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HYDROCOASTAL is a project funded by ESA to maximise exploitation of SAR and SARin altimeter measurements in the coastal zone and inland waters, by evaluating and implementing new approaches to process SAR and SARin data from CryoSat-2, and SAR altimeter data from Sentinel-3A and Sentinel-3B.

New SAR and SARin processing algorithms for the coastal zone and inland waters will be developed and implemented and evaluated through an initial Test Data Set for selected regions. From the results of this evaluation a processing scheme will be implemented to generate global coastal zone and river discharge data sets. Case studies will assess these products in terms of their scientific impacts.
All the produced data sets will be available on request to external researchers, and full descriptions of the processing algorithms will be provided.

Latest news

Project Kick-Off: 25-26th February 2020 at ESA ESRIN

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Study examples

University of Bonn are working on CZ validation in this test site over the German Bight and Baltic Sea, showing Sentinel-3A ground tracks and locations of fiducial reference data from operational tide gauges of the BfG network (green triangle) and wave buoys (squares) and GPS stations (red dots):



Project Manager: David Cotton, SatOC (d.cotton at satoc.eu)


If you are interested in accessing any of the data sets contact the Project Manager at the above address.

Project activities

Task 1 (February to May 2020):
Scientific Review and Requirements Consolidation

  • Critical review of the state-of-the-art in the scientific fields related to this activity (Altimetry, Coastal and Inland Water).
  • Consolidate the requirements and define the most suitable methods and algorithms to be developed and the data products to be generated.

Science Review (May 2020): Confirm algorithms to be implemented and evaluated through the production of a test data set.

Task 2 (June 2020 to July 2021):
Algorithm Development, Implementation and Validation, Production of Global Data Sets

  • Develop, implement and test the algorithms.
  • Generate, and validate, test data sets for selected regions

Mid-term Review (May 2021): Assess the performance of the different processing algorithms and agree specification for processing and contents of Global Data Sets.

  • Global Coastal Zone and River Discharge (Medium-Large) Data Sets.
  • Experimental Small Rivers and Tributaries Data Set.

Task 3 (February 2021 to November 2021): Impact Assessment

Exploitation of Global Products in Impact Assessment Case Studies to assess impact of Global Products:

  • Processor Case Studies.
  • Joint Coastal Zone and Inland Water Impact Assessment.
  • Inland Water Impact Assessment.

Acceptance Review (November 2021): Present and review Impact Assessment Reports.

Task 4 (November 2021 - February 2022: Scientific Roadmap

Develop a Scientific Roadmap identifying scientific priority areas, including:

  • Recommendations and guidance for future scientific data exploitation projects.
  • Recommendations for algorithmic evolutions within baseline processing.
  • Recommendations for future interferometric altimetry missions.

Final Review (February 2022): Presentation and review of project results.

Project team

satoc   isardsat   noc

dtuspace   ubonn   aresys
noveltis   dtuenv   tum

uca   atr   cnr
nuim   uporto   tudelft

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