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OPERATIONAL ASSIMILATION OF SPACE-BORNE RADAR AND LIDAR CLOUD PROFILE OBSERVATIONS FOR NUMERICAL WEATHER PREDICTION

on 18 March 2015

ESA Open Invitation To Tender  AO8208
Open Date: 18/03/2015
Closing Date: 29/04/2015

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 14.197.29
Prog. Ref.: General Studies
Budget Ref.: E/0600-00 - General Studies
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+RO+PL+CDN
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: System, Software & Technology Department
Division: Future Prep. & Strategic Studies Off.
Contract Officer: Almeida, Rudolfo
Last Update Date: 18/03/2015
Update Reason: Tender issue

The objective of the activity is the development of an operational data assimilation system for space-borne lidar and radar observations of cloud profiles and precipitation. Specifically, the development of assimilation input data handling and pre-processing, including data monitoring, development and testing of assimilation system functionality, experimentation and required development and adaptations of the 4D-VAR assimilation system shall be done. Feasibility shall be demonstrated with CloudSat and CALIPSO data. EarthCARE mission specific aspects shall be implemented so that EarthCARE lidar and radar assimilation will be fully prepared prior to the mission launch.

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