation (preferably polarimetric).

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    2006

    CryoVEx 2006

    CryoSat Validation Experiment (CryoVEx) 2006 was carried out between 18 April and 18 May 2006 in the Arctic.

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    2007

    CryoVEx 2007

    Following the successful 2004, 2005 and 2006 campaigns, the CryoVEx2007 campaign took place in Svalbard from 15 to 25 April 2007.

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    2009 - 2010

    PremierEX

    The campaign was based in the Arena Arctica in Kiruna (Sweden). The science campaign has addressed the science objectives and was part of the airborne campaign of the EU project RECONCILE.

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    2014

    AROMAT-I

    The main objective of this AROMAT-I campaign was to test newly developed airborne sensors and to evaluate their capabilities as validation tools for future air quality space borne sensors, in particular TROPOMI.

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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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    2015

    WindVal I

    The objectives of the WindVal 1 campaign in 2015 were derived from results, experience and lessons learnt from the previous airborne campaign in 2009.

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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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    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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    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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    2018

    Drift4SKIM

    As part of the detailed design and feasibility studies of the Sea Surface Kinematics Multiscale (SKIM) 9th Earth Explorer program candidate mission, ESA initiated the Drift4SKIM field campaign, with the aim to evaluate the feasibility of measuring the insitu Total Surface Current Velocity (TSCV) using pulse-pair Doppler radars.

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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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