Projects and Products

ATSR Projects

Space ConneXions leads several projects related to the Along-Track Scanning Radiometer instrument series. Some of the documents produced by these contracts are publically available for download from the documents page.

We are currently managing a team deploying shipborne radiometers to provide fiducial reference measurements (FRM) of Sea Surface Temperature, which are used to validate measurements from satellites, including the Copernicus Sentinel-3 instrument, the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR), the follow-on instrument to the ATSR series. Our role in this project is described on the "ships4SST" website.

Climate Change

Space ConneXions UK acted as project manager for the Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Climate Change Initiative (CCI) project, which was led by the University of Reading. The SST CCI project used ATSR data and AVHRR data to produce the most accurate time series of SST data to date. More information on the current phase of the project, which is adding SLSTR data to the time series, can be found on the ESA SST Climate Change Initiative Project webpage.

Space ConneXions Ireland is now leading our work on Copernicus climate change projects, including the technical support for the management of ECMWF's Essential Climate Variable (ECV) contracts, which are providing data for the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) Climate Data Store.

Satellite Carbon Missions

Space ConneXions UK provided project management support to the Bilateral Carbon Mission study led by the University of Leicester, which assessed possible UK contributions to the French-led MicroCarb satellite project. Following the completion of the study, Space ConneXions led the development of a business plan to justify a UK contribution to MicroCarb and supported UK Space Agency negotiations with CNES, which led to the signing of a UK-France bilateral agreement at the French Residency in London on 19 April 2017.

Currently, SCL UK is providing project management and technical support to the University of Edinburgh who are leading a team developing the concept for an advanced methane monitoring instrument, the Near Infrared Multispectral Camera for Atmospheric Methane (NIMCAM).