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Published by EOWeb on Fri 31 of May 2019

CryoSat Ice Baseline-D data products now available

We are glad to inform CryoSat data users that the new Ice Baseline D processors are operational and associated products are now available on the Science Server.
 
The switch has been introduced starting from data validity 28 April 2019. As anticipated, the new products can be identified by the letter "D " in the version field. Data in NetCDF format can be identified by the data file extension, which is now .nc instead of .DBL.
 
Currently data is available on the Science Server in a continuous temporal sequence of the Baseline C data using the same directories. However as soon as Baseline D products are available from the reprocessing activity, all Baseline C data shall be moved to a separate directory.

 

Published by EOWeb on Tue 14 of May 2019

CryoSat Ocean Baseline C reprocessed data from 2012 available

We are glad to inform the CryoSat scientific community that the reprocessed CryoSat Ocean Baseline C data for all of 2012 has been published on the Science Server and is available for download.
 
The reprocessing activity is progressing and we are planning to publish batches of six months of data every 20 days. We will follow with another announcement when a full year is available.

Published by EOWeb on Thu 25 of Apr. 2019

CryoSat Ice Baseline-D data sample and updated documentation available

Following the successful CryoSat Quality Working Group Meeting held from 26 to 28 November 2018, the upcoming CryoSat Ice Baseline-D data products have been further refined.

The Baseline-D ice chain will be transferred to operation on 27 May 2019 and will include several evolutions as well as a new data format (NetCDF).

A sample dataset has been made available, in order to allow you to update tools and reading routines prior to the final official products release.

The Baseline-D test dataset covers 12 November 2013 and is available for:

  • Level 1 (SIR_LRM_1b, SIR_SAR_1b and SIR_SIN_1b)
  • Level 2 (SIR_LRM_2_, SIR_SAR_2_ and SIR_SIN_2_)


In addition, the final and consolidated version of the L1b and L2 product format specification, and Summary of evolution document are also available for download.

Published by EOWeb on Tue 16 of Apr. 2019

CryoSat Ocean Baseline C reprocessed data from 2011 available

We are glad to inform the CryoSat scientific community that the reprocessed CryoSat Ocean Baseline C data for all of 2011 has been published on the Science Server and is available for download.

The reprocessing activity is progressing and we are planning to publish batches of six months of data every 20 days. We will follow with another announcement when a full year is available.

Published by EOWeb on Tue 16 of Apr. 2019

New CryoSat Roll Campaign

A CryoSat roll campaign is scheduled on 25 April 2019, from 03:29:00 to 06:50:10 UTC and from 16:01:00 to 19:06:10 UTC. SIRAL instrument routine planning will be suspended and data gaps are possible. NRT users will be most affected.

This campaign is part of the periodic calibration activities to calibrate the interferometric baseline of CryoSat's altimeter and improve the quality of the mission products.

We will notify you when the data will be available and nominal operations are restored.

Published by EOWeb on Wed 20 of Mar. 2019

7th CryoSat Quality Working group Meeting - Final Report

The 7th CryoSat Quality Working Group (QWG) meeting was held at ESA/ESRIN from 26 - 28 November 2018. The QWG#7 was structured around 7 main sessions and involved 43 participants from different operational and research institutes including both CryoSat Expert Support Laboratory, QC and Cal/Val teams, altimetry experts and multi-thematic scientists.
 
The QWG#7 topics addressed both the data quality aspect of operational ice and ocean L1/L2 products, the results from Cal/Val Campaigns as well as the evolutions of core PDGS products and strategic implementation of future Cryo-TEMPO. The latest results about the CryoSat Ocean Processor Baseline-C and Ice Baseline-D Test Data Sets over the ice sheet and ice caps, Sea-Ice and Inland areas were also discussed.
 
These points and much more are addressed in the QWG#7 presentations and the Summary and Recommendation Report which is now available to download.

 

Published by EOWeb on Fri 01 of Mar. 2019

CryoSat Ocean Baseline C reprocessed data available

We are glad to inform the CryoSat scientific community that the first 6 months of the reprocessed CryoSat Ocean Baseline C data (July-December 2010) have been published on the Science Server and are available for download. 
 
The reprocessing activity is currently progressing and we are planning to publish batches of 6 months of data every 20 days. A web news shall be published when a full year is available.

Published by EOWeb on Wed 23 of Jan. 2019

US government shutdown effects on CryoSat geophysical corrections and parameters

The CryoSat users are informed that the US government shutdown currently on-going is affecting the services that are responsible for providing NOAA's input data products used in CryoSat ice and ocean processing chains.
 
The CryoSat L1b and L2 products with dates of validity starting on 21 December 2018 are therefore affected by this situation. As a consequence, the quality of CryoSat related geophysical corrections and derived parameters (e.g. sea ice concentration in ice products and GPD+ wet tropospheric correction in GOP) are potentially degraded.
 
Users will be informed at a later stage to what extent L1b/L2 parameters are directly or indirectly impacted and once the US services return to normal.

 

Published by EOWeb on Thu 20 of Dec 2018

7th CryoSat Quality Working Group Meeting - Presentations now online

After the successful 7th CryoSat Quality Working Group (QWG) meeting (which was held at ESA/ESRIN from 26 - 28 November 2018), all the presentations are now available to download.
Published by EOWeb on Fri 16 of Nov. 2018

7th CryoSat Quality Working Group Meeting

The 7th CryoSat Quality Working Group (QWG) meeting will take place from 26 to 28 November 2018 and will be hosted by the European Space Agency (ESA) at ESRIN in Frascati (Rome), Italy.

CryoSat QWG and validation experts will attend the meeting to present and discuss their latest results about the CryoSat Ocean Processor Baseline-C (e.g. FDM vs NOP) and Baseline-D Test Data Sets over the ice sheet and ice caps, Sea-Ice and Inland areas.

Download the agenda for the meeting to learn about the presentations.

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