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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.

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GOCE data access simplified

19 June 2018

All GOCE L1 and L2 data are now freely available via the GOCE Virtual Archive (http://eo-virtual-archive1.esa.int/Index.html) without the need of prior registration. This applies also to users that previously have registered and obtained access credentials.

Earth Observation data distribution services improvement

14 June 2018

ESA has started a process to improve the Earth Observation data distribution services, aiming at facilitating access to data and information for the end users, initially by shortening the access path and reviewing authentication and authorisation processes.

Level 1 data of the redundant GOCE GPS receiver covering the de-orbiting phase uploaded

09 March 2018

The level 1 data of the redundant GOCE GPS receiver have been made available on the GOCE Virtual Online Archive. The data set contains the RINEX data and the SST nominal L1b products and covers the de-orbiting period.

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ESA's unexpected fleet of space weather monitors

29 June 2018

A team of researchers, supported under ESA's Basic Activities, has recently investigated a resourceful new method of monitoring space weather. They utilised the data from the Swarm and GOCE Earth Explorer missions, and from LISA Pathfinder to investigate whether platform magnetometer data could also be used for space weather diagnostics.

 

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Earth’s squishy interior gives rapid rise to Antarctica

22 June 2018

Parts of Earth's crust are rising very slowly owing to post-glacial rebound, but using GPS, researchers have found that West Antarctica is rising faster than almost anywhere else in the world. And, ESA's GOCE gravity mission has, in turn, helped them to understand that the mantle below is unusually fluid.

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Searching for underground energy sources from space

27 July 2015

Data from ESA's GOCE gravity satellite are being used to improve models of Earth's geology, indicating the potential locations of subsurface energy sources.

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Join the virtual classroom

04 May 2015

Registration is open for a free online course that provides an introduction to monitoring climate change using satellite Earth observation.

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