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Strengthening the Use of EO in Global Modelling

In the last decades, with the launch of satellites such as Europe's Envisat and MSG, a wealth of new types of observations have become available. The ability to retrieve many new physical and chemical properties of the earth system from these satellites has been proven through intensive validation campaigns. However, for the majority of practical and scientific applications of EO, retrievals from individual instruments are inadequate by themselves.  Most applications, whether scientific, policy-driven governmental or commercial, benefit from a synthesis of all available data, both satellite and ground-based, into a quality-controlled, spatially and temporally uniform, computer model of the real world.

Project References
 Name GlobModel
 Title Strengthening the Use of EO in Global Modelling
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Glob-series
 Cost €250k
 Type Feasibility Study
 Status Completed (15/11/2006 - 23/06/2008)
Project Description
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The objective of the GlobModel project was to determine how to strengthen the operational and research use of EO by the Earth System Modelling user community, in order to fully exploit current and future European investments in earth observation infrastructure. GlobModel consisted of two main activities: a Study and a Demonstration. The Study provided an analysis of the existing and potential use of EO in earth-system modelling, and proposed a strategy with recommendations to ESA for achieving a greater use of EO. The Demonstration provided an illustration of the issues raised in the Study, focussing on the assimilation of SCIAMACHY and OMI data for stratospheric ozone and tropospheric air quality applications.

 Results Final Report
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor Meteorology at Univ Reading : Department of Meteorology, University of Reading
 Subcontractors Assimila : Assimila Ltd
KNMI : Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
RIU-UKOELN : Rhenish Institute of Environmental Research at the University of Cologne
User Partnership
 Users ECMWF : European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting
Contact Points
 Project Manager Dr P Jonathan Styles
Assimila Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0)7900 918818
 Technical Officer Simon Pinnock
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei
I-00044 Frascati (RM)
Tel: +39 06-941.80573
Fax: +39 06 941.80552
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