Projects at ICARE

The products and services offered by the ICARE Data and Services Center are developed in the framework of various projects listed in the page. Projects belong to 3 different categories:
  • ICARE is the scientific ground segment of several satellite missions (PARASOL, CALIPSO, and Megha-Tropiques)
  • ICARE participates to several collaborative national and european institutional projects
  • ICARE provides specific assistance to individual users through a permanent call for projects (French only)

Satellite scientific ground segments
logo PARASOL Mission: PARASOL
ICARE documentation: http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/parasol
Project home page: http://smsc.cnes.fr/PARASOL

Documentation in progress
logo CALIPSO Mission: CALIPSO
ICARE documentation: http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/calipso
Project home page at CNES: http://smsc.cnes.fr/CALIPSO
Project home page at NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/calipso/main/index.html
Project home page at NASA/LaRC: http://www-calipso.larc.nasa.gov/

Documentation in progress
logo MT Mission: Megha-Tropiques
ICARE documentation: http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/mt
Project home page at CNES: http://smsc.cnes.fr/MEGHAT
Project home page at ISRO: http://www.isro.org/satellites/megha-tropiques.aspx
French mission group home page: http://meghatropiques.ipsl.polytechnique.fr

Documentation in progress

European Projects
logo CCI
Name: ESA CCI Aerosol
Short description: Climate Change Initiative (Aerosol)
Evaluation of existing satellite aerosol products using reference ground-based observations and intercomparison of the satellite products in order to ascertain the products overall quality and suggest improvements. The objective is to propose suitable aerosol products and an adequate production system to generate Essential Climate Variables (ECV).
Coordinating partner: DLR/FMI
Participants: ICARE, DLR, FMI, UO, RAL, SU, UB, LOA, KNMI, BIRA, HYGEOS, FUB, PSI, NILU, MPI, MetNo
Duration: 2011-2013
Funding: ESA CCI
ICARE's contribution: Distribution of PARASOL (LOA) and MERIS ALAMO (HYGEOS) aerosol products. Other services to the CCI partners: data center for all CCI Aerosol, development of tools to facilitate products visualization, intercomparison and sampling around validation sites. Archive and distribution of official CCI Aerosol product (AATSR/ATSR2)
ICARE documentation: http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/cci
Project home page: http://www.esa-cci.org
Geographic coverage: Global scale
Time coverage:1997-2012
Scientific area: Climate Change
Logo MACC
Name: MACC-II
Short description: Monitoring atmospheric composition and climate - Second phase
MACC-II is the current pre-operational GMES Atmosphere Service and provides continuity and refinement of the atmospheric services provided by MACC. MACC-II provides data records and forecasts of atmospheric constituents.
Coordinating partner: ECMWF
Participants: MACC-II is a consortium of 36 members
Duration: October 2011 - July 2014
Funding: EU FP7
Data types: Satellite, in-situ, ground-based data of greenhouse and reactive gases, aerosols, ozone, UV radiation, solar energy
ICARE's contribution: Collect and process (when applicable) satellite aerosol data (SEVIRI, CALIOP), archive and distribution. Adapt aerosol product to fit MACC requirement for assimilation in global atmospheric composition models.
ICARE documentation: http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/macc
Project home page: http://www.gmes-atmosphere.eu
Geographic coverage: Global and Europe
Time coverage: Sept. 2009 to present
Scientific area: Operational forecasting of European air quality, global atmospheric composition, climate forcing
Logo MACC
Name: MACC
Short description: Monitoring atmospheric composition and climate
MACC is the pilot core GMES/Copernicus Atmospheric Service. The atmospheric services provided by MACC include data records and forecasts of atmospheric constituents in preparation for GMES/Copernicus.
Coordinating partner: ECMWF
Participants: MACC is a consortium of 45 partners
Duration: June 2009 - December 2011
ICARE's contribution: Archive and distribute SEVIRI aerosol products processed at ICARE, and adapt format to MACC requirements for global assimilation.
ICARE documentation: http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/macc
Project home page: http://www.gmes-atmosphere.eu
Time coverage: Sept. 2009 to present
Geographic coverage: SEVIRI coverage (Europe, Africa and the Atlantic Ocean)
Scientific area: Operational forecasting of European air quality, global atmospheric composition, climate forcing
ACTRIS logo Name: ACTRIS
Short description: Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network
ACTRIS aims at integrating European ground-based stations collecting observations of aerosols, clouds, and short-lived gas-phase species and at providing long-term data records
Coordinating partner: CNR-IMAA/CNRS-LGGE/CNRS-LaMP
Participants: A consortium of 28 european partners
Associated networks or projects: Encompasses the ORAURE observation networks, and EUSAAR, EARLINET, CLOUDNET, and a new trace gas network component
Duration: April 2011 - March 2015
Funding: European Union's 7th Framework Programme (EU FP7)
ICARE's contribution: Collect ground-based and in-situ observations of aerosols data from French ACTRIS partners and act as the interface with the ACTRIS Data Center. Develop softwares to facilitate data access, data use and combination with satellite observations.
Project home page: http://www.actris.net
Geographic coverage: Europe
Scientific area: Ground-based observations of aerosols, clouds, and trace gases

