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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.
The objective of WInd and Salinity Experiment 2001 (WISE 2001) campaign was to get more data points and better wind speed measurements.
The objectives the WindVal III campaign were derived from results, experience and lessons learnt of the last airborne campaigns in 2009, 2015 and 2016.
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.
The objectives of the WindVal 1 campaign in 2015 were derived from results, experience and lessons learnt from the previous airborne campaign in 2009.
The objective of the airborne campaign Water Vapour Lidar Experiment (WALEX) is to collect valuable data to provide representative lidar measurements of water vapour and aerosol properties in different climatic zones.
ESA's SPectra bARrax Campaign (SPARC) activity was part of the preparatory study for a proposed ESA Earth Explorer mission called SPECTRA. The objective was to collect a CHRIS/PROBA reference dataset for SPECTRA-related studies.
The SnowSum experiment is designed to support the development of future concepts to monitor the cryosphere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ESA Sounder Campaign 2011 (ESSenCe) conducted field measurements utilising the high-altitude research aircraft Geophysica to quantify processes that control the composition and structure of the mid to upper troposphere and lower stratosphere.
The main scientific objectives of EPATAN 2016 (Earthcare PrepAraTion cAmpaigN) were derived from the scientific objectives of EarthCARE.
DESIREX 2008 (Dual-use European Security IR Experiment 2008) was conceived as an experimental campaign in the city of Madrid (Spain).
The COMEX campaign supports the mission definition of CarbonSat and HyspIRI by providing representative airborne remote sensing data ‐ MAMAP for CarbonSat.
CLARE 2000: Cloud Lidar and Radar Experiments were to provide an extended data base and develop new analysis methods.
The ESA CHARADMExp campaign focuses on marine and marine-dust aerosol mixture characterisation.
The objective of the CEFLES2 campaigns was to provide key reference data and background knowledge for the preparatory phases of the Sentinel‐2 and FLEX missions.
The C‐MAPExp campaign was planned and executed to support the demonstration of CarbonSat capabilities.
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).