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The measurement of sea-surface wind vectors are operationally input to meteorological models and to shipping routing forecasts. In addition there is a growth in the request to support renewable energy projects such as wind farms.

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ESA's wind mission

16 January 2012

ADM-Aeolus is the first space mission to acquire profiles of the wind on a global scale. These near-realtime observations will improve the accuracy of numerical weather and climate prediction and advance our understanding of tropical dynamics and processes relevant to climate variability.

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CryoSat ice satellite rides new waves

23 December 2011

ESA's CryoSat mission has been gathering detailed information on the thickness of Earth's ice since its launch in 2010. Through international collaboration, this state-of-the-art mission is soon to be used to monitor conditions at sea for marine forecasting...

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Hurricane Season 2011

12 December 2011

MIAMI, Nov 28, 2011 (From AFP) - The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season produced a total of 19 storms, including Hurricane Irene that lashed the US East Coast in August in the third-most active year on record...

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Clear forecast for weather-monitoring mission

08 November 2011

International partners are looking ahead to Europe's second polar-orbiting mission dedicated to operational meteorology - MetOp-B is set for launch next May...

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The OceanoScientific® Programme

15 July 2010

Scientists around the world model the evolution of the climate in order to precisely determine the causes and consequences of this warming. But those models sometimes need more support, as there is a real lack of scientific data efficiently validated. Nevertheless, satellite observation is very useful as it allows Scientists to monitor all the oceans nearly continuously.

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SEASAR 2008 - Wind energy and SAR wind mapping

21 January 2009

Advantages: Mapping spatial variations offshore, Several space platforms, Operational wind mapping. Limitations: Temporal resolution (improving), Accuracy (for feasibility acceptable).

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Investigation of polar lows by combined use of active and passive satellite remote sensing - ...

04 May 2007

Polar lows are fairly intense but small and short-lived cyclones which form poleward of the main baroclinic zone over high-latitude oceans. As polar lows often cause strong winds and heavy precipitation...

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EOPI - Global Doppler Centroid Anomaly (Results published September 2004)

11 October 2006

The global picture of the Doppler centroid anomaly shows fairly close similarity to the general atmospheric circulation. Monthly global ...

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EOPI - SAR Wind Field Retrieval Algorithm (Results published September 2004)

11 October 2006

A fully operational algorithm that enables to retrieve high-resolution ocean surface wind fields from satellite borne synthetic aperture ...

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EU/ECMRWF - ERA 40 Atlas (Website released February 2006)

11 October 2006

The ERA-40 project is being funded for a three-year period from 1 April 2000 by the European Union under its Fifth Framework Programme in Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development. The ERA-40 ...