Recently completed projects

ESA-STSE CryoSat GLITter Project

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Description    The GLITter (Grounding Line Ice Thickness) project is an international collaboration between five institutions and is supported by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Support To Science Element (STSE).  GLITter provided new and improved estimates of ice sheet Grounding Line Location (GLL), Grounding Line Ice Thickness (GLIT), and Ice Mass Flux (IMF) by exploiting data from CryoSat-2, while establishing a solid scientific basis for the development of novel retrieval methods and prototype products.

Partners         ENVEO, ESA, BAS, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, UCL

CPOM role     Lead scientist, project management, scientific support and lead for grounding line data product.

Start date       2013

End date        2015

Outcomes      Delivered requirements baseline document, data set user manual, algorithm theoretical basis document, product validation document and products themselves, impact assessment report and scientific road map. Submitted one grounding line paper for peer review. ESA agreed all work in project was successfully completed and closed project.

URL                http://www.stse-glitter.org/glitter_aims.html

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Antarctic Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Scoping Study

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Description   

Partners         UCL, BAS, Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, ENVEO, Technical University of Denmark, Technical University of Munich, Science and Technology Norway, DLR, ESA

CPOM role     Science leader, project management, work package leader for 2 out of the 4 deliverables

Start date       2013

End date        2014

Outcomes      Delivered a user requirement document detailing scientific community needs for EO datasets in Antarctica, data access and requirements document, system specification document and product specification document.

URL                http://www.cci.esa.int

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Greenland Ice Sheet Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Phase 1

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Description   The CCI Ice Sheets project aims to maximize the impact of ESA satellite data on climate research by analysing data from missions such as ERS, Envisat, CryoSat, GRACE and the Sentinel satellites.  The project produced data on following parameters: surface elevation change; ice velocity; calving front location, grounding line location and gravimetry mass balance.

CPOM role      Project scientist and work package leader. Lead for the surface elevation change product.

Start date        2011

End date         2015

Outcomes       User requirement document, data access and requirements document, product specification document, algorithm theoretical basis document, product validation report, systems development report, system specification document, system validation report, error characterisation report, detailed processing module, input output definition document, product validation plan, 4 EO datasets over Greenland.    Outreach deliverables include yearly newsletters, data visualisation animations.

URL                 http://www.cci.esa.int

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ESA-STSE CryoSat Cryotop

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Description    CryoTop is part of ESA’s Support to Science Element (STSE). The Glacier and Ice Sheet Margin Topography (CryoTop) project provided new and improved measurements of topography in regions which are typically hard to measure, such as high mountain glaciers and ice sheet margins, by exploiting data from CryoSat-2.  The project delivered important new scientific results while establishing a solid scientific basis for the development of novel retrieval methods and prototype products.

Partners         UCL, University of Edinburgh, isardSAT

CPOM role     Science lead, provision of CryoSat L1b data and scientific support.

Start date       2013

End date        2015

Outcomes      Provision of new and improved measurements of topography in regions which are typically hard to measure, such as high mountain glaciers and ice sheet margins, by exploiting data from the CryoSat-2 (CS2) mission. Delivered requirements baseline document, data set user manual, algorithm theoretical basis document, product validation document and products themselves, impact assessment report and scientific road map. Two papers are being prepared for submission. ESA agreed all work in project was successfully completed and closed project.

URL                http://www.stse-cryotop.org/

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NOAA Arctic Gravity Models

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Description   

Partners        National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

CPOM role    Proposal and completion of project on Arctic gravity models using airborne data from NASA & NRL.

Start date      2014

End date       2014

Outcomes     Project produced findings on the real-world performance of global gravity models in the Arctic which will be applicable to e.g. oceanographers. NOAA is keen to continue work in this area in the future, producing a regional set of high resolution gravity data in the Arctic by combining multiple data sources.

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