Projects and project management


This page gives information about projects undertaken by SatOC and by the SatOC team in the past. In addition, several past project reports are available for download on our project reports page.


IMPROVING PORT SAFETY USING RADAR AND SATELLITE DATA is a project funded by Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK), and led by the University of Liverpool. Click here for link to a news item on the University of Liverpool web pages


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. SatOC is the project leader. For more information visit the HYDROCOASTAL project pages.

C-RISe - Coastal Risk Information Service

C-RISe is a 3-year project funded by the UK Space Agency under the International Partnership Programme (IPP). The objective of the project, which started in December 2016, is to 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 support improved resilience to coastal hazards associated with sea level change. For more information visit the C-RISe project page.

SCOOP - SAR Altimetry Coastal & Open Ocean Performance

SCOOP is a project funded by ESA under the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme to characterise the expected performance in the open ocean and coastal zone of the Sentinel-3 SAR altimeter product; and then to test, implement and evaluate improved retrieval methods. SatOC is the project leader. For more information visit the SCOOP project pages.

Sea Level SpaceWatch

A short-term project to demonstrate trends in sea level around the UK from tide gauges and satellite altimetry. Project funded by the UK Space Agency on behalf of the Space for Smarter Government Programme which is delivered in collaboration with the Satellite Applications Catapult. Visit the project demonstration page.

WaPA - Wavemill Product Assessment

The Wavemill is a new radar instrument concept that offers the possibility of generating two-dimensional wide swath, high resolution, high precision maps of surface current vectors and ocean topography. WaPA, the Wavemill Product Assessment project, is supported by ESA under the General Studies Programme (GSP) to define the scientific capabilities and limitations of a spaceborne Wavemill instrument. SatOC is the project leader. For more information visit the WaPA project pages.

CP4O - Cryosat Plus For Oceans

CP4O is a project funded by ESA under the Support to Science Element (STSE) programme to develop and evaluate ocean products from Cryosat-2 data. Sub-themes covered are open ocean, coastal ocean, polar ocean and sea-floor altimetry. SatOC is the project leader. For more information visit the CP4O project pages.


An ESA funded project that aims to improve the accessibility and uptake of satellite-derived wave data. Project leaders are Logica. SatOC is responsible for altimeter data processing, quality control, error analysis, statistics and supporting documentation. For more information visit the GlobWave portal . We are also hosting a demonstration of satellite wave statistics developed by David Carter while at Satellite Observing Systems - visit the WAVSAT Medians Data Finder.


SAMOSA was an ESA-funded project to study ocean and inland water applications of Synthetic Aperture Mode Radar Altimetry - in particular with respect to CRYOSAT-2 data. SatOC was the project leader. For more information visit the SAMOSA project pages.


An ESA funded project under the GMES Service Element Programme, providing operational oil spill and water quality monitoring services across Europe. Project leaders were Thales. SatOC supported the user federation services - bringing in new users and supporting users in providing feedback and guidance through the User Executive Board.


An ESA funded project under their sustainable development programme investigating the use of EO techniques for water quality reporting in the offshore industry. Project leader was Flyby s.r.l.. SatOC supplied wind, wave and currents information and had a role in promotion and training.


SDD, short for Semantics Driven Framework for Resource and Knoweldge Discovery, is an ESA funded project aiming to harmonise the descriptive terminology of EO-related products and services. Project leaders are GTD (Spain).

Also contact us for information about previous projects carried out under Satellite Observing Systems (SOS), including:



Developing the use of satellite wind and wave measurements in forecasting, shipping and offshore sectors. Focusing on both real-time and satistical data. ESA funding with 6 partners, project leader Ellis Ash.



Investigation into using EO techniques for rapid environmental assessment in NATO operations. Project leader Ellis Ash.



Large European Thematic Network bringing together expertise in satellite altimetry to plan future requirements. EC funding with 20 partners, project leader David Cotton.

EOSSOP, Wave Index


Related projects looking at different aspects of using wave information in weather derivative markets as a means of offsetting costs to shipping of delays due to bad weather. BNSC and ESA funding respectively, project leader Ellis Ash.

Ocean Currents


Evaluation of present and future satellite systems for measuring ocean currents. BNSC funded with 9 UK partners, project leader Ellis Ash.



Study of how offshore wave trends related to conditions at the coast of the UK. BNSC funding, project leader David Cotton.



Study into the benefits of marine Earth Observation within different shipping sectors, including certification agencies, specialist marine transport and high speed ferries. EC funding, project leader David Cotton.

Clean Seas


Large study into monitoring marine pollution by satellites focusing on oil spill identification from SAR imagery. EC funding with 8 partners, project leader Gordon Jolly.

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