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The SCatterometer InstRument Competence Centre, SCIRoCCo, has been established by the European Space Agency in support of the activities of the Sensor Performance and Product Assessment and Algorithm section (EOP-GMQ) for the ERS-2 Scatterometer mission Phase-F.

The SCIRoCCo Project has been kicked-off on 24/06/2014 for a duration of two years. The final project review was held in ESRIN on 31 January 2017.

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The Scatterometer Instrument Competence Centre (SCIRoCCo) is a project established by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2014 as an interdisciplinary cooperation of international scatterometry experts aimed at promoting the continuing exploitation of ESA's unique 20 years' worth of ERS Scatterometer data (ESCAT) at medium (25Km, 50 Km) spatial resolution, and improving the quality of available and future scatterometry data. SCIRoCCo aims at consolidating current methodologies for Scatterometer data processing and calibration. SCIRoCCo provides ERS-1/ERS-2 sensors inter-calibration, sensor characterization and data validation. Data analysis and processing software, academic and technical publications in support of calibration and many diverse applications and research in Land (e.g. Soil Moisture), Oceanography (Ocean Winds, Sea, Ice), Climatology are also provided through the web portal, which also serves as the entry point to SCIRoCCo's educational network, funded through Grants and aimed at fostering the next-generation scatterometry experts. SCIRoCCo thus targets the needs of meteorological agencies, meteorological operations centers and the broader Researchers' and Users' communities for consistent and high quality Scatterometer data processing.


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The SCIRoCCo Project (Scatterometer Instrument Competence Centre) is a collaborative effort of the following institutions under contract of the European Space Agency (ESA):
  • The Royal Military Academy of Belgium (RMA),
  • The Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI)
  • The Technische Universit√§t Wien (TUWien) 
  • The European Centre for Medium Weather Forecast (ECMWF)

SERCO Sp.A is the Prime industrial Contractor and is responsible for the overall Project management and coordination. 

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Dr. Raffaele Crapolicchio
Serco SpA
Via Sciadonna 24-26
00044 Frascati, Italy
Dr. Philippe Goryl
Largo Galileo Galilei 1
00044 Frascati, Italy


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