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The Royal Research Ship ocean cruise to validate Sentinel satellites data

Sentinel Satellites

On 20 September 2016 the British Antarctic Survey ship, the Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross, set its 13 000 km sail starting in Immingham, UK, and ending in Stanley, the Falklands to validate ocean data from the fleet of Europe’s Sentinel-1, -2 and -3 satellites as they orbit above the Atlantic Ocean.


Scientists from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the University of Southampton are working with radiometers and radar systems on the ship to acquire continuous ‘fiducial reference measurements’ to validate the Copernicus satellites.


Each day the ship stops at 04:00, 10:00 and 13:00 to send an array of instruments towards the deep abyss, to profile the water column and to send data back to the ship’s computer about the health and state of these waters. The measurements at sea are independent Fiducial Reference Measurements for verifying the quality of the satellite data.


The scientists on the Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross share their experiences and progress from the ocean expediton on the ESA blog regularly.




(Source European Space Agency)

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