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    2. Forecasting weather and understanding climate with CFOSat

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      October 29, 2018

      CFOSat (China-France Oceanography Satellite) was launched today, Monday 29 October, into low Earth orbit. This first joint mission with China is set to deliver data for weather forecasting and long-term climate research. Thierry Amiot, principal investigator for the satellite’s SWIM instrument at CNES, and Lotfi Aouf, a research scientist at the French national weather service Meteo-France, explain.

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    3. IASI to acquire new data for weather forecasting

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      May 31, 2006

      Europe’s weather forecasting system is set to benefit soon from a new series of spacecraft, with the 1st of the MetOp satellites set for launch on 17 July. Its payload includes IASI1, an instrument developed by CNES that will acquire highly accurate vertical profiles of the atmosphere for the 1st time.

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    4. IASI signals a change in weather forecasting

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      April 12, 2006

      This July, a Soyuz launcher will orbit the 1st of 3 European MetOp1 weather satellites. MetOp-A will be carrying the IASI2 instrument developed by CNES in partnership with Eumetsat3 to bring meteorologists new atmospheric measurements of unmatched quality. The satellite is now preparing to leave EADS Astrium’s facility in Toulouse, France, for its launch site.

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    5. MyOcean – Ocean weather bulletins made in Europe

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      April 28, 2009

      Mercator Ocean and the Midi-Pyrenees regional council recently launched the 1st European ocean monitoring and forecasting system that will provide a free service to give European citizens everywhere sea-state information at all times.

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    6. Charting and forecasting ocean conditions

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      June 3, 2008

      Satellite altimetry is the only space-based technology capable of penetrating below the ocean surface. This capability will benefit a broad range of ocean forecasting applications, now and in the future.

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    7. European MetOp-SG weather satellites: CNES and Eumetsat sign agreement on new-generation IASI-NG instruments

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      December 7, 2015

      Today at CNES’s Head Office in Paris, the agency’s President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Alain Ratier, Director General of Eumetsat, signed a cooperation agreement to develop a new generation of Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometers (IASI-NG) to be flown starting in 2021 on the three MetOp-SG A weather satellites of Eumetsat’s Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG).

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    8. Jason-2: watching sea level and weather

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      April 30, 2004

      Satellites monitor sea level, wave height, wind speed and current movements from space. Like its predecessors, Jason-2 will obtain all these data from altimeter range measurements.

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    9. Fukushima- Forecasting radiation dispersal at sea

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      April 29, 2011

      In the wake of the nuclear accident at Fukushima in Japan, the SIROCCO research group in Toulouse, overseen by CNES, has been simulating the dispersal of contamination at sea using imagery from the Jason and Envisat satellites.

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    12. 2009: cloudy weather on Titan

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      • Sciences et techniques

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      June 3, 2009

      Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon, is the only body in the Solar System -apart from Earth- to have a thick atmosphere. Nonetheless, the Cassini probe discovered clouds in it. These atypical clouds, made of droplets of methane and ethane, are closely studied by “transplanetary meteorologists” who try to unravel the mystery behind their formation and their spatial distribution

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    13. Robusta-3A

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      June 3, 2021

      Collecting data from ships to forecast Cevenol episodes

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    16. IASI INSTRUMENTS OBSERVE EFFECTS OF HEALTH CRISIS ON ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION

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      May 6, 2020

      The IASI (Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer) mission led by CNES in partnership with Eumetsat relies on three weather satellites in low Earth orbit: MetOp-A, launched in October 2006, MetOp-B in September 2012 and MetOp-C in November 2018. Each of these satellites is carrying a IASI instrument installed by CNES and built by Thales Alenia Space. Data from the three instruments support weather forecasting and are helping to monitor Earth’s environment and climate.

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    19. Theia reveals annual mountain snow cover

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      March 19, 2021

      After developing single-date images of snow cover, the partners of the Theia land surfaces data centre are now generating the first satellite maps providing a synoptic picture of annual snow cover in the Alps and Pyrenees.

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