What is GOCE?
ESA's dart-like Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) Earth Explorer orbits as close to Earth as possible - just 260 km up - to maximise its sensitivity to variations in Earth's gravity field.
Launched in 2009, GOCE's state-of-the-art gradiometer is mapping Earth's geoid to an unprecedented level of accuracy, opening a window into Earth's interior structure as well as the currents circulating within the depths of it's oceans.
Latest Mission Operations News
GOCE gravity gradient grids covering the release 4 data volume (November 2009 until July 2012) are now available for download through the GOCE Virtual Online Archive.
07 January 2015
The GOCE iBook, covering the mission's aim to study Earth's Gravity from Space, is now available on the iTunes store.
18 September 2014
Two new gridded products, GRD_SPW_2_ and GRC_SPW_2_, at ground and satellite altitude, are now available on the GOCE Virtual Online Archive.
Latest Mission Results News
25 November 2014
A year after the satellite reentered the atmosphere, scientists using data from the GOCE satellite have made a breakthrough in our understanding of ocean currents.
26 September 2014
Although not designed to map changes in Earth's gravity over time, ESA's extraordinary satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature.
Although ESA's GOCE satellite is no more, all of the measurements it gathered during its life skirting the fringes our atmosphere, including the very last as it drifted slowly back to Earth, have been drawn together to offer new opportunities for science.
09 January 2014
A field campaign dedicated to SMOS and GOCE has revealed unexpected similarities in the missions' very different types of measurements. This surprising discovery could lead to a better understanding of what is happening deep under the Antarctic ice sheet.
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