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Highlights of the ERS-ENVISAT Gothenburg Symposium 2000 - Session Summaries

03 November 2000

Web Content Image The ESA ERS-ENVISAT Symposium entitled "Looking down to Earth in the New Millennium" was organized jointly by ESA and the Chalmers University of Technology and was held the Svenska Mässan, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, in Gothenburg, Sweden from 16th to 20th October 2000. This Symposium was the fourth ERS Earth Observation symposium, following Cannes (in 1992), Hamburg (in 1993) and Florence (in 1997) and was the first ENVISAT Symposium. This Symposium was open to all interested parties, from scientists to operational commercial users and service providers and was attended by 540 participants from 34 different countries. Some 451 abstracts were submitted to the Symposium and a Scientific Committee of 70 members composed of scientists and ESA experts supported the programme preparation. Following the themes of the ENVISAT Announcement of Opportunity the 296 accepted oral contributions were grouped into 42 sessions. Each session was chaired by leading scientists and co-chaired by an ESA expert. In the conference exhibit area 150 posters were displayed and several demonstrations were organised. The conference stands allowed presenting some 25 companies involved in Earth observation. The Symposium gave participants the opportunity to review the current status of ERS science and application developments after nearly ten years of ERS data exploitation and to present the ENVISAT mission in its preparation for launch, its data products and its approach to Calibration and Validation. The ERS-ENVISAT symposium has demonstrated the ERS-1 and 2 mission contribution to the monitoring of our environment and the continuous development of Earth observation applications. The presentations given at the Symposium ranged from pure research, to demonstration of applications and development of services and market. Several new applications of Earth observation data were presented and an increased emphasis on atmospheric disciplines was apparent. In addition, ESA distributed to all participants two questionnaires aimed at collecting their feedback on data exploitation and user services. The proceedings (ESA SP -461) contain the results presented at the Symposium in the form of full-length papers, summary reports of the 42 sessions and recommendations brought up at the Symposium.
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