Atlantic Ocean deserts

With the AMT4SentinelFRM validation in full swing, Gavin Tilstone, from Plymouth Marine Laboratory, offers some insight into ocean biology. The objective of cruise is to validate ocean data from the fleet of Europe’s Sentinel-1, -2 and -3...

Oceans of change

The measurements we make on the ship only give us a snapshot to aid our understanding of Atlantic Ocean dynamics. The Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross receives satellite images from the Copernicus programme each day. The...

Deep blue

On this vast deep blue slab of ocean, we have not seen any wildlife for days and it would appear on the surface that there is nothing out here except occasional white horses looming ferociously around the...

Cruise to check on Sentinels in full swing

On Thursday 22 September, the James Clark Ross refuelled in Portsmouth ahead of its mammoth journey to Stanley, the Falkland Islands and beyond, to the Sub-Antarctic Islands and to Rothera on the Antarctic Peninsula. As the ship...

Atlantic cruise ready to check on Sentinels

On 20 September 2016 the British Antarctic Survey ship, the Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross, sets sail on a voyage that will traverse almost 13 000 km starting in Immingham, UK, and ending in Stanley, the...

Checking on Sentinel-1 from Poland

I recently took part in one of the Instytut Geodezji i Kartografii’s monthly field campaigns in the Biebrza national park, Poland, in support of the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission. Led by Katarzyna Dabrowska-Zielinska and Jan Musial, the campaign...

Sentinel-3 takes scientists to Black Sea

Along with a group of European scientists I am currently on the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences’ research vessel out in Black Sea on a major oceanographic ‘bio-optical’ expedition. The purpose of this three-week expedition is to take...

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SEN2CORAL: Summing up

French scientist Antoine Collin has recently been in French Polynesia on a six-day field campaign to test and validate the capabilities of the Sentinel-2 satellite to monitor coral bleaching. While the field work may now be over,...

Sen2Coral: Goodbye Fatu Huku

Antoine Collin returned to Hiva Oa yesterday after spending 5 days on a field campaign around the South Pacific island of Fatu Huku to test and validate the capabilities of the Sentinel-2 satellite to monitor coral bleaching....

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Sen2Coral: Hiva Oa, French Polynesia

French scientist Antoine Collin is testing and validating the capabilities of the Sentinel-2 satellite to monitor coral bleaching – a result of the current El Niño weather event underway. He sent us this video message from the island...

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Sen2Coral: In the South Pacific

French scientist Antoine Collin has spent 25 hours travelling from Paris to Tahiti in the first leg of the Sen2Coral mission. The field campaign aims to test and validate the capabilities of the Sentinel-2 satellite to monitor...

GWEX: Up in the waves

On 25 January the GLORIA instrument took the first ever tomographic dataset to infer the 3D temperature structure of a mesoscale gravity wave. This, however, does not only depend on having a novel instrument and the presence...

PolarGAP: culture shock

Just over two weeks ago I was writing this blog hunched up in a mountain tent, having not washed for a week, and with the company of just 7 other people. Now as I write I am...