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Maintenance on MUIS/EOLI-SA system

23 July 2010

Due to a planned maintenance related to the transfer to operations of the new server supporting the MUIS/EOLI-SA infrastructure, the EOLI-SA catalogue and ordering tool will be unavailable from 12:00 UTC / 14:00 CET to 18:00 UTC / 20:00 CET on Monday 26 July 2010.

Use of EOLI-SA UserSets and ShopCarts created with the previous infrastructure will no longer be supported after the switch to the new server.

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Contingency in GOCE telemetry reception

22 July 2010

An anomaly has occurred on the GOCE spacecraft which affects the ability to correctly receive and decipher software-generated telemetry on ground. The root cause of the anomaly is under investigation by ESA and key industrial partners involved in the GOCE mission.

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Scientists receive first CryoSat-2 data

20 July 2010

A better understanding of how Earth's ice fields are changing has come another step closer as the first data from ESA's ice mission are released to selected scientists around the world for fine-tuning.

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GFZ SEAVAR precise orbits of altimetry satellites ERS-1, ERS-2, GEOSAT

22 July 2010

Precise orbits of altimetry satellites ERS-1 (August 1, 1991 - June 5, 1996), ERS-2 (May 16, 1995 - February 27, 2006), GEOSAT (March 24, 1985 - December 28, 1989) and TOPEX/Poseidon (September 23, 1992 - October 8, 2005) were derived at the time spans given at Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences within the project "Sea Level Variations - Prospects from the Past to the Present" (SEAVAR) using "Earth Parameter and Orbit System - Orbit Computation (EPOS-OC)" software and the Altimeter Database and processing System (ADS, developed at GFZ. The orbits were computed in the same (ITRF2000) terrestrial reference frame for all satellites using common, most precise models and standards available.

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Planning Activities


Plots of the planned ERS-2 SAR acquisitions for the coming week are available here.
Special Acquisition Plan

Satellite: ENVISAT
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
22-July-2010 43881 ASA_IM_IS4_HH
23-July-2010 43895 ASA_IM_IS5_HH
25-July-2010 43924 ASA_IM_IS6_HH

Earth Watching Activities

New image has been published for the following event:

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Baltic Sea

This Envisat image captures blue-green algae blooms filling the Baltic Sea, which is roughly 1600 km long, 190 km wide and has a surface area of about 377 000 sq km.

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Fourth Coastal Altimetry Workshop

14 October 2010 - 15 October 2010

The international community of scientists working on development and applications of altimetry in the coastal zone is meeting again in Porto this coming October for the 4th Workshop of this successful Coastal Altimetry series, hosted by the Faculty of Science, University of Porto.

Registration deadline: 15 September 2010