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Latest EO Weekly Newsletter
27 March 2020 - Week 13/2020


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Fringe 2020

Possible Postponement

Fringe 2020 is the 11th International Workshop on "Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry and Sentinel-1 InSAR" and will take place on 22 to 26 June at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

 

The Fringe series of workshops started in 1992 and are currently organised by ESA every 2-3 years.

 

Fringe 2020 is a free workshop open to scientists, students and Copernicus Sentinel-1 data users, as well as representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industries. 

 

This workshop could be postponed and is currently under review; meanwhile the abstract submission interface will remain open. Please see guidance on the event website.


Aral Sea

23 March 2020

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World Water Day - Water and Climate Change

World Water Day is held each year on 22 March and focuses on the freshwater importance. It celebrates water's availability and raises awareness for the 2.2 billion people that are living without proper access to clean water. Further, World Water Day focuses on the action needed to tackle the global water crisis and the urgent need to provide water and sanitation for all by 2030.

An example of very limited freshwater abundance is the Aral Sea, located between Kazakhstan in the north and Uzbekistan in the south. It once was the world's fourth largest lake, with an area of 67,300 km². However, the lake has dramatically shrunk since the 1950s as a result of diverting the supplying rivers for former Soviet cotton irrigation projects.

Despite efforts to restore the water levels by building the Kok-Aral Dam in 2005, the Proba-V 100 m images of 12 September 2014 (left panel) and 15 September 2019 (right panel) show that no significant restoring has been achieved, and a further decrease in water in the lake's northern area.

Aral sea

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EGU General Assembly 2020 update

25 March 2020

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the European Geoscience Union (EGU) has officially announced the cancellation of the EGU General Assembly 2020 in Vienna, Austria.

However, to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on scientific research and collaboration, the Assembly will be replaced by the ‘EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online' (#shareEGU20) initiative, a week-long series of online activities during the first week of May to support the EGU community by fostering scientific communication.

Further information can be found on the EGU 2020 website.

The next edition of the EGU General Assembly in Vienna has already been scheduled to take place from 25 to 30 April 2021.


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