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CryoSat, the first of the ESA 'Earth Explorer' missions, is designed to measure fluctuations in Earth's land and marine ice fields, and is expected to provide new information on the changes in Arctic sea ice, the margins of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, and smaller ice caps around the globe. In the past year, integration testing has provided detailed payload and platform performances, and the level 1 and 2 data processor design have been finalised. The mission is now approaching its launch in 2005. ESA organised the first CryoSat User Workshop at ESRIN (Italy) on the 8th, 9th and 10th of March 2005.



The workshop was open to all scientists with an interest in the CryoSat mission and its data products. The workshop aimed to provide new and familiar users of the mission with a detailed understanding of the mission status and projected performance at launch, and provide the first presentation to users of the processing algorithms. In addition, 'practice' validation experiments took place in 2003 and 2004 over Arctic ice sheets and sea ice, providing important experience for the conduct of the post-launch validation experiments. The workshop reviewed these results, and provided a view of validation activities planned from 2005 to 2007 by ESA and national agencies. It provided an opportunity for new users to coordinate their activities with the existing plans. The acquisition of SAR, SARIn and LRM modes data were finalised following the CryoSat Data AO, and the data will have uses in oceanography, geodesy and land hydrology in addition to the cryospheric applications, and the workshop also discussed these applications.


The workshop provided a forum for presenting progress in the development of

  • The satellite, payload and operations
  • Level 1 and 2 data processing and products
  • Calibration and Validation
  • Exploitation of CryoSat data in cryospheric, oceanographic, geodesy and hydrology
  • Novel uses of the CryoSat SAR and SARIn modes


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