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Invitation to Tender: CryoSat Thematic Products / Cryo-TEMPO

14 April 2020

ESA is seeking proposals for a new activity aimed at the operational generation and distribution of a collection of CryoSat ThEMatic PrOducts (Cryo-TEMPO) in the areas of sea ice, polar oceans, land ice, coastal areas and hydrology. This activity will build on multiple previous research and development projects and will support a wide community of end-users.


Due to its major contribution in addressing multi-thematic science and operational applications over the past 10 years, the CryoSat mission has been recently extended to tackle new challenges, not only over the Cryosphere, but also over inland water and coastal areas. To achieve this, current data records must be extended into the next decade and the current geophysical retrievals over different kinds of surface need to be optimized.

The core objective of the Cryo-TEMPO activity is therefore to build on the heritage of previously funded research and development projects in order to generate operationally CryoSat thematic products. These new products are expected to be high level, evolve quickly, be aligned with state-of-the-art processing techniques and fulfil the need of wide communities of end-users (e.g. modellers, Earth system scientists and operational/meteorological services), including traceable and fully documented uncertainty parameters.

The deadline for applications is 17 June 2020. You can find all relevant documents and additional information concerning the Cryo-TEMPO tender (AO10244) on the ESA EMITS website.