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Annoucement for 3rd GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting - 21-23 March 2017, ESA/ESRIN Frascati (Italy)

We are pleased to invite you at the 3rd GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting which will be held at ESRIN on 21, 22 and 23 March 2017. This User Consultation Meeting offers an overview of the project progress and an opportunity to influence the future development through evaluation of preliminary products, clarification of user requirements and discussion of how the system will develop. Details on registration and preliminary agenda will be published later.

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Satellite and in-situ observations, combined with high resolution numerical ocean models, have brought advances in the knowledge of global ocean surface dynamics.  Characterised by a  large number of  mesoscale (~100 km) and sub-mesoscale (<~10 km) meandering surface currents and eddies, the challenge is to accurately quantify the surface current associated with these features. Multi-variable observations from past and presently operating remote sensing satellite sensors, including altimeters, gradiometers, scatterometers, SAR, IR and passive microwave radiometers and spectrometers provide information on various aspects of the ocean surface currents.

The ESA-funded GlobCurrent project has worked steadily to provide a synergistic combination of these multiple sensing technologies and their differing depth dependency together with a range of processing methods and tools. This final User Consultation Meeting will demonstrate and review GlobCurrent data sets, tools and validation activities. Case Studies using Globcurrent outputs will be highlighted.  The meeting is open to International scientists, Industry and Institutions having an interest in Ocean Surface Current measurements from space, and will include a mix of plenary presentations, breakout groups and training activities focused on new products and services developed by the GlobCurrent Project.  The outcomes of the meeting will be used to prioritise potential future activities to further improve estimates of  ocean surface current from Earth Observation synergy.


Schedule and Deadlines

The registration is open: please register and submit your abstract(s) at:

Abstracts Open: as soon as you can

Abstracts Close:  24th Feb
Preliminary Programme: March 1st 2017
Final Programme: at Conference
Registration Deadline: March 10th 2017


Program Outline

Tuesday 21st
09:00-09:30 Registration
09:30-10:00 Welcome, logistics, meeting Aims and Objectives
10:00-13:30 Session 1: Review of GlobCurrent achievements and data sets
Lunch at ESRIN
14:00-18:00 Session 2: User applications of GlobCurrent data in specific case Studies
Welcome cocktail at ESA/ESRIN
Wednesday 22nd
09:00-10:00 Keynote speaker 1
10:00-13:30 Session 3: User applications of ocean currents from space
Lunch at ESRIN
14:00-15:00 Keynote speaker 2
15:00-16:00 Session 4: Demonstration of GlobCurrent tools and data set contents 
16:00-18:30 Session 5: New opportunities to derive ocean currents from space
Non-hosted dinner in Frascati
Thursday 23rd
09:00-10:00 Keynote speaker 3
1000-1100 The Medspiration extension contract (an example of the way forward)
with focus on:

- The development of Medspiration to a validated pre-operational demonstration service.
- Medspiration as a model demonstrating how elements of the project was transitioned to full operations

11:00-13:00 Session 6: Discussion of priorities for future activities for better ocean surface currents from space
13:00-14:00  Conclusions and Meeting Close


Practical details

A list of hotels to use for the meeting (book early!) list can be found at