Monitoring the marine environment and atmospheric composition
Sentinel-3 is a dedicated Copernicus satellite mission delivering a variety of high-quality ocean and atmosphere measurements.
20 November 2020
26 May 2020
The mission's main objective in support to the Marine Environment is to determine parameters such as sea-surface topography, sea-surface temperature and ocean-surface colour. It provides two day global coverage optical data (with two satellites), as well as altimetry measurements, for sea and land applications with real-time products delivered in less than three hours. The instruments also provide a view on the atmosphere, including information on air quality and fires. The satellites are operationally managed from the EUMETSAT Sentinel-3 Marine Centre.
Three instruments are used for the altimetry mission to measure sea surface heights.
Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer
SLSTR measures thermal radiation and uses a dual view technique.
Altimetry data is used to determine sea level height, wind speed and wave height.
Ocean colour services
Providing information on ocean living ecosystems, water quality and sediment dynamics.
The Sentinel-3 mission includes key optical instruments monitoring the composition of our atmosphere.
Sentinel-3 synergy cloud mask development
Developing a novel algorithm for the generation of an atmospheric obstruction mask for Sentinel-3.
Ocean Colour System Vicarious Calibration Tool
Developing a generic tool for generation of System Vicarious Calibration gains for Ocean Colour missions.
Statistical degradation model for optical sensors
This study investigated novel methods of calibration for the Copernicus Sentinel-3 OLCI and SLSTR instruments.
Evolution of a Bayesian Cloud Detection Scheme
Improving cloud detection in coastal regions for S3 SLSTR SST products.
AIRWAVE-SLSTR: an algorithm to retrieve TCWV from SLSTR measurements over water surfaces
Extending the (A)ATSR AIRWAVE Total Water Vapour Column (TWVC) algorithm to the Copernicus Sentinel-3 SLSTR instruments.
Michael Schaale and Thomas Schroeder
Dr Michael Schaale and Dr Thomas Schroeder have developed methods for using Sentinel-3 Ocean Colour data in complex coastal marine environments.
Our training activities prepare and support the user community to apply EUMETSAT data services and products, including Copernicus.