GAF continues to provide ocean colour data to ESA operationally

GAF, the exclusive supplier in Europe of optical Indian Remote Sensing data from several missions, continues the operational provision of ocean colour data from the Ocean Colour Monitor aboard the Indian Oceansat-2 in near real time to ESA to further promote scientific research and applications.

ESA and GAF agreed the continuation of the data acquisition from the Ocean Colour Monitor (OCM) aboard the Oceansat-2 Indian remote sensing (IRS) satellite until 31 Mar 2019. Part of the agreement is also an option to extend the operations up to 31 Mar 2020.

Since the start of the operational acquisitions on 1st January 2016, OCM data from all the satellite passes within the five degree visibility cone of the Neustrelitz ground station have been acquired, processed to create system corrected image products and geo-physical parameter products, and delivered to ESA in near real time (NRT) to subsequently further promote scientific research and applications. Thanks to the wide swath of the OCM, Europe and the surrounding waters are covered every two days.

Figure 1: Level 1C products of Oceansat-2 OCM data acquired on 8th and 9th April 2018. Includes material © Antrix, distributed by GAF AG.

After registration, the data can be accessed free of charge through ESA’s Third Party Missions dissemination service. See also ESA’s Earth Online.

GAF’s sub-contractor, the German Aerospace Agency (DLR), provides GAF with the satellite data reception service at its ground station in Neustrelitz.

The Oceansat-2 activities in Neustrelitz are funded by and carried out under the Earthnet programme and its Third Party Mission activities of the European Space Agency.

The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency.

 

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