Satellite Eye for Galathea 3

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Description

A Living Atlas showing the highly dynamical processes in the marine, atmospheric and coastal environment along the route of the Galathea 3 expedition ship.
The project is supported by Egmont Fonden with approximately 3.9 mio. DKK over twoyears from 2006 to 2008.
Goal
The goal of the project ‘Satellite Eye for Galathea 3’ is to contribute with a Living Atlas based on satellite images recorded along the sailing track for Galathea 3. The highly dynamical processes in the marine, atmospheric and coastal environment will be quantified from satellite images and published - in a professionally-based way and in near-real-time - to scientists, students, pupils, the public and to the crew on-board the Galathea 3.
It is a technological challenge to download, archive and distribute the immense amount of data. It is at the same time compelling to order the high-resolution images from the European satellite Envisat’s many instruments well in advance. In agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA), we have in this project secured an agreement with Eduspace/ESA, such that we ensure an optimal use of Envisat in relationship with Galathea 3 as from other satellites.
Eduspace will publish web-based teaching on satellites and Galathea 3 from upper secondary schools. Galathea 3 is a sailing laboratory with instruments on-board that observes a long list of similar parameters as the satellites observe. It is a unique option of international quality to compare and combine the different parameter values. Some will be investigated within this project, others in parallel projects. A close cooperation with scientists from other projects is being established, such that an optimal collection of satellite images will be achieved.
The fantastic development in Earth Observation from satellites is one of the greatest technological advances since Galathea 1 and 2. It is seen as very important to optimized the collection, archiving and publishing these satellite images for the future generations.
Risø National Laboratory, Wind Energy Department Charlotte Bay Hasager (coordinator), Merete Bruun Christiansen, Ioanna Karagali
DRC-DTU Leif Toudal Pedersen, Ole Balthazar Andersen
DMI Jacob L. Høyer, Peter Viskum Jørgensen
Niels Bohr Insitute at University of Copenhagen Niels Kristian Højerslev, Rune Midjord Nielsen
Institute of Geography at University of Copenhagen Michael Schultz Rasmussen
Eduspace Peter Brøgger Sørensen
ESA consultant Jürg Lichtenegger
See http://www.satelliteeye.dk
The educational material and satellite data have later been moved to www.virtuelgalathea3.dk (vg3.dk)
Satellite data see also http://galathea.dtu.dk/index_e.html (DTU Space)
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date01/03/200628/02/2009

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