CryoSat Third User Workshop
ESA’s Earth Explorer CryoSat mission, whose rebuilt spacecraft, Cryosat-2, was launched on 8 April 2010, is dedicated to precise monitoring of the changes in the thickness of marine ice floating in the polar oceans and variations in the thickness of the ice sheets overlying Greenland and Antarctica, as well as continental glaciers. Following a successful commissioning phase and after nearly one and half years of operations, new and greatly improved CryoSat processors (i.e. baseline B) were installed in February 2012, followed by the start of the reprocessing campaign. This activity will be completed in spring 2013.
Since the start of operations, the mission has been providing systematic data to the scientific community supported by validation and calibration activities to ensure high data quality. The first results were presented at main international conferences, at which great interest from the marine and gravity scientific community was confirmed.
This workshop is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss all topics related to the exploitation of the CryoSat mission and to identity novel scientific challenges.
The specific objectives of the workshop are:
- To inform users about mission performance, product status and data access with an outlook to future improvements
- To review the major scientific results and consolidate the roadmap to achieving the primary mission objectives before the end of the first three years of operations
- To review novel scientific applications and identify opportunities of exploiting CryoSat data beyond its primary objectives
- To present and discuss the latest calibration and validation results
- To identify synergies and potential use of data and products with other Missions (e.g. Envisat, GOCE, Sentinel-3, etc.)
- To review the synergies with national and international programmes from other space, research and development, and operational Agencies
- To review the current tools available to PIs including documentation, processing and training