Satellite Eye for Galathea 3

A Living Atlas showing the highly dynamical processes in the marine, atmospheric and coastal environment along the route of the Galathea 3 expedition ship.

The project is supported by Egmont Fonden with approximately 3.9 mio. DKK over twoyears from 2006 to 2008.

The goal of the project ‘Satellite Eye for Galathea 3’ is to contribute with a Living Atlas based on satellite images recorded along the sailing track for Galathea 3. The highly dynamical processes in the marine, atmospheric and coastal environment will be quantified from satellite images and published - in a professionally-based way and in near-real-time - to scientists, students, pupils, the public and to the crew on-board the Galathea 3.

It is a technological challenge to download, archive and distribute the immense amount of data. It is at the same time compelling to order the high-resolution images from the European satellite Envisat’s many instruments well in advance. In agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA), we have in this project secured an agreement with Eduspace/ESA, such that we ensure an optimal use of Envisat in relationship with Galathea 3 as from other satellites.

Eduspace will publish web-based teaching on satellites and Galathea 3 from upper secondary schools. Galathea 3 is a sailing laboratory with instruments on-board that observes a long list of similar parameters as the satellites observe. It is a unique option of international quality to compare and combine the different parameter values. Some will be investigated within this project, others in parallel projects. A close cooperation with scientists from other projects is being established, such that an optimal collection of satellite images will be achieved.

The fantastic development in Earth Observation from satellites is one of the greatest technological advances since Galathea 1 and 2. It is seen as very important to optimized the collection, archiving and publishing these satellite images for the future generations.

  • Risø National Laboratory, Wind Energy Department Charlotte Bay Hasager (PI), Merete Bruun Christiansen
  • DRC-DTU Leif Toudal Pedersen, Ole Balthazar Andersen
  • DMI Jacob L. Høyer, Peter Viskum Jørgensen
  • Niels Bohr Insitute at University of Copenhagen Niels Kristian Højerslev, Rune Midjord Nielsen
  • Institute of Geography at University of Copenhagen Michael Schultz Rasmussen
  • Eduspace Peter Brøgger Sørensen
  • ESA consultant Jürg Lichtenegger




Charlotte Bay Hasager
DTU Wind
+45 46 77 50 14