Mission preparation in support of the upcoming OCO and GOSAT data.

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leicester
Department Name: Chemistry


The work to be undertaken by the University of Leicester EOS group as part of the C-cycle theme is detailed in section 3.10 of the NCEO original proposal. The work will be based on the experience in CO2 retrievals from SCIAMACHY and our involvement in the OCO retrieval development. The team at the Univ. Leicester will play a leading in the analysis, characterization, validation and interpretation of OCO and GOSAT data and thus provide critical information to the data assimilation groups.


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Description GOSAT allows observing the global carbon cycle from space with precision around 0.5% and bias much less than 1%.

GOSAT is well suited to test calculations from global transport models and to diagnose their deficiencies, eg for strong methane source areas

GOSAT data can improve the source/sink estimates using data assimilation methods
Exploitation Route Carbon Acounting Colloboration with Defra on GHG platforms and inventories
Sectors Environment

Description Monitoring Carbon Dioxide from space: instrument design, retrieval algorithm, Cal/Val and application 
Organisation Chinese Academy of Sciences
Country China 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ESA Dragon 3 project with researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science that aims at retrieval and data assimilation methods for the Chinese TanSat mission
Start Year 2012
Description Space Leasdership Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact View taken forward to ESA ministerial

Role of EO in UK Space Agency
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014