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CLIMSCAT

Climate monitoring and carbon flux estimation based on Scatterometer calculated soil moisture

Soil moisture monitoring for climate research and meteorological purposes

 
Project References
 Name CLIMSCAT
 Title Climate monitoring and carbon flux estimation based on Scatterometer calculated soil moisture
 Programme DUP (Data User Programme)
 Theme Atmosphere
Land
 Cost €90k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (13/03/2002-13/03/2003)
 Sensors ERS-1/2 : Wind Scatterometer
 
Project Description
 Objectives

Soil moisture information is an important parameter in numerical weather prediction and climate modelling, e.g. as used in modelling greenhouse gas emission effects. Soil moisture in these analyses is often not measured directly but assimilated from other (meteorological) sources in the absence of better information. Soil moisture information measured by the ERS and  METOP scatterometers (SCAT and ASCAT) is a potentially attractive and useful alternative.

The objectives of the CLIMSCAT project were threefold:

  • Define the user requirements for meteorological and climate research user communities for soil moisture monitoring products that can be derived from the ERS-scatterometer;
  • Demonstrate the usefulness of scatterometer based soil moisture monitoring in climate research and carbon dioxide fluxes models;
  • Design the service capable delivering the required soil moisture information products to the user community of meteorologists and climate researchers.

The project helped NEO establish its DRYMON (Drought Monitoring and Yield Forecasting) service.

 
 Results Project final report
Project flyer
 
 
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor NEO : NEO Netherlands Geomatics & Earth Observation B.V.
 Subcontractors KUL - SADL : Spatial Applications Division - Catholic University of Leuven R&D
 
User Partnership
 Users KNMI : Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
 
Contact Points
 Project Manager Rob Beck, Company director
NEO Netherlands Geomatics & Earth Observation B.V.
Postbus 2176
NL-3800 CD Amersfoort
NETHERLANDS
Tel: + 31 (0)33-463.74.33
Fax: + 31 (0)33-463.74.40
Email: rob.beck@neo.nl
 Technical Officer Espen Volden
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
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I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
ITALY
Tel: +39 06-941.80624
Fax: +39 06-942.80552
Email: espen.volden@esa.int
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