Author Archives: Honora

Flying for FORUM: a day in the life of a PhD student

Experiments are underway in the Outer Hebrides in the UK to support one of the candidate missions for ESA’s 9th Earth Explorer: Far infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM). If selected, FORUM will measure the outgoing...

CIMRex: It’s a wrap

The last flight for the CIMRex field campaign took place on 8 March in very cold but clear weather in Svalbard. During the last of the three flights the team made plenty of measurements of the sea...

CIMREX: Measuring from the air

Benefitting from the great weather in Svalbard last Thursday, the team working on the experiment for the Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer, CIMR, candidate mission were able to take to the skies for some serious measuring. The aim...

FIRMOS: A new view of water vapour and clouds

Two missions are currently vying to be ESA’s ninth Earth Explorer mission: the Far-infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM) concept and the Sea-surface Kinematics Multiscale monitoring (SKIM) concept. A selection will be made following a user...

CIMREX: twice flown despite the cold

The current CIMRex field campaign in the Arctic just shows how developing a new satellite doesn’t just involve scientists and engineers working out equations and doing experiments in the comfort of an office or cleanroom – it...

CIMREX: From Iceland to Svalbard

As part of the development phase of the Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer, CIMR, mission – one of six candidate missions for Copernicus – the experiment campaign in the Arctic continues as the team transfers from Iceland to...

CIMRex: Heading out to the Arctic for new mission conce...

The current suit of Copernicus Sentinel satellite missions provide a myriad of information that feeds into the Copernicus Services to help address challenges such as urbanisation, food security, rising sea levels, diminishing polar ice, natural disasters and,...

Measuring precipitation in the Arctic

Measuring precipitation remotely is still a challenge, but yet important to understand Earth processes. For example, snowfall is crucial for the water cycle and an important component of the climate system, particularly in high latitudes.  To shed new light...

Adrift for SKIM

With two concepts currently vying to be ESA’s ninth Earth Explorer mission, a field experiment is underway off the west coast of France to further develop one of the mission’s measuring techniques. The field campaign focuses on...

Traversing the Atlantic to measure flux

A group of scientists is again aboard the Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross voyaging the length of the Atlantic as part of an exciting new project to measure the flux of carbon dioxide (CO2) between the...

Validating Sentinel-3 in coastal zones

Validating satellite data for many missions is an ongoing task to ensure that the satellite data are accurate. This means taking measurements out in the field, either on land, at sea or from the air to compare...

FIDEX: flying over fires for Sentinel-3

Every year, on average, fires burn an area roughly the size of the European Union. These fires, and the damage they cause, can be monitored from space. The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission carries the Sea and Land Surface...

Reconstructing an ancient glacier

Earth scientists have been busy investigating the Himalayan Barun glacier, adjacent to Mount Makalu for ESA’s Climate Change Initiative. They form part of the 12-strong Makalu Climate Climb team, which is also supporting an attempt to summit...