27, July 2015

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8305
Open Date: 22/07/2015
Closing Date: 30/09/2015

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 15.155.05
Prog. Ref.: EOEP-4 Data User Ele
Budget Ref.: E/0096-E4 – EOEP-4 Data User Ele
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Establishment: ESRIN
Directorate: Directorate of EO Programmes
Department: Science, Appl & Future Technologies Dept
Division: Exploitation and Services Division
Contract Officer: Boisard, Nathalie
Last Update Date: 24/07/2015
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification(English version)

The GlobPermafrost project will develop, validate and implement information products to support research bodies, international programmes and private or public organisations in their work on understanding permafrost better by integration of EO data. Permafrost cannot be directly detected from space, but many surface features of permafrost terrains and typical periglacial landforms are observable with a variety of EO sensors ranging from very high to medium resolution in various wavelengths. Prototype cases will cover different aspects of permafrost by integrating in situ measurements of subsurface permafrost properties (active layer depth, active layer and permafrost temperatures, organic layer thickness, liquid water content in the active layer and permafrost), surface properties (vegetation cover, snow depth), liquid water content in the active layer and permafrost) and modelling to provide a better understanding of permafrost today. The techniques will extend point source process and permafrost monitoring to a broader spatial domain, to support permafrost distribution modelling and mapping techniques implemented in a GIS framework and will complement active layer and thermal observing networks with monitoring of active geological processes. Initial user requirements have been gathered at the DUE-IPA-GTNP-CliC workshop in Frascati in February 2014, which have been further consolidated within the Permafrost community during 2014. High on the agenda are baseline mapping of e.g. LST, snow and land surface and special mapping request for ¿cold spots¿ (with intense in-situ), “hot spots¿ (high dynamic areas) and mountain permafrost. For the assessment with user organisations of the potential and limitations of EO based information products the project will include different prototype cases in the Northern boreal zone, the Antarctic and in mountainous areas. The GlobPermafrost project objectives are to: – Define EO applications for permafrost monitoring based on user requirements – Integrate the latest EO technology with state of the art ground based measurements and models – Demonstrate and validate the products with the user organisations – Develop mid to long term scenarios for boreal and mountainous permafrost monitoring – Contribute to new scientific results in the domain of climate change, climate modelling and hydrological modelling

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