Cyclone Keoni. [Image Date: 21-08-97]
Scatterometer data were used to improve accuracy of wind data so that initial values of atmospheric parameters at the model grid points better matched the actual values. Copyright European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting, UK.
ERS-1 satellite
Copyright ESA
ERS-2 scatterometer data
Wind speed and direction for Hurricane Rita. Acquired on 22 September 2005, it was processed in near-real time by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KMNI).Copyright ESA/KNMI
ERS-2 satellite
Copyright EADS Astrium

Session  Data Preservation and Valorisation will host a presentation of the SCIroCCo Project at the Living Planet Symposium 2016. If you are attending the event, please be welcome to follow the oral presentation on  May 9th,  14.00 h  in South Hall III.The Session Porogram is available here.



Within the SCIRoCCo Project, a number of Research Grants at Master, Post-graduate and PhD level have been awarded, to carry out original research based primarily on the exploitation of ERS Scatterometer data, on the intercalibration between ESCAT (the ERS Scatterometer), ASCAT (on MetOp-A) and comparisons of models and retrievals.  Research will be carried out at one of the SCIRoCCo Host Institutions: KNMI (NL), RMA (BE), TUWien (AT), SERCO/University of Rome (IT) and may also involve collaboration with multiple SCIRoCCo partners.

With duration variable from 3 to 6 months, grants cover travel and subsitence expenses. Rates depend on the cost of living at the Host Institution, on grant duration and on seniority (undergraduate or graduate level) and are competitive with respect to, say, ERASMUS or similar grants.

Research Projects started in Summer 2015.

Nationals from ESA member states only  were eligible  (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada).

 Research will cover topics such as:

  • Soil Moisture
  • Ocean Winds
  • Coastal Winds
  • Sea Ice

 Please, download the full description of the Research Topics and apply on-line.


The first SCIRoCCo Calibration Meeting was held on 22-23/10/ 2014 at ESRIN, with the aim of detailing the way forward to the cross-calibration of ERS-1 and ERS-2 and to discuss the standardization of NetCDF format for Scatterometer data

An implementation timeline for the calibration activities has been defined, with the goal of having the new calibration files produced by March 2015

The first SCIRoCCo Progress Meeting has been held on 27 March. Calibration and NetCDF standards have been amongst tha main topics  discussed.


The SCIRoCCo Project has been kicked-off on 24/06/2014.

SCIRoCCo's goal is to act as a focal point for Scatterometry at European level, valorising the heritage of the ERS Mission.

SCIRoCCo (Scatterometer Instrument Competence Centre) is a collaborative effort of the Royal Military Academy of Belgium (RMA), the Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI), the Technische Universität Wien (TUWien) and the European Centre for Medium Weather Forecast (ECMWF), under contract of the European Space Agency (ESA). SERCO Sp.A is the Prime industrial Contractor and is responsible for the overall Project management and coordination. 



  • Visit SCIRoCCo presentation at Living Planet Symposium, May 9 2016

    Alberto Bigazzi01 May 2016
    Session  Data Preservation and Valorisation will host a presentation of the SCIroCCo Project at the Living Planet Symposium 2016. If you a...