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.  Further information on the EarthCARE satellite mission and updates on EarthCARE-related opportunities can be found on this page.


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. 


Illingworth et. al (2017), The EarthCARE Satellite: The Next Step Forward in Global Measurements of Clouds, Aerosols, Precipitation, and Radiation, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96, 1311 - 1332, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00227.1

EarthCARE Data Production Model Link


ESA Announcement of Opportunity Call for EarthCARE Calibration and Validation Activity Link       
The call for proposals opened on 15 June 2017 and closes on 15 October 2017.  Official documentation concerning the mission, satellite, instrumentation, and data products can also be found there.


Upcoming Meetings:
29 - 31 January 2018 | Joint EECLAT-EarthCARE Workshop - details coming soon!

8 - 13 April 2018 | EGU General Assembly Special Session - details coming soon!


Contact Information:                                                                   
Anna Luebke (email), Project Office Coordinator

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