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The GlobVapour project has been successfully ended on the 31st March 2012.



Retrieved TCWV from MERIS VIS/NIR




Project Manager:

Dr. Marc Schröder (DWD)


Technical Officer:

Dr. Bojan R. Bojkov (ESA)

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Dr. Marc Schröder (DWD)


The project is being funded by the European Space Agency (ESA).


Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)

The Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), which was founded in 1952, is as National Meteorological Service of the Federal Republic of Germany responsible for providing services for the protection of life and property in the form of weather and climate information. This is the core task of the DWD and includes the meteorological safeguarding of aviation and marine shipping and the warning of meteorological events that could endanger public safety and order. The DWD, however, also has other important tasks such as the provision of services to the Federation, the Länder, and the institutions administering justice, as well as the fulfilment of international commitments entered into by the Federal Republic of Germany. The DWD thus co-ordinates the meteorological interests of Germany on a national level in close agreement with the Federal Government and represents the Government in intergovernmental and international organisations as, for example the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Currently DWD has a total staff of about 2300 employees at more than 130 locations all over Germany. DWD’s spectrum of activity is very wide and comprises of:

  • Weather observation and forecasting around the clock
  • Climate Monitoring at local, regional and global scale
  • Advice and information
  • National and international co-operation
  • Research and development

The DWD has the leading role in this project. It is responsible for the project coordination.
The DWD is collecting all deliverables and documents on project progress and reports directly to ESA.


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Freie Universität Berlin (FUB)

The Institut für Weltraumwissenschaften at the Freie Universität Berlin is responsible for the retrieval scheme development, processor implementation and validation for MERIS and AATSR.

The merging of MERIS and SSM/I data will be performed in collaboration with the DWD team.


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Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

The Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt is responsible of the product development for GOME/SCIAMACHY/GOME-2, validation and processing.


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The Met Office based at Exeter in the UK is one of the leading meteorological services in the world. It supports a large number of customers in Public Services, Civil Aviation, Defence, Industry and Commerce. A wide range of weather information is provided on a range of scales, from site specific storm surge forecasts to global upper wind data for commercial aviation. The Office is also a world leading organisation in Numerical Weather Prediction and Climate and Climate Change, and is involved in many collaborative research activities and projects. There is a continuing commitment from the Office to developing, promoting and delivering customer driven services in the natural environment, and in working more closely with customers to improve their decision making and risk management through better understanding of weather and the natural environment. Throughout all of these activities the Office provides underpinning research expertise to support the development of numerical weather prediction and climate prediction models to respond to new requests from government and environmental agencies.
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Met Office will use the GlobVapour products in climate model evaluation, comparison of model-to-instrument vs. instrument-to-model approach in climate model evaluation.


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Brockmann Consult (BC)

Brockmann Consult is a private company offering scientific consultancy and environmental informatics services.
These services include, among others, software development for database systems, data processors, visual analysis tools, geographic information systems and web-based user interfaces.

One of the most successful activities of Brockmann Consult the company is developing the BEAM Earth Observation data processing and analysis software on behalf of ESA. BEAM is a collection of tools for visualisation, interpretation, conversion and processing of optical and radar EO data.
This is complemented by the MERCI EO Cataloguing and Archiving Software, currently in use by ESA and several institutional customers all over Europe.


Brockmann Consult is responsible for the development of processing environment and integration of scientific processors.


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The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI)

The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) is a governmental institution responsible for serving the meteorological needs of society for Denmark, Faeroe Islands, and Greenland. This entails monitoring of weather, climate, and environmental conditions in the atmosphere, on land and at sea. The Research Department is responsible for applied research and development, including the development of the DMI weather forecasting systems, and fundamental research on the stratosphere and upper atmosphere. DMI is also responsible for the high-level processing, validation and dissemination of GPS occultation data from the MetOp satellite. The Danish Climate Centre, hosted by DMI, is performing cutting-edge climate research and climate monitoring.


The remote sensing group in the Research Department of DMI has developed skills and facilities through engagement in various satellite programs and other studies. The research on remote sensing has since 1995 placed DMI in a leading position within the field of microwave radio occultations. DMI is today the leading entity of the GRAS Satellite Application Facility (SAF), which is a decentralised part of the EUMETSAT operational ground segment for the MetOp satellite. The GRAS SAF is responsible for deriving, disseminating, and archiving geophysical parameters (temperature, pressure, and humidity profiles) from the GRAS radio occultation measurements on MetOp.


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Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie (MPI)

The Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie (MPI-C) is responsible for the product development of water vapour retrievals for GOME-1, SCIAMACHY and GOME-2.


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National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA)

NOAA will participate in the IASI retrieval assessment.



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