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
The release 5 of the GOCE space wise grids at ground level and at satellite height have been made available on the GOCE Virtual Online Archive. The updated grids can be accessed via the archive under 'GOCE Gravity Models'.
07 February 2017
The detailed programme for the Fourth Swarm Science Meeting and the Geodetic Missions Workshop can now be consulted online.
24 November 2016
The Fourth Swarm Science Meeting and the accompanying Geodetic Missions Workshop are organised at the Park Lodge Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada from 20 to 24 March 2017. This is a reminder for all users interested in participating to the event that the deadline for abstract submission - 04 December 2016 - is approaching fast.
Latest Mission Results News
04 October 2017
ESA is offering over 100 opportunities for industry, start-ups and scientific institutions to develop innovative ideas that bring Earth observation science closer to society.
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.
04 May 2015
Registration is open for a free online course that provides an introduction to monitoring climate change using satellite Earth observation.
16 April 2015
Going far above and beyond its original mission objectives, results from the GOCE gravity satellite are now being used to produce maps for geothermal energy development.
Proceedings and Presentations:
GOCE L1b QC
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