Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), a subsidiary of the French Space Agency, ARDIAN & IFREMER, is a worldwide company and pioneer provider of monitoring and surveillance solutions for the Earth since 1986. Its mission is to deploy innovative space-based solutions to understand and protect our planet, and to manage its resources sustainably. CLS employs 750 people, at its headquarters in Toulouse (France) and in its 26 other sites around the world.
The company works in six strategic areas of activity: sustainable fisheries management, environmental monitoring, maritime surveillance, fleet management, energy & mining, space & ground systems. CLS processes environmental data and positions from 80,000 beacons per month, ocean and inland waters observations and monitor land and sea activities by satellite.
CLS has a strong experience in satellite data processing for sea surface temperature, ocean colour and radar imagery as well as in in-situ data processing and validation (Argo float and others temperature/salinity in situ sensors, drifters, and tide gauges). CLS is both involved in research and development activities (multi- mission algorithms improvement, ocean observations validation and combination) and in operational oceanography (GMES MyOcean project, Phase 1 of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, AVISO/SALP) and services for end-users (off-shore industry, ship routing, fisheries management).
In the scope of the INSITU TAC, CLS is in charge of the delayed- time drifting buoys product, the production of dedicated near-real time and historical temperature & salinity observed profiles products for model assimilation and participates to the validation of the historical insitu temperature & salinity profiles dataset distributed by Ifremer.