Dr. Daniele Ciani (PI) is a researcher in marine sciences at the National Research Council of Italy (Institute of Marine Sciences). He holds a degree in physics (University of Rome, IT) and a PhD in physical oceanography (University of Brest, FR). His education is based on geophysical fluid dynamics and environmental remote sensing. His main interests are mesoscale and submesoscale ocean circulation, eddy dynamics and ocean remote sensing (currents, temperature, salinity and colour). At present, he is focused in the development of synergetic approaches for the space-based retrieval of the sea-surface currents at regional (Mediterranean Sea) and global scale. Moreover, he contributed to the Italian project for the Mediterranean Sea monitoring (MATTM-MFSD) and to the final phase of ESA GlobCurrent. He is presently involved in the evaluation phase for the ESA CIMR (Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer) mission as well as the WATERCOLOURS project (, in collaboration with the University of Malta. Google Scholar

Dr. Bruno Buongiorno Nardelli (physical oceanographer, Ph.D in Marine Science and Engineering). His research background is based on the joint analysis of satellite and in situ measurements through classical and innovative statistical and dynamical approaches, such as optimal interpolation, multivariate/autoregressive analyses and numerical modelling (quasi/semi-geostrophic Omega equation solution, Lagrangian diagnostics, etc.). His interests are focused on the study of ocean dynamics from (sub)mesoscale to seasonal/interannual scales), salinity and sea level observations for operational and scientific applications. He is presently the leader of the SST Thematic Assembly Centre (TAC) of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) and contributes to CMEMS Multi Observations TAC. He leads the Work Package on Oceanic Essential Climate Variables within the Copernicus Climate Change C3S_511 service. He is author/co-author of more than 50 publications. Google scholar H-index: 20, 1015 citations.

Dr. Rosalia Santoleri is the Director of the Insitute of Marine Sciences of CNR (Italian National Research Council) and the head of the Ocean Satellite monitoring and marine ecosystem studies group (GOS). She has more than 30 years of experience in physical oceanography, Earth observation, marine circulation, satellite oceanography, operational oceanography, air-sea interaction, physical-biological interaction, satellite data validation and climate variability. She is responsible of CMEMS OCTAC and to the CMEMS SST-TAC. She developed the Mediterranean Sea operational SST and Ocean Colour Observing system. Since 2012 she is member of the GOOS Steering Committee. PI in several national and international research projects and coordinator of more than 20 national and international scientific projects. She is member of EuroGOOS Board of Directors, GHRSTT Science Team and IOCCG Committee. Presently, she is President of the Italian Oceanographic Commission, National body of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and member of the IOC Executive Committee. She is member of the Sentinel-3 OLCI/SYN Quality Working Group established by ESA and EUMETSAT and is member of the ESA Mission Advisory Group for CIMR. She signed more than 140 publications in the internationally referred literature and reference books. Carrier citations of 2720, h-index 33, i-index 82 (Google Scholar, Nov 2019). Google Scholar

Dr. Salvatore Marullo (Senior Scientists). Physical oceanographer with 30 year of experience in marine circulation, satellite oceanography, air-sea interaction. Since 1992, Dr. Marullo has a permanent position at ENEA as senior scientist working on satellite oceanography (mainly Ocean Colour and SST). He was P.I. or co-investigator of European and national Projects and has worked on development of SST products and in study the SST diurnal variability. He is member GHRSST Science Team, GHRSST Diurnal variability Working group, is the chair EARSeL Spacial Interest Group on remote sensing of the coastal zone. He is author or co-author of 74 publications in the internationally referred literature, reference books. Google Scholar h-index 25, citations 2052.

Dr. Vittorio Brando is a senior researcher at CNR. He has a background in aquatic ecology and ecological modelling in shallow water environments. He worked on ecological modelling of macro algae colonies dynamics and of trophic interactions in shallow water basins. His main research interests include optical oceanography in inland and coastal systems, radiative transfer models, retrieval of water quality parameters from ocean color data and assimilation of remote sensing data into biogeochemical models. Vittorio has worked from 2000 to 2013 at CSIRO in Australia, where he was PI for several large collaborative projects. He then spent two years (2014-2015) as Senior Marie Curie Fellow at CNR-IREA in Milan, where he focused on remote sensing algorithms for optically complex waters. Dr. Brando is now at CNR-ISMAR in Rome where he serves as the Deputy Leader of the CMEMS OC-TAC, as well as partner PI for two H2020 projects (CoastObs and HYPERNETS). He is Author of 54 journal papers, 12 book chapters, 49 conference papers and 33 technical reports, with a career citations of 3935, h-index of 30, 429 citations for most cited paper (Google Scholar, 14/11/2018) and career citations of 2029, h-index of 25, 245 citations for most cited paper ISI ResearcherId

Dr. Elodie Charles is a member of the Satellite Observation Team in the Environmental Monitoring and Climate Department at CLS. She holds an engineering degree from the ENSEIRB-MATMECA Engineering School (Talence, France) as well as a PhD in Physical Oceanography (BRGM/Météo-France). She has an 8-year long experience in the field of modelling and analysis of wind-waves and sea level, including their interactions with climate changes. Since 2017, she contributes to different R&D activities and operational oceanography projects based on altimeter products. She is especially interested in characterizing the errors related to altimetric products and their derivates, for example through the use of Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSE). She is currently involved in CMEMS WAVE-TAC activities as deputy and product quality expert.

Dr. Hélène Etienne is scientist executive in the "In situ & Composites" Department of the Environmental Business Unit at CLS. Sheholds a PhD in physical oceanography from Toulouse University. She has a more then 10 years experience in the field of data assimilation and modelling in support to operational oceanography systems (MercatorOcéan) or applications in the field of security at sea, environmental monitoring or offshore applications. Since a few years, she is involved both in the CMEMS in-situ and Multi Observation Thematic Assemblies. She works on the processing of surface velocity correction from drifting buoys and also produces gridded current fields from the merging of different sources of sensors (altimetry, in-situ, micro-wave...)

Dr. Yannice Faugère is the leader of Satellite Observations Team in the Environmental Monitoring Department in CLS. He has been involved as R&D engineer in many Sea Level studies and operational oceanography projects. He is currently Principal Investigator of the Ocean Surface Topography Science and responsible of the Sea Level Thematic Assembly center of the Copernicus Marine Environment and Monitoring Service.

Dr. Stéphanie Guinehut is a senior scientist. She holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) in Earth Sciences plus a PhD in physical oceanography from Toulouse University. She has a more than 10-year long experience in the field of satellite and in-situ data analysis and profiling float array design. She has participated to numerous EC, national and international projects (e.g. MFSTEP, GYROSCOPE, MERSEA, MyOcean, E-AIMS, Mercator Ocean, CLIVAR/GSOP/GODAE). She is the author of several publications on the analysis of in-situ data, the merging of altimeter with in-situ data and also array design experiment.