ACCESS is an European Project supported within the Ocean of Tomorrow call of the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme. Its main objective is to assess climatic change impacts on marine transportation (including tourism), fisheries, marine mammals and the extraction of oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean. ACCESS is also focusing on Arctic governance and strategic policy options.
This is an ESA funded project to improve land surface data assimlilation of Earth Observations.
This EC/FP6 research project is an integrated ice-atmosphere-ocean monitoring and forecasting system designed for observing, understanding and quantifying climate changes in the Arctic. DAMOCLES is specifically concerned with the potential for a significantly reduced sea ice cover, and the impacts this might have on the environment and on human activities, both regionally and globally.
The carbon cycle is central to the Earth system, being inextricably coupled with climate, the water cycle, nutrient cycles and the production of biomass by photosynthesis on land and in the oceans. CarbonFlux will contribute to the efforts of the Global Carbon Project (GCP) by exploring and quantifying the incremental value of Earth observation products of the biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere on the quality of global scale biophysical and biogeochemical models through multiple constraint assimilation studies. Particular emphasize shall be put on a better understanding of the links and feedbacks of the carbon and hydrologic cycles. The Earth observation products to be considered shall be fAPAr or LAI, soil moisture and total column CO2.
The economic and safe running of the northern sea routes as well as the transport of raw materials and the supply of Arctic ports with goods during months with light ice conditions requires a reliable and detailed spatial as well as temporally prediction of ice to optimize route guidance.
The key objective of this project is the use of Earth Observations in a state-of-the-art Carbon Cycle Data Assimilation System (CCDAS), in order to constrain the quantitative formulation of the processes regulating the terrestrial uptake of carbon.
The aim of this project is quantifying the benefit of A-scope data for reducing uncertainties in current and future terrestrial carbon uptake.
The aim of the WACMOS project is to develop and validate novel and improved multi-mission based products to enhance currently available global water datasets maximizing the use of ESA data.
The WACMOS-ET project aims to advance the development of land evaporation estimates at global and regional scales. Its main objective is the derivation, validation and inter-comparison of a group of existing evaporation retrieval algorithms driven by a common forcing data set.
THOR will establish an operational system that will monitor and forecast the development of the North Atlantic THC on decadal time scales, and access its stability, and the risk of a breakdown in a changing climate. Together with pre-existing data sets, ongoing observations within the project will allow precise quantitative monitoring of the Atlantic THC and its sources. For the first time, this will allow an assessment of the strength of the Atlantic THC and of its sources in a consistent manner, and it will provide early identification of any systematic changes in the THC that might occur.