Joint Research Centre - European Commission

The European Commission's in-house science service
European Commission

Systematic Observations of Land and Ocean

Institute for environment and sustainability

Action: 24004

Acronym: SOLO



This Action will address these concerns by supporting the climate and space policies through the GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) and GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) processes. R&D activities will be conducted to take advantage of the data acquired by satellite sensors and generate, in collaboration with the Space Agencies, land and ocean climate as well as environmental products, including their time-dependent changes, in the context of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). Quality, reliability and accuracy of satellite products will be assessed through modelling, laboratory and in situ benchmarking activities; new algorithms will be developed to increase their relevance as physical parameters in climate studies and international networks supported to ensure global acceptability of products.

This Action will address the following broad objectives:

1. Generate and deliver products and services in support of policy making and other applications to specific customers such as the Directorates-General of the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, Space Agencies, as well as international organizations and the broader scientific community.

2. Carry out modelling, laboratory, field and research activities required to guarantee the quality, reliability and accuracy of these products and services, thereby contribute to the reduction in uncertainties required by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN-FCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol.

3. Conduct the scientific R&D necessary to formulate new or improved value-added products and services to address existing and emerging needs.

4. Undertake temporal and spatial analyses of the core Essential Climate Variables and value added products to fill gaps in the state-of-the-art knowledge of biogeochemical processes and climate variability.