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Eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily February-March 2021

Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano located in Sicily, showed spectacular activity with lava spewing high above the top, lighting up the Sicilian sky 13 times between February 16, 2021 and March 15, 2021 at regular intervals. These exploding eruptions released ash and small rock fragments in the atmosphere, with thick ash plumes and long lava flows pouring down Etna’s flanks. (Source: NASA/Worldview). Read more

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The ICARE Thematic Center was created in 2003 by CNES, CNRS, the Nord-Pas-De-Calais Regional Council, and the University of Lille, to provide various services to support the research community in fields related to atmospheric research, such as aerosols, clouds, radiation, water cycle, and their interactions. ICARE’s initial emphasis is the production and distribution of remote sensing data derived from Earth observation missions from CNES, NASA, and EUMETSAT. One of ICARE’s main components is the Data and Services Center, located at the University of Lille, which develops science algorithms and production codes, building on the expertise from various partner Science Computing Facilities, and distributes products to the users community. ICARE is one of the 4 centers of AERIS, the French Data Infrastructure for Atmosphere created in 2014.
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Eruption of La Soufrière volcano in Saint-Vincent April 9, 2021

La Soufrière volcano in Saint-Vincent Island in the Antilles erupted April 9, 2021 at 12:45 UTC. That violent explosive eruption produced a huge ash plume that rose up to 19 km altitude. Thick ash fallout covered some areas of the island, forcing thousands of people to evacuate. The volcano kept discharging ash ininterruptedly until April […]

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AERIS partner in the C3IEL mission

As part of the future C3IEL space mission, the CNES has chosen to entrust AERIS with the operation of the French part of the data processing and distribution centre. C3IEL (Cluster for Cloud Evolution, ClimatE and Lightning) is a joint space mission between the French (CNES) and the Israeli (ISA) space agencies. It relies on […]

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Satellites reveal the spread of Sargassum across the Atlantic

Multum Sargassum! In the frame of the SAREDA (SArgassum Evolving Distribution in the Atlantic) project, the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO) and the AERIS/ICARE Data and Services Center implemented a system that monitors Sargassum in the Atlantic from space using observations from NASA’s MODIS instrument. Sargassum (Sargassum fluitans et natans species) are pelagic algae, i.e. they grow in […]

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Recent progress of the AERUS-GEO project for global observation of aerosols from geostationary satellites

Over past years CNRM has developed with support from AERIS/ICARE the AERUS-GEO suite of Aerosols and Surface properties products (https://www.icare.univ-lille.fr/projects/user-driven-projects/aerus-geo/). Initially aimed at providing a daily averaged Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) from SEVIRI sensors aboard the MSG satelliteseries, the project is now about to provide retrievals of aerosol properties at 15-min intervals thanks to the new i-AERUS-GEO algorithm (currently under validation). Also, thanks […]

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Release of CALIPSO IIR V4.20 L2 Product April 2020

The Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) at NASA Langley Research Center and the French AERIS/ICARE Data and Services Center in Lille, France, in collaboration with the CALIPSO mission team announce the release of a new version of the CALIPSO IIR Level-2 Track and Swath products.The V4.20 IIR Level-2 track and swath data products are the […]

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New insights into cloud microphysical processes from combined POLDER-MODIS Level-2 observations “PM-L2” – March 2020

The second paper by Van Diedenhoven et al (JGR, 2020) provides a global assessment of collocated cloud-top ice size, shape and scattering properties observations, again derived from the synergistic use of POLDER and MODIS observations (Illustration 2). It is shown that the ice scattering asymmetry parameters are found to decrease with increasing effective radius, contrary to […]

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