C-RISe Project

NOC logo C_RISe

C-RISe (for Coastal Risk Information Service) will deliver, through an international partnership with Mozambique, Madagascar and South Africa; access to satellite-derived data on sea level, wind speed and wave heights. The goal is to enable stakeholders to use this information to improve socio-economic resilience to coastal hazards associated with sea level changes such as inundation, floods, storm damage, wetland loss, habitat change, coastal erosion and saltwater intrusion.

C-RISe is a development of Sea Level Space Watch (SLSW), a project funded by the UK Space Agency (UKSA) under the International Partnership Programme, which delivers information on sea level trends at the UK coast, enabled by recent advances in coastal altimetry data processing. C-RISe will expand this service to provide additional data sets (wind and wave climatologies), and increased temporal and spatial coverage; 24 years of previously unavailable satellite observations, over the regional area of Mozambique, Madagascar and South Africa.

Project impact will be assessed using a pre-identified set of use cases, each led by a different project partner, and through the delivery of hands-on training and use case coaching. This is designed to embed the skills needed to work with satellite data into the partner organisations for the long term. C-RISe will demonstrate the value that satellite data can bring to regions with sparse in-situ observations, and provide the skills to adopt space technology for more effective coastal management and positive socio-economic development. Project funded by UKSA under the International Partnership Programme (IPP).

Latest news

C-RISe at WIOMSA, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - The C-RISe team recently presented C-RISe to the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Community at the 10th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium. (Conference Report) Our poster can be downloaded by clicking on the thumbnail below.


First Training Workshop: "Wind, Wave and Sea Level Information from Satellites."

  • 26-30 October 2017. Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique (Workshop Report)
  • 27 November - 1 December 2017: Direction Générale de la Météorologie, Antananarivo, Madagascar

First Issue of the C-Rise Newsletter,  download here

Sign up here to receive future issues of our newsletter directly.

Regional Kick Off Workshops: 1-10 February 2017

Technical Kick Off meeting: 15th December 2016

Project start: 7th December 2016

Available for Download:

Figures showing the CRISe Area of Interest with overlaid satellite tracks

Data demonstration page showing near real time satellite wind and wave data together with present forecast conditions.

Also see the UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme web pages

Study region

Mozambique channel image

Project timescale

Phase 1 (December 2016 - November 2017):
Preparation Phase: Service and Use Case Specification;
Data Identification, Acquisition and Processing;
Training Preparation. Includes Regional Kick Off Workshops in Month 3 (Feb 17)

Phase 2 (November 2017- November 2018):
Delivery Phase: Service Implementation and Delivery; Product Validation; Training Workshops;
Use Case Application and Evaluation. Includes Workshops for Service Implementation Month 12 (Nov 17) and Training Month 15 (Feb 18)

Phase 3 (November 2018- November 2019):
Review and Roadmap Phase: Evaluation; Review; Regional Showcase; Road Map and Business Case for Future Implementation: Will include Regional Project Showcase Month 35 (Oct 19)

Project team

National Oceanography Centre, UK
Satellite Oceanographic Consultants Ltd, UK
Bilko Development Ltd, UK
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
Instituto Nacional de Hidrografia e Navegação, Mozambique
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Escola Superior de Ciências Marinhas e Costeiras, Mozambique
Direction Générale de la Météorologie, Madagascar
Centre National de Recherches Océanographiques, Madagascar
Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines, Madagascar
WWF Madagascar Country Office
Conservation International, Madagascar

Resources for Training and Use Cases

Workshop Presentations

© Satellite Oceanographic Consultants Ltd 2017