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SPIN: Call for Proposal is now open for competitive tender

6 June 2011

The Invitation To Tender (ITT) on the STSE, SPIN, Ref. AO 1-6762 in the ESA Invitations to Tender, was issued 6 June 2011 with a closing date of 12 September 2011.

The European Space Agency (ESA) hereby invites all interested companies from all eligible STSE participating countries to submit a tender for the SPIN procurement. If companies are not yet registered as an ESA bidder, they are invited to obtain access to EMITS by completing a questionnaire, which can be found at the indicated URL below.

This activity is jointly motivated by the growing importance of investigating ocean-atmosphere interface dynamics due to their capability of strongly affecting the Earth system and its climate, as well as by the increasing multi-mission observational capacity provided by ESA EO missions to observe and monitor ocean dynamics and the atmosphere. In this context, this activity aims at fostering the collaboration among the different scientific communities involved in marine studies, atmospheric research, modellers and EO scientists.

The generic project objective is twofold:
1) support the development of novel products and enhanced EO-based observations responding to the needs of the SOLAS community and
2) facilitate and advance in the integration of EO-base products into SOLAS processes studies and coupled ocean-atmosphere models.

The proposed activity is based on the scientific requirements expressed by the SOLAS community. In particular OceanFlux is dedicated to two three thematic areas to be implemented via separated contracts:
Theme 1 - Enhancing the observation and characterisation of sea spay and aerosol production;
Theme 2 - Improving the quantification of air-sea exchange of greenhouse gases;
Theme 3 - Feasibility study on the potential of EO to characterise the role of up-welling processes as sources and/or sinks of greenhouse gases.


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