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Thales Alenia Space begins instrument integration for Europe’s first CO2 monitoring satellite


Thales Alenia Space begins instrument integration for Europe’s first CO2 monitoring satellite

MicroCarb, a joint British-French satellite dedicated to monitoring atmospheric carbon dioxide globally, has arrived in the UK for the integration of its instrumentation.

A mission between the UK Space Agency and the French space agency CNES, MicroCarb will be the first European satellite dedicated to measuring atmospheric CO2  across the world.

Thales Alenia Space, the joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has completed the assembly, integration and testing (AIT) of the MicroCarb satellite platform, and is now ready to begin the integration of the dispersive spectrometer delivered to the UK, bringing this important climate mission a step closer to launch in early 2024.

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VIDEO: Meteopress demonstrates its C-band solid-state weather radar


VIDEO: Meteopress demonstrates its C-band solid-state weather radar

Meteopress conducted a live demonstration of its C-band solid-state weather radar with a 3m antenna at this year’s Meteorological Technology World Expo 2022 in Paris, France.

According to Michal Najman, CEO and founder of Meteopress, all of the radar components have been located within the box on the back of the reflector helping to create its compact design.

Practical advantages of this solution include flexibility of the radar operation, the compactness of the system, low power needs and ultra-low maintenance needs. The flexibility of operation comes from the software-defined signal processing unit. The pulses can vary from scan to scan, enabling operators to fine-tune the pulses to the target, length, elevation and status of the atmosphere.

Continue reading VIDEO: Meteopress demonstrates its C-band solid-state weather radar at Meteorological Technology International.


India’s Oceansat-3 transmits first images from polar orbit


India’s Oceansat-3 transmits first images from polar orbit

India’s third-generation satellite for monitoring oceans – Earth Observation Satellite-6 (EOS-6), also known as Oceansat-3, has begun transmitting its first images of Earth after reaching orbit.

Launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in partnership with Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) on November 26, 2022, the ocean observing mission is a follow up to OceanSat-1 (IRS-P4) and OceanSat-2 launched in 1999 and 2009, respectively. The satellite was launched aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on its 56th flight (24th flight of the PSLV-XL version) along with several other small commercial satellites (CubeSats).

Oceansat-3 was placed in polar orbit at around 740km above sea level.

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KIT researcher awarded grant to improve subseasonal forecasts at reduced computational power


KIT researcher awarded grant to improve subseasonal forecasts at reduced computational power

A scientist from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany has received a grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to support a project aimed at improving subseasonal weather forecasts while reducing computational requirements, saving energy and costs.

The Advancing Subseasonal PredIctions at Reduced computational Effort (ASPIRE) project will receive up to €1.5m (US$1.6m) in funding annually for up to five years.

KIT meteorologist Dr Julian Quinting utilizes recurring signals in the tropical Pacific that have an important influence on atmospheric circulation in Europe. Additionally, he develops machine learning models to imitate the effects of a high resolution.

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EUMETSAT to explore development of new weather and climate satellite systems


EUMETSAT to explore development of new weather and climate satellite systems

Europe’s meteorological satellite agency EUMETSAT has secured funding to explore the expansion of its low-Earth-orbiting fleet with new, complementary satellite systems.

Meeting in Darmstadt, Germany, the EUMETSAT Council authorized a €26.8m (US$28.2m) investment over the next three years in the preparatory phase of new satellite systems designed to significantly improve weather forecasting accuracy.

The funding will allow engineering activities to continue on the EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) – Aeolus and EPS-Sterna missions, which would measure winds and atmospheric temperature and humidity respectively. The work will pave the way for the council’s decision, by mid-2025, whether to proceed with the two programs.

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Next-generation disaster losses tracking system to be delivered in 2023


Next-generation disaster losses tracking system to be delivered in 2023

Three UN agencies have committed to developing a new and improved system for tracking the impact of climate-related disasters as part of a global loss and damage fund to aid developing countries. The fund was one of the major outcomes from COP27 in Egypt.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) committed to a consultative process which will see the new system in place next year with a prototype ready for testing by April 2023.

Animesh Kumar, head of the UNDRR Bonn Office, said, “There is a critical need to develop a next-generation hazardous events and disaster losses and damages tracking system building on existing systems such as DesInventar which has been in place since 1994.

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Singapore’s met service partners with BoM to improve nowcasting capabilities


Singapore’s met service partners with BoM to improve nowcasting capabilities

Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) and Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) have signed a strategic relationship arrangement (SRA) for a multi-year collaboration program on weather and climate research in the Maritime Continent – the tropical region between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, including the archipelagos of Indonesia, Borneo and the Philippines. The project will have a particular focus on the impact in Singapore and the wider Southeast Asian and Indo-Pacific regions.

Under the SRA, the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS), under NEA and BoM, will undertake research in areas such as very-short-range weather forecasting for the next 1-2 hours (nowcasting) using advanced weather radar data, seasonal prediction and the analysis of regional climate projections data.

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Nazca acquires majority stake in met-ocean specialist Eolos


Nazca acquires majority stake in met-ocean specialist Eolos

Spanish investment firm Nazca Capital has acquired a majority stake in Eolos Floating Lidar Solutions (Eolos), a provider of met-ocean data for the offshore wind industry. It has also committed to invest €12m (US$12.6m) to accelerate Eolos’s growth plan in the coming years.

Eolos specializes in the collection and commercialization of met-ocean data (meteorological, environmental and marine) for the offshore wind industry, measured through proprietary floating platforms equipped with lidar technology to measure wind characteristics, as well as other advanced sensors for the characterization of ocean currents, waves, water quality, marine fauna and birds.

The data is critical for the design, construction and operation of offshore wind farms and is accurately measured during campaigns of 12 to 24 months, then processed and transferred to Eolos clients, which are first-level global private developers (Iberdrola, Equinor, Orsted) and other institutions.

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