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Title Earth Observation - Land Data Assimilation Scheme

Thematic Area Land Surface

Cost 300 - 400 K

Action Line Novel Algorithms and Products

Status Completed in 2010

Missions LANDSAT 5, SPOT 5, LANDSAT 7, Multi-Missions

Project Description


This activity aims to contribute to the improvement of our understanding of the Earth system and its processes by developing a generic Land Data Assimilation Scheme.

Phase 1 - Scheme development:

  • Assessment of previous approaches including an outline of their drawbacks (lessons learnt)
  • Analysis of suitability of existing Radiative Transfer Models (RTF) models
  • Development of an assimilation scheme (outlining different schemes and their analysis)
  • First impact analysis tailored towards the CEOS Land Surface Imaging (LSI) constellation concept
  • A generic land data assimilation scheme would have manifold benefits for the EO data exploitation and thus supports the expansion of EO user communities.

Project Consortium

Project Partners NCEO : National Centre for Earth Observation(Prime contractor)
U Jena : Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena(Subcontractor)
JRC : Joint Research Centre(Subcontractor)
FastOpt : FastOpt(Subcontractor)
SciSys : SciSys UK Ltd.(Subcontractor)

Contact Points

Project Manager Jon Styles
National Centre for Earth Observation
University of Reading
Whiteknights, PO Box 217,
READING, Berkshire, RG6 6AH,
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0) 118 966 0554

Technical Officer Michael Berger


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