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).

The official project web page is hosted by NOC at

Latest news

C-RISe data portal : CSIR have developed a data portal for searching, viewing and accessing C-RISe data sets. Go to

C-RISe at ECSA 57: "Changing Estuaries, Coasts and Shelf Systems - Diverse Threats and Opportunities, Perth, WA, Australia - 13-6 Sept, 2018. The C-RISe team made a presentation at this meeting. Click here for a copy of the presentation.

C-RISe at the Sea Level Futures Workshop, University of Liverpool, 4-5 July, 2018. We were pleased to welcome project partners from INAHINA, Mozambique to this meeting. There were two poster presentations on C-RISe work:

C-RISe at the ESA Coastal Altimetry Workshop, Frascati, Italy- 13-15 June, 2018. The C-RISe team made a presentation at the ESA Coastal Altimetry Workshop. Click here for a copy of the presentation.

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.


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Available for Download:

The CRISe altimetry reference product (Coastal Geophysical Data Record) is now available for download by ftp at:

For Jason1:
For Jason2:
For Jason3:

and for the time series at co-located points along track:

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

C-RISe Training Workshops

First Training Workshops: "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 (Workshop Report)

Second Training Workshops: "Tools to Apply Satellite Data to Coastal Risk" (Course Overview)

  • 1-5 October 2018. Centre National de Recherches Océanographiques, Nosy Be, Madagascar
  • 8-12 October 2018. Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique 
  • 15-19 October 2018. Direction Générale de la Météorologie, Antananarivo, Madagascar

Training Resources


  C-RISE Software Guidelines and Support

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 Navegacao, Mozambique
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Escola Superior de Ciencias 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

Satellite Oceanographic Consultants Ltd 2017