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ESA Open Invitation to Tender: 1-11448
Open Date: 11/08/2022 15:47 CEST
Closing Date: 19/10/2022 13:00 CEST

The Copernicus Space Component (CSC) includes today a series of seven space missions called 'Sentinels', which are being developed by ESA specifically for COPERNICUS, the European Union's Earth observation programme previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring forEnvironment and Security).While the deployment of the first generation of Sentinels is approaching its completion, the intense use and increased awareness for the potential of Copernicus have generated great expectations for an evolved Copernicus system ("CSC Expansion" programme). The six Expansion Missions are: CHIME - Copernicus Hyperspectral Imaging Mission CIMR - Copernicus Imaging Microwave RadiometersCO2M - Copernicus Anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide Mission CRISTAL - Copernicus Polar Ice and Snow Topography Altimeter LSTM -Land Surface Temperature Monitoring ROSE-L - L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar.The CRISTAL Mission, will provide enhanced retrieval of land ice sheet/glacier elevation, sea ice thickness and freeboard and ocean surface elevation, wave-height and wind speed bymeasurements implementing higher spatial resolution and performance. The primary objectives are to monitor critical climate signals: ice sheet, ice cap melting and sea level, as well as to monitor variability of Arctic and Southern Ocean sea ice and its snow loading. Other objectives are to support applications related to coastal and inland waters and contribute to the observation of ocean surface topography. CRISTAL is planned to adopt a thematic approach for the Level-2 products so that thematic Ground Processor Prototypes (GPP) will be designed and implemented in order to be tailored to the specific applications. In particular, three main thematicdomains have been identified: sea ice (including icebergs), land ice and inland water.CRISTAL LEVel-2 procEssor prototype and RD (CLEV2ER) for sea ice and icebergs, subject of this Intended Request for Proposal, intends to provide the development, maintenance and evolutions of the Level-2 data product, Processing Algorithms and associated GPP for the CRISTAL mission in the sea ice and icebergs domains. Moreover, the activity scope covers Research and Development (RD) tasks to address open science priorities from dual-band altimetry and for optimizing or consolidating innovative Level-2 processing approaches to be implemented in the Level-2 GPP.

Directorate: Directorate of EO Programmes
Estabilishment: ESRIN
ECOS Required: No
Classified: No
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Authorised Contact Person: Anais Gaudry
Initiating Service: EOP-GMQ
IP Measure: N/A
Prog. Reference: E/E320-01 - G/S Development
Tender Type: Open Competition
Technology Keywords: 2-E-II-Applications and Services
Products Keywords: 4-A-4-Other

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