German EarthCARE Project Office

The German EarthCARE Project Office is dedicated to preparing the German research community to ensure the successful use of EarthCARE.   This will be achieved by communicating important and up-to-date information, facilitating the development of community-wide initiatives and establishing the necessary mechanisms for advancing the anticipated research activities.


The EarthCARE (Earth Cloud, Aerosol and Radiation Explorer) satellite mission is the next evolution in multi-sensor, space-borne observations and synergistic data products. With an expected launch date in Autumn 2019, this joint mission between the European Space Agency and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency aims to observe interactions among radiant energy transfer, clouds, aerosols and precipitation, so as to better understand controls on Earth’s energy budget.  Based on the robust heritage of satellites and satellite constellations, the EarthCARE payload includes four instruments operating on a single platform to provide coincident measurements: a high-spectral-resolution lidar (ATLID), the first ever space-borne Doppler radar (CPR), a multispectral imager (MSI), and a broadband radiometer (BBR).  The novel features of the satellite (e.g. coincident measurements, higher radar sensitivity, Doppler capability, and measured lidar extinction) provide an exciting opportunity to perform more accurate and informed analysis than before.

For more information on the mission, instrumentation, and data products, please visit ESA's Earth Explorers EarthCARE page. 



EarthCARE Mission Requirements Document

EarthCARE Instruments Description 

EarthCARE Data Production Model

EarthCARE ESA Product List

EarthCARE JAXA Product List


News and Opportunities:

> ESA Announcement of Opportunity for EarthCARE Calibration and Validation
The deadline for proposal submission was 31 October 2017. Lead by Dr. Ulla Wandinger (TROPOS), the German EarthCARE community successfully submitted a joint proposal combining the expertise of 11 institutes and universities.

> 2018 EGU General Assembly
Abstract submission for the 2018 EGU General Assembly is now open! The deadline for submissions is 10 January 2018 at 13:00 CET. If you are requesting financial support, the application deadline is 1 December 2017. Please visit their website for more information and a complete list of planned sessions (link).
Sessions of interest:
AS1.39 Linking Clouds to Circulation: Lessons from the past decade of active satellite remote sensing (Organizers: Bjorn Stevens, Hajime Okamoto)


Upcoming Meetings:
29 - 31 January 2018 | Joint EECLAT-EarthCARE Workshop, Colmar, France - please contact Anna Luebke for more details.

8 - 13 April 2018 | 2018 EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria

11 - 15 June 2018 | Seventh International EarthCARE Science Workshop in conjunction with the First ESA EarthCARE Validation Workshop, Bonn, Germany 
For more information, please visit the workshop website


Project Office Information:

Leader, Bjorn Stevens

Project Office Coordinator, Anna Luebke (email)

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The German EarthCARE Project Office is funded with the support of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.