French National and Regional Projects
ORAURE Name: ORAURE
Short description: French observing networks on aerosols / French aerosol observation networks for Environmental Research
The SOERE ORAURE aims at pooling and standardize French observations on aerosols from in-situ, ground or space networks, carried out by several universities, INSU or CNES institutions.
Coordinating partner: LOA (CNRS/Lille1)
Participants: ICARE, LOA, IPSL/SIRTA, LA, LaCy, LaMP, LATMOS/IPSL, LGGE, LMD/IPSL, LSCE/IPSL, EMD, OPE
Associated networks: ACTRIS (EUSAAR and EARLINET), AERONET, EMEP, GAW, NDAAC Duration: May 2011 - May 2015
ICARE's contribution: Ground-based and in-situ atmospheric data collection, implementation and standardization of the data processing, synergy with satellite data
Project home page: http://oraure.univ-lille1.fr
Scientific area: Aerosols characterization from ground-based, in-situ and satellite aerosol observations
ROSEA Name: ROSEA
ICARE documentation: http://rosea.univ-lille1.fr/

Documentation in progress
logo Name: ChArMEx
Short description: Chemistry-Aerosol Mediterranean Experiment
The objective of the ChArMEx project is to provide a scientific assessment of the present and future state of the atmospheric environment in the Mediterranean Basin, and of its impacts on the regional climate.
Coordinating partner: CEA/LSCE/LISA
Participants: 30 French laboratories and bilateral actions with 9 Mediterranean countries
Duration: 2010-2014
Funding: INSU, ADEME, CEA, CNES, Météo-France, several Universities and bilateral projects
ICARE's contribution: SEVIRI data collection, processing into aerosol products, archive and distribution. Interface the ICARE online archive with the MISTRALS gateway. Development of tools and production of statistics and time series of SEVIRI aerosol products and TRMM precipitation products
Project home page: http://charmex.lsce.ipsl.fr
Geographic coverage: the Mediterranean
Scientific area: Monitoring the atmosphere gaseous reactive species and aerosols in the Mediterranean - Satellite, ground-based, ans in-situ measurements od aerosols
logo Name: Equipex IAOOS
Short description: Ice Atmosphere, Artic Ocean Observing System
IAOOS main objectives are to deploy and maintain an integrated system collecting observations (ocean, sea-ice, snow, atmosphere) in the Arctic in real time.
Coordinating partner: UMPC (LOCEAN/LATMOS)
Participants: ICARE, CNRS/INSU, IPEV, NKE, CIMEL
Duration: February 2011 - December 2019
ICARE's contribution: Ground-based atmospheric data collection, processing, archive and distribution
Project home page: http://www.iaoos-equipex.upmc.fr
Geographic coverage: the Arctic
Scientific area: Monitoring climate change in the Arctic using buoy-based measurements of the ocean, the atmosphere, and the ice sheet

Support to various Research Projects
DARDAR Name: DARDAR
Short description: The objective of the DARDAR ( raDAR/liDAR ) project is to retrieve cloud properties by combining the CloudSat radar and the CALIPSO lidar measurements. The released products include a multi-sensor extractions colocated with the RADAR footprints, a CALIPSO/CLOUDSAT combined vertical categorisation mask, and cloud variables retrieved from RADAR/LIDAR measurements
ICARE documentation: http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/projects/dardar
SODA Name: SODA
Short description: Synergized Optical Depth of Aerosols
The objective is to retrieve the aerosols optical depth over the ocean based on a combination of CALIPSO's CALIOP, CLOUDSAT's CPR and AMSRE measurements. The product suite includes the optical depth at the CALIPSO/CALIOP 333m native horizontal resolution, a 5km-averaged optical depth provided with a thin-cloud/aerosol separation, and a Level-3 2.5-degree monthly mean product
ICARE documentation: http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/projects/soda
AEROSEVIRI Name: AEROSEVIRI
Short description: The purpose of the AEROSEVIRI project is to provide the scientific community with an estimate of optical thickness of aerosols over sea and their Angstrom coefficient (related to the particle size distribution), retrieved from SEVIRI on MSG (Meteosat Second Generation) measurements.
ICARE documentation: http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/projects/seviri-aerosols
AIRS-LMD Name: AIRS-LMD
Short description: Cloud properties and cloud classification products.
The AIRS-LMD product is a global climatology of cloud properties using AIRS observations from 2003 to 2009. It contributes to the GEWEX cloud assessment.
Coordinating partner: IPSL/LMD
Participants: IPSL/LMD, ICARE
Start date:
ICARE's contribution: Level-2 AIRS-LMD cloud data collection, data format convertion, archive and distribution
Project home page:
Geographic coverage: Global scale
Time coverage: 2003 - 2009
Scientific area: Cloud characterization from satellite observations (AIRS)
CALXTRACT Name: CALXTRACT
Short description: Multisensor subsetting along the CALIPSO substrack
ICARE documentation: http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/projects/calxtract
SYNTHECLOUD Name: SYNTHECLOUD
Short description: Monthly syntheses of various cloud variables
ICARE documentation: http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/projects/synthecloud

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