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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.
SENtinel-2 and FLuorescence EXperiment (SEN2FLEX) campaign combines different activities in support of initiatives related both to fluorescence experiments and Sentinel-2 initiative for prototyping of resolutions to meet mission requirements.
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 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.
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.
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 European Survey of Arctic Gravity (ESAG) campaign objective was to acquire measurements of the Arctic Ocean, in support of GOCE mission; and acquire scanning laser ranging data and profiling laser altimetry over sea-ice north of Greenland.
The main scientific objectives of EPATAN 2016 (Earthcare PrepAraTion cAmpaigN) were derived from the scientific objectives of EarthCARE.
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.
The purpose of the DOMEX experiment was to acquire the first combined, in-situ microwave emission measurements using C- and L-band radiometers.
DESIREX 2008 (Dual-use European Security IR Experiment 2008) was conceived as an experimental campaign in the city of Madrid (Spain).