Data Assimilation Projects Overview

In 2012 the European Space Agency (ESA) awarded the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) contracts to the value of €3M to advance data assimilation methods.

The work has now been completed and was carried out in the context of ESA’s Climate Change Initiative and overseen by ESA’s Climate Office.

The projects have:

- Paved the way for significant uptake of CCI outputs

- Laid foundations for new and enhanced CCI products

- Enabled a strategic investment in a new global reanalysis system which will underpin future climate services.



Publications from the ESA DA Projects


The work produced during the ESA-DA prjects has been recorded in numerous academic publications, directly advancing the field of Data Assimilation. Publications published up to the 1st of February 2015:   Edinburgh Fraser, A., Palmer, P. I., Feng, L., Bösch, H., Parker, R., Dlugokencky, E. J., Krummel, P. B., and Langenfelds, R. L: Estimating regional fluxes of CO2 and...

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Report from MicroSnow workshop


By Melody Sandells The MicroSnow workshop was co-funded by the ESA-DA project and held in August 2014 at the University of Reading   The MicroSnow workshop addressed the representation of snow microstructure in microwave radiative transfer theory. Quantification of snow microstructure is incredibly important for remote sensing snow mass measurements, as the scattering of microwave radiation is very sensitive to the size of the...

Report on Correlated Observation Errors Workshop


By Joanne Waller From Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th April the University of Reading hosted a hugely successful ESA-DA workshop on correlated errors in data assimilation. The workshop aimed to provoke discussion on both how observation error correlation matrices can be estimated and approximated and what methods would be necessary for efficiently implementing correlated observation errors in data assimilation systems. The workshop...

Report from Land Data Assimilation Workshop


by Emily Lines (UCL), We are delighted to report the success on the success of the ESA-DA workshop on data assimilation for land surface process models, which took place at the end of March at UCL. We ran a hands-on workshop to bring together students and researchers working with land surface models in order to expose them to different methods of data assimilation and discuss issues around dealing with computational challenges,...

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NCEO Young Scientist Conference 10/11 March 2014 University of Leeds


By Richard Pope The 2014 NCEO Young Scientist conference, hosted by the University of Leeds, brought together PhD students and early career Post-docs from across the UK, all working on NCEO projects. The aim of the conference was to bring together these young scientists to discuss and explore the wide range, potential and application of Earth Observation (EO) datasets. These include monitoring the retreat of glaciers, the detection of...

Edinburgh Update - What is driving observed changes in atmospheric CO2?


By Paul Palmer, Liang Feng and Annamarie Fraser One of our tasks at the University of Edinburgh is to explore how we can efficiently exploit existing space-borne atmospheric measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2) to inform science and policy on CO2 fluxes. Atmospheric concentrations of CO2, a potent greenhouse gas, continue to rise steadily (approximately 2 ppm/year). We can infer from our understanding of emissions and existing in situ...

Report from AGU 2013


By Chris Wilson (Leeds) Along with more than 22,000 other participants, members of the ESA DA project team headed to San Francisco in December in order to attend the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. With over 7,000 oral presentations and more than 15,000 posters presentations over the course of five days, this gave the attendees opportunities to learn of cutting-edge scientific research directly from the groups...

Pre-registration for the MICROSNOW workshop is now open.


Workshop Date: 6th-8th August 2014 Pre-registration Form Registration window: 14th April - 31st May 2014 Spaces limited. The Microstructure in Snow Microwave Radiative Transfer workshop aims to develop understanding on how snow microstructure information should be used in radiative transfer theory. Developments in snow microwave models and the implications for snow remote sensing will be discussed. This international workshop will...