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Global Land Surface Albedo from Satellite Data

The GlobAlbedo project is developing a broadband albedo map of the entire Earth's land surface, which is required for use in climate modelling and research. An initial group of eight users are working with the GlobAlbedo project team to define requirements and drive the project towards practical applications of the products. The final albedo products will include both black and white sky albedo over the entire globe with at least monthly frequency over the 1995-2010 time period, and including uncertainty estimates.

Project References
 Name GlobAlbedo
 Title Global Land Surface Albedo from Satellite Data
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Glob-series
 Cost €1,000k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status In progress (05/11/2009 - 04/11/2012)
ERS-2 : ATSR-2
SPOT 4/5 : Vegetation
Project Description
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The objective of the GlobAlbedo project is to respond to the users' requirements for a long time series of global land surface albedo by performing the following activities:

1. Developing and delivering a multi-annual global albedo data set that has the potential to be sustained into the future using data from operational European satellites, such as the GMES Sentinels.

2. Validating and intercomparing the albedo product against ground based, airborne and other satellite based measurements.

3. Providing the global user community with free access to the albedo products.

4. Demonstrating the utility of the albedo product by performing a scientific study exploiting the data set produced.

With the aim of deriving independent estimates making the best use of operational
European satellites, GlobAlbedo sets out to create a 15 year time series by employing
MERIS.  Albedo retrieval will use an optimal estimation approach, as well as a novel
system for gap-filling.

Project Consortium
 Prime contractor UCL-MSSL : University College London, Mullard Space Science Laboratory
 Subcontractors Brockmann Consult Gmbh : Brockmann Consult Gmbh, Germany
FUB : Free University of Berlin (FUB)
Swansea University : Swansea University
UCL Geography : University College London, Dept. Geography
User Partnership
 Users CEH : Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
CICERO : Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo
CNRM : National Centre for Meteorological Research, Meteo France
ETH Zurich : ETH Zurich
MPI-Met : Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
QUEST : Quantifying and Understanding the Earth System (QUEST), University of Bristol
UCL : University College London, Dept. Geography
UKMO : United Kingdom Met Office
Contact Points
 Project Manager Tom Kennedy
University College London
Dept of Space and Climate Physics
Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 2000
 Technical Officer Simon Pinnock
European Space Agency (ESRIN)
Via Galileo Galilei, Casella Postale 64,
00044 Frascati (RM), Italia
Tel: 0039 06 941 80573
Fax: 0039 06 941 80552
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