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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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A 'toast' to Copernicus Sentinel-2B as it delivers its first images

15 March 2017

Just over a week after being lofted into orbit, the European Union's Sentinel-2B satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the ‘colour vision' it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.
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With a swath width of 290 km, the satellite's first acquisition began over the Baltic Sea and made a strip-like observation through eastern Europe, ending in northern Libya.