New free-to-access datasets have been released on the European Space Agency’s Climate Change Initiative Open Data Portal (ESA CCI).

More than 20 new datasets are available, drawn from satellite data, to meet the need for consistent, climate-quality and long-term data records for the climate community.

The latest updates include:

A new CCI website is being launched and updates will be rolled out to the Open Data Portal, online climate from space visualisations and toolbox for analysis, and educational resources.

The CCI is a research programme dedicated to generating Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) from satellite data, realising the full potential of the long-term global Earth Observation archives that ESA has established over the last 30 years. It is run from the ESA Climate Office at the Harwell Space Cluster in Oxfordshire.

The ECVs, such as sea surface temperature, ozone and land surface temperature, support evidence-based decision-making and monitor our changing planet.

The CCI data can be accessed from the CCI data portal.

The UK has been a member of ESA and its predecessor organisations since the 1960s. ESA enables us to share costs and risks on missions that are of global interest; to access a vast pool of technical expertise and facilities enabling us to collaborate scientifically and technically with other countries, and to contribute and benefit from missions involving multinational partners.

As a member of the Space4Climate group, ESA’s updates and news on funding calls are shared at our regular group meetings. Read more from the June 2020 meeting.