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Wildfires in southwest France July 2022

On July 12, 2022, in the southwest of France, two separate forest fires ignited in the Bordeaux region, in Landiras and in La Teste-de-Buch, near Arcachon. The fires were fanned by moderate winds and were contained after 12 days of fierce battle against flames that sometimes reached more than 30 m high. The fires destroyed more than 20,000 hectares (200 km2) of forest. (Source: NASA/Worldview). Read more

ICARE

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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CALIPSO Lidar Level 1 Product Version 4.51 Data Release

The CALIPSO mission team, in collaboration with the Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) at NASA Langley Research Center, announces the release of a new CALIOP Level 1 Product: CAL_LID_L1-Standard-V4-51 The product is available beginning with data from June 13, 2006 (following CALIOP first light), and as of this announcement, through December 31, 2010. Remaining data […]

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Release of V2.00 Lidar Level 2 PSC mask

The CALIPSO mission team, in collaboration with the Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) at NASA Langley Research Center, announces the release of a new daily CALIOP Level 2 Polar Stratospheric Cloud (PSC) Mask Product: CAL_LID_L2_PSCMask-Standard-V2-00 The CALIPSO Lidar Level 2 Polar Stratospheric Cloud data product ensemble describes the spatial distribution, optical properties, and composition of […]

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ICARE Under The Hood

As many of our users have likely noticed, ICARE services have gone through several interruptions and maintenance operations these past weeks. Although regular and planned maintenance are part of the normal life of a data center, a combination of required significant system upgrades, major infrastructure renovation and unexpected hardware failures have combined to create a […]

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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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