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11.10.2018 13:14 Age: 2 yrs

CFOSAT: pre-launch workshop

Category: News of the CFOsat mission

A meeting of CFOSAT pre-launch was held on 8-10 October 2018, at Ifremer in Brest (France).

This workshop was co-organized by CNES, CNRS, LATMOS, LOPS and IUEM with a wide participation of about 60 scientists : Chinese-French scientific community and for the first time, a significant number of foreign scientists coming worldwide. They showed a keen interest in future data and their applications. This workshop is undoubtedly the beginning of the scientists CALVAL operations in preparation to future data exploitation.


The main topics of the workshop were on:

  • CFOSAT data processing methods,
  • preparation of the geophysical CAL/VAL (calibration/validation) activity,
  • combined use of SWIM and SCAT observations,
  • scientific studies based on CFOSAT products,
  • synergetic use of CFOSAT products and data from other missions and sensors,
  • data assimilation in numerical models, operational model validation,
  • links with future satellite missions.

CFOSAT is an innovative satellite mission, which will carry two radar instruments (SWIM and SCAT). It will be launched on October 29th, 2018. CFOSAT studies ocean surface winds and waves with a view to improving sea-state forecasts and gaining new insights into ocean-atmosphere interactions. Thanks to the new types of observations that it will provide (directional wave spectra), it will also be a key element to prepare future oceanographic satellite missions such as those devoted to surface current measurements.

CFOSAT is developed and will be exploited under a Chinese-French cooperation as agreed through the Chinese-French Memorendum of Understanding (MOU). More generally, a strong partnership with the international scientific community is wished to maximize the scientific return.

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