A ship-borne photometer of CIMEL CE318-T type was permanently installed in early January 2021 aboard the French research vessel Marion Dufresne in the frame of the MAP-IO (Marion Dufresne Atmospheric Program - Indian Ocean) research programme
Within the IDEAS-QA4EO ESA project a precision filter radiometer (PFR) travelling standard was installed at the European calibration site of AERONET to provide continuous traceability of aerosol optical depth measurements to the World reference maintained at Davos through a PFR Triad.
ESA's Earth Observation Programme Board has unanimously approved the integration of the Federated Satellite Systems (FSSCat) mission, the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) instrument on-board the GEO-KOMPSAT-2B satellite and the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, as Third Party Missions.
Ferocious bushfires have been sweeping across Australia since September 2019, fuelled by record-breaking temperatures, drought and wind. The country has always experienced fires, but this season has been horrific.