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GlobAlbedo

Global Land Surface Albedo from Satellite Data

The GlobAlbedo project is developing a broadband albedo map of the entire Earth's land surface, which is required for use in climate modelling and research. An initial group of eight users are working with the GlobAlbedo project team to define requirements and drive the project towards practical applications of the products. The final albedo products will include both black and white sky albedo over the entire globe with at least monthly frequency over the 1995-2010 time period, and including uncertainty estimates.

GlobAlbedo
Global Land Surface Albedo from Satellite Data
DUE (Data User Element)
Land
€1,000k
Service Demonstration
Completed
ENVISAT : AATSR
ERS-2 : ATSR-2
ENVISAT : MERIS
SPOT 4/5 : Vegetation
http://www.globalbedo.org" target="_blank">http://www.globalbedo.org

The objective of the GlobAlbedo project is to respond to the users' requirements for a long time series of global land surface albedo by performing the following activities:

1. Developing and delivering a multi-annual global albedo data set that has the potential to be sustained into the future using data from operational European satellites, such as the GMES Sentinels.

2. Validating and intercomparing the albedo product against ground based, airborne and other satellite based measurements.

3. Providing the global user community with free access to the albedo products.

4. Demonstrating the utility of the albedo product by performing a scientific study exploiting the data set produced.

With the aim of deriving independent estimates making the best use of operational
European satellites, GlobAlbedo sets out to create a 15 year time series by employing
ATSR-2, SPOT4- VEGETATION and SPOT5-VEGETATION2 as well as AATSR and
MERIS.  Albedo retrieval will use an optimal estimation approach, as well as a novel
system for gap-filling.

Final Report
University College London, Mullard Space Science Laboratory
UCL Geography
Brockmann Consult Gmbh
FUB
Swansea University
CNRM
ETH Zurich
UCL
CICERO
MPI-Met
QUEST
UKMO
CEH
Tom Kennedy
University College London
Dept of Space and Climate Physics
Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 2000
Email: tek@mssl.ucl.ac.uk
Simon Pinnock
European Space Agency (ESRIN)
Via Galileo Galilei, Casella Postale 64,
00044 Frascati (RM), Italia
Tel: 0039 06 941 80573
Fax: 0039 06 941 80552
Email: Simon.Pinnock@esa.int