Will Ireland be next to France in the coming Earth Explorer Mission? [fr]
Congratulations to our colleagues of IFREMER (France) and University College Dublin (Ireland). They will contribute to one of the two projects preselected by the European Space Agency for Earth Explorer Mission 9. The project that will finally be selected among these two finalists is set to be launched in 2025.
Earth Explorer is a series of missions addressing critical issues in Earth science. Two projects, SKIM and FORUM, will be founded by the European Space Agency (ESA) to advance their work with the goal to be in the 9th Earth Explorer Mission due in 2025. Final projects have to be submitted in July 2019.
- Sea-surface Kinematics Multiscale monitoring (SKIM) aims to carry a novel wide-swath scanning multibeam radar altimeter to measure ocean-surface currents. Uniquely, it uses a Doppler technique, which offers more direct measurements than conventional satellite altimeters. The project is led by Fabrice Ardhuin from IFREMER (France). Professor Frédéric Dias will be in charge of the contributions of University College Dublin (Ireland) in this project that involves scientists on a European scale.
- Far-infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM) propose to measure radiation emitted from Earth across the entire far-infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Significantly, it would operate in the 15–100 micrometer range, which has never been done from space before.
We wish good luck to the teams associated with these two projects. We are looking forward to discovering the results of the final selection step though this first announcement is an independent recognition of the interest of the results already achieved coming with some significant funding to carry on their research work.
More information on the website of the European Space Agency
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