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Frm4alt International Review Workshop

“International Review Workshop On Satellite Altimetry Cal/Val Activities and Applications"

23-26 April 2018,
Chania, Crete, Greece.

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Transponder calibration

Transponder calibration at the CDN1 ESA Altimeter Calibration Site:

  • CryoSat-2 on 5-Feb-2018 18:41:47 UTC (Previous Cal/Val 5-Jan-2018 at 8:04:26 UTC),
  • Tandem mission of Jason-2 and Jason-3, March-October 2016,
  • Jason-3 continuously every 10 days after its launch,
  • Sentinel-3A every 27 days at 20:00:12 UTC continuously after its launch.


The International Meeting Venue

The International Review will be held at the Venetian Arsenali building at the Center of Mediterranean Architecture, in the old Venetian Harbor, Chania, Crete, Greece.

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The venetian harbor in Chania, Crete.

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The International Review venue.

Chania is surrounded by numerous options. Mountain villages, beaches, swimming, fishing, archaeological sites, (such as the Minoan Civilization in Knossos) and gorges are open for you for sightseeing, exploration and discovery. Check our Social Events for details.

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Scenes from around Crete. 

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The Technical University of Crete campus.


The city of Chania is located in Crete Island, which is the largest island in Greece. Crete is situated in the Mediterranean Sea at the most southern part of the country.


Getting to Chania by Air

The biggest international airport in Greece is the "Eleftherios Venizelos" in Athens.

Chania is regularly connected by air to this Athens International Airport (link) with flights offered by Aegean Airlines, and Ryanair. Please check their sites for availability of flights. After March and during the summer every year, there are also several airlines (i.e., easyJet, Eurowings, British Airways, COBALT, Norwegian, SAS, etc.) from all over Europe directly to Chania in Crete.

The airport of Chania (I. Daskalogiannis, Code CHQ) is located in Akrotiri, about 12 km east of Chania city. At the airport there are car rentals and taxis to all destinations of the island.

Taxi service is available outside the airport terminal. The cost of a taxi fare from the airport to Chania is about 20-25 Euro (one-way). You can also call for a taxi: Radio Taxi ERMIS (tel: +30-28210-98700) or Radio Taxi KYDON (tel: +30-28210-94300).

There are public buses from the airport to the city, (Daily, every 30 minutes 09:00-23:45, Ticket Price is 2.50 Euro and travel time is about 30 minutes).

There are rent car facilities and cash withdrawal and exchange services through ATM at the Chania airport. 


 Getting to Chania by Boat

Chania has daily sea connections with Piraeus Port via ferry boats. You can reach Pireaus Port from the Athens airport using the Attiko metro. Take the "BLUE" line train, change at Monastiraki station, and then follow the "GREEN" line up to the terminal station: Piraeus port. Also, from the Athens International Airport to Pireaus Port you can use a direct line bus. For information regarding tickets, the route etc. please check.

For the boat routes, please check the web sites of the local sea lines to Crete: ANEK to Souda Bay (Chania), and MINOAN to Heraklion city (120 km away from Chania). Please check their sites for availability of routes. The bay of Souda, that serves as the port of Chania, is located 6 km away from the city center of Chania. 



The International Meeting will take place in Chania Old Town. A plethora of hotels exist in walking distance from the Conference Place. Early hotel reservation is highly recommended as high season starts early in Crete. It is the responsibility of the participants to directly contact the hotels and ensure their accommodation reservations.

An indicative list of hotels includes: 



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SeRAC: Sentinel-3 Radar Altimeter Calibration Site in Crete

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FRM4ALT is continued in the Sentinel-3 Radar Altimeter Calibration in Crete (SeRAC) activity with Operational Support, now in place. The objective of this SeRAC project is to ensure the routine operations and maintenance of the CDN1 transponder Cal/Val site for Sentinel-3A but also for Sentinel-3B Commissioning and Routine Operational Phase. The transponder Cal/Val operations shall be further supported by the sea-surface Cal/val sites established at the Permanent Facility for Altimetry Calibration in west Crete, Greece.