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New paper on CryoSat performance over the ocean

10 February 2017

A significant reference for oceanographic applications of CryoSat has been published in the Remote Sensing of Environment journal.

The study was conducted by the UK's National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) within the framework of the ESA CryoSat Ocean Data Scientific Quality Control and Validation project.

This extensive evaluation of CryoSat ocean products includes noise and along-track spectral analysis as well as validation performed against the Jason-2 mission and several in-situ observations. The obtained results clearly confirm the excellent performance of CryoSat over the ocean.

The article is free to access, download and share at the following URL until 15 March 2017:

Calafat, F.M., P. Cipollini, J. Bouffard, H. Snaith, P. Féménias, Evaluation of new CryoSat-2 products over the ocean, Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 191, 15 March 2017, Pages 131-144, ISSN 0034-4257,

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Sentinel-5P launch preparations in full swing

14 September 2017

With liftoff set for 13 October, engineers at Russia's Plesetsk launch site are steaming ahead with the task of getting Europe's next Copernicus satellite ready for its journey into orbit.
Sentinel-5P being lifted into position
The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at Plesetsk in northern Russia for almost two weeks. So far, it has been taken out of its transport container, positioned for testing and engineers have started ticking off the jobs on the long ‘to do' list.