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  1. MyOcean – Ocean weather bulletins made in Europe

    Date de publication:

    28 Avril 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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  2. Charting and forecasting ocean conditions

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    3 Juin 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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  3. Jason-2 takes to the air

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    7 Mai 2008

    Since 1992, altimetry satellites have significantly enhanced our knowledge of the world’s oceans. The Jason-2 satellite is all set to take over the ocean-observing mission of its predecessors Jason-1 and Topex/Poseidon. It recently arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in preparation for launch on 15 June.

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  4. CNES and Eumetsat sign Jason-2 agreement

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    24 Mai 2006

    Last month, Europe (CNES and Eumetsat) and the United States (Nasa and NOAA) signed a cooperation agreement on the Jason-2 programme. The European partners have now signed a new agreement on this ocean surface topography mission.

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  5. Topex/Poseidon takes its final curtain call

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    5 Janvier 2006

    The curtain has come down on the Topex/Poseidon satellite altimetry mission. After nearly 13 years in orbit studying ocean phenomena, the joint French-U.S. satellite has now handed over to its successor Jason-1. During its career, Topex/Poseidon acquired a huge volume of data and achieved a giant leap forward in satellite altimetry.

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  6. A leap forward for oceanography

    Date de publication:

    10 Juin 2008

    Over the last 15 years, altimetry satellites have been poring over the oceans in every detail, collecting more data in 10 days than could be gathered over several centuries by ships. This nascent revolution in oceanography promises to improve climate forecasting.

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  7. A ground station for Jason-2

    Date de publication:

    26 Septembre 2006

    The Jason-2 altimetry satellite will take over from Jason-1 in 2008, extending the continuous series of ocean measurements acquired starting in 1992 with Topex/Poseidon. Ground stations for Jason-2 are already being deployed. One of them, at Usingen, Germany, entered service on 28 September.

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  8. Radar altimetry: 15 years of progress

    Date de publication:

    23 Mars 2006

    The international symposium on “15 years of progress in radar altimetry”, organized by CNES and Esa, reviewed the key advances made possible by altimetry satellites. More than 500 scientists from 60 countries presented their results and turned their attention to future altimetry missions.

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  9. Jason-2: watching sea level and weather

    Date de publication:

    30 Avril 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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  10. Jason-2 all set for the off

    Date de publication:

    18 Juin 2008

    The Jason-2 oceanography satellite is now in the home straight and set for launch Friday 20 June. Before reaching final orbit, the satellite will go through a sequence of steps just after launch and during the beginning-of-life phase of its mission. Jason-2 teams are watching launch preparations advance in California with much relief after a series of setbacks over the last 2 weeks. First, successive delays in the launch of the GLAST satellite pushed back the departure of Jason-2, since the same ground teams were preparing both satellites; and then poor weather prevented the satellite from being mated with the launcher as planned.

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  11. New CNES website feature focuses on Space and Climate

    Date de publication:

    13 Octobre 2005

    What are the obstacles currently limiting our understanding of global warming? What can Earth observation satellites see that we don’t detect from the ground? Have space technologies given us new insights into the climate processes involved? To mark the launch of the Calipso climate research satellite to study Earth’s atmosphere, CNES is devoting a special multimedia feature to space and climate on its website—giving a new perspective on climate concerns from the high ground of space.

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  12. Space in Strasbourg

    Date de publication:

    7 Octobre 2008

    Strasbourg is the archetypal European city, making it the natural choice to host a large-scale space event during France’s turn at the helm of the EU presidency. This operation will be taking place in the city centre from 22 October to 5 November.

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  13. Monitoring and predicting epidemics with satellites

    Date de publication:

    23 Mars 2006

    Bird flu, Chikungunya fever, SRAS and West Nile Virus have all been in the news in recent weeks. They are a reminder that there are still many contagious diseases around the world, and that preventing their spread is difficult. Previously confined to the Intertropical Zone, these diseases are now coming closer to home. Since 1998, CNES has been lending its support to tele-epidemiology projects aimed at deploying monitoring and early-warning systems.

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  14. CLS- 20 years working for science and the environment

    Date de publication:

    15 Juin 2006

    Since 1986, CLS—a subsidiary of CNES and IFREMER—has been leveraging CNES’s expertise in processing transmitter signals received by satellites and working to safeguard the planet. Today, it is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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  15. Rosetta and Philae primed to uncover cometary secrets

    Date de publication:

    3 Mars 2005

    Rosetta and Philae will be swinging past our planet on Tuesday 13 November to gain a slingshot assist from Earth’s gravity that will put them on course to rendezvous with their target comet in 2014. At the end of September, the Scientific Operations and Navigation Centre at the Toulouse Space Centre took advantage of a slack period in the mission schedule preceding this flyby to check out the science experiments it will be controlling.

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  16. e-CORCE- a webcam for Earth

    Date de publication:

    22 Octobre 2008

    CNES has come up with an innovative satellite remote-sensing system capable of generating a high-resolution picture of Earth on the Web, refreshed every week. Four patents have already been filed for the concept, called e-CORCE.

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  17. Charter aids disaster-hit nations

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    24 Novembre 2008

    Founded in 2000 by CNES and ESA, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters regularly provides free satellite imagery to help nations organize emergency response efforts in the event of a natural disaster. For the next 6 months, CNES will be at the helm of this organization.

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  18. CNES supports environment expedition

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    4 Août 2009

    The French ecology ministry has tasked the schooner La Boudeuse, skippered by Patrice Franceschi, with a special environmental mission, supported by CNES. The expedition launches in August.

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  19. SAFIRE studies the atmosphere from the air

    Date de publication:

    12 Août 2009

    In 1947, the 1st airborne measurements began aiding scientists studying Earth’s atmosphere. Today, the SAFIRE joint research unit created in 2004 fulfils this data collection function.

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