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First Call for ESA/GlobCurrent UCM, 7-9 March 2012, Brest (France)


Measurements of powerful, complex and highly variable surface and subsurface currents are fundamental to a large number of scientific and operational activities around the world.  Earth Observation provides a unique and increasing capability to measure and monitor ocean surface currents at a variety of resolutions and time scales.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is seeking to promote a wider use of ocean surface current measurements derived from all existing in situ and remote sensing sources including altimeters (ERS, ENVISAT and others), and SAR (ERS, ENVISAT and others), but also optical measurements (ENVISAT and others), sea surface temperature and salinity (SMOS and others) with future instruments including ESA Sentinels.  

An ESA User Consultation Meeting (UCM) is being held during 7-9 March 2012 at Ifremer, Brest (France)  to bring users and experts in the field of EO (calibration, validation, data merging, algorithm development) and service delivery together to present their detailed requirements for ocean surface current products and services. Conclusions and user-stated requirements from this meeting will be used to define the scope and develop guidelines for a potential ESA Data User Element (DUE, project "GlobCurrent" competitively funded by ESA. GlobCurrent will demonstrate the feasibility of a unified service for ocean surface currents linked to external user applications.

We are currently soliciting user papers and poster presentations for the UCM meeting.  Registration and abstract submission for the event is free and open: details can be found at

We hope that you will be able to attend the workshop and, through your user requirements for a new generation of ocean surface current measurements,  help define the scope of an ESA GlobCurrent project.  We would appreciate your help to circulate this information to people and projects that may have a potential interest in the ESA GlobCurrent initiative.

With best regards,

Craig Donlon, Olivier Arino and Bertrand Chapron