Sentinel-6 A Spot

Recent developments in S6 Altimetry measurements

Online: 29 September 2022, 12:00 UTC

Sentinel-6 A Spot
Sentinel-6 A Spot

Webinar with Ben Loveday, Vinca Rosmorduc, Christine Traeger Chatterjee and Hayley Evers-King (EUMETSAT).

Last Updated

29 June 2022

Published on

16 May 2022

This short course takes place on 29 September at 12:00 UTC. It will focus on the new capabilities of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich altimeter and new data access routes to obtain its products.

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich altimetry satellite was launched on 21 November 2020. It is now fully operational and is the new altimetry reference mission, taking over from its predecessor, Jason-3.

During this event, we will revisit the concept of sea surface height, outlining why it is an essential variable to measure. We will discuss Sentinel-6 in the context of history and the family of altimetry satellites, detailing the novelties of this particular mission and commenting on future developments in the science.

We will also introduce the current data distribution methods and plans for the near future.

The event will feature presentations and code-based demonstrations of ways in which users may interact with the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich data.

Target audience

This course is aimed at scientists in the altimetry community, early career researchers, physical oceanographers, and marine professionals working in the coastal zone.

Expected outcomes

In this course you will learn:

  • The key concepts of 'sea (surface) height', why the height of the sea matters, and how sea surface height is measured from space.
  • The origin of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, its history and its important role as the altimetry reference mission.
  • What is new on this mission
  • How to access Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich data from EUMETSAT
  • What products are available, and how you can work with them.

How to participate

The webinar takes place online, via Zoom.

Register to join

During the webinar, we will be using Slido to answer your questions. Go to the event on (no log in required). The webinar will be recorded. After the session, the recording will be made available on the webinar training page.