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Further metrology for earth observation and climate

Short Name: MetEOC-3, Project Number: 16ENV03
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A satellite in orbit around Earth

Further improvements to measurements from remote climate sensors will provide reliable data for policy makers

The full extent of the impact of climate change on society and the most effective strategies to mitigate it remain uncertain. A key limitation is the performance of forecast models and the quality of the data that drives them. Remote sensing from space is the major means of obtaining climate data on a global scale, but the challenging conditions faced during launch and in space severely limit the accuracy of measurements made there.


This project has used results from EMRP projects ENV04 Met-EOC1 and ENV53 Met-EOC2 to improve pre- and post-launch calibration and validation of remote climate sensors, by improving the usability of standards in space and ground-based test sites. The project has also established a method for assigning quality metrics to climate data. This will further improve the reliability of evidence concerning the scale and timescale of climate change for policy makers, and provide essential support to mitigation and adaptation strategies that ensure a sustainable environment and quality of life for European citizens.


EMPIR project 19ENV07 MetEOC-4 builds on this work.

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Other Participants
Bergische Universitaet Wuppertal (Germany)
Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Germany)
JRC - Joint Research Centre - European Commission (European Commission)
Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany)
Maanmittauslaitos (Finland)
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO (Netherlands)
Rayference SPRL (Belgium)
Science and Technology Facilities Council (United Kingdom)
Tartu Ulikool (Estonia)
The University of Reading (United Kingdom)
Universitaet Zuerich (Switzerland)