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12th Coastal Altimetry Workshop and Training Course

4 - 7 February 2020

The Coastal Altimetry Community i.e. the international community of scientists, engineers and managers working on developing applications of altimetry in the coastal zone, will convene for the 12th Edition of the Coastal Altimetry Workshop (CAW-12) at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati (Italy), from 04 to 07 February 2020.

A Coastal Altimetry Training for Early Career Scientists is scheduled on the first day of the workshop.

The Workshop aims at once again being a lively forum for a community-led review of the science and applications of coastal altimetry, from data processing through emerging applications to new technologies; it will feature studies using the latest missions (Sentinel-3A/B, CryoSat, HY-2, AltiKa and Jason-3) and the anticipation of synergies with the SWOT mission.

Dedicated sessions will cover Sea Level, Dynamic Topography, Currents, Winds and Waves, Sea State, Extreme Events, etc., exploiting altimetry and other data for both real-time monitoring and long-term change studies.


Registration deadline for both the course and the workshop: 8 January 2020


Mato Grosso, Brazil

06 December 2019

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The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over part of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso deep in the Amazon interior.

This image combines three separate radar images from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission taken about two years apart to show change in crops and land cover over time.

Unlike images from satellites carrying optical or ‘camera-like' instruments, images acquired  with imaging radar are interpreted by studying the intensity of the backscatter radar signal, which is related to the roughness of the ground.

Here, the first image, from 2 May 2015, is picked out in blue; the second, from 16 March 2017, picks out changes in green; and the third from 18 March 2019 in red; areas in grey depict little or no change between 2015 and 2019.

Ironically, Mato Grosso means ‘great woods', but, as these coloured rectangular shapes portray, much of the tropical forest has been cut down and given over to farming. While this image only shows a small area, Mato Grosso is one of Brazil's top cattle-producing and crop-producing states, with the main crops including corn, soya and wheat.

However, although the state has one of the highest historical rates of deforestation in Amazonian Brazil, deforestation is slowing and Mato Grosso is now said to be a global leader in climate-change solutions.

As an advanced radar mission, Copernicus Sentinel-1 can image the surface of Earth through cloud and rain and regardless of whether it is day or night. This makes it ideal for monitoring areas that tend to be covered by cloud such as rainforests.

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12th Coastal Altimetry Workshop

27 November 2019

The Coastal Altimetry Community i.e. the international community of scientists, engineers and managers working on developing applications of altimetry in the coastal zone, invites you to ESA-ESRIN in Frascati (Italy), for the 12th Edition of the Coastal Altimetry Workshop (CAW-12), from 04 to 07 February 2020.

A Coastal Altimetry Training for Early Career Scientists is scheduled on the first day of the workshop.

The Workshop aims at once again being a lively forum for a community-led review of the science and applications of coastal altimetry, from data processing through emerging applications to new technologies and it will feature studies using the latest missions (Sentinel-3, CryoSat, HY-2, AltiKa and Jason-3) and the anticipation of synergies with the SWOT mission.

Dedicated sessions will cover Sea Level, Dynamic Topography, Currents, Winds and Waves, Sea State, Extreme Events, etc., exploiting altimetry and other data for both real-time monitoring and long-term change studies.

Registration for the course and the workshop is free and will close on 08 January 2020.

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FRINGE 2020

22 - 26 June 2020

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. 
 
Abstract Submission deadline: 15 March 2020
 
Registration opens 6 April 2020


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EGU General Assembly 2020

3 - 8 May 2020

The European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly 2020 will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 3 to 8 May 2020, bringing together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences.


The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.


Abstract submission deadline: 15 January 2020


Early Registration deadline: 31 March 2020


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Marib Dam, Yemen

4 December 2019 - This image acquired by Copernicus Sentinel-2, shows the area of Marib and the Marib Dam. It is the ancient capital of the kingdom of Saba and the most important archaeological site in Yemen.

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35-year data record charts sea-temperature change

05 December 2019

Four trillion satellite measurements, taken over four decades from 1981 to 2018, have been merged to create a continuous global record that will help to understand the science behind Earth's climate.

A paper published recently in Nature Scientific Data describes how this new dataset of global sea-surface temperature is one of the longest satellite climate data records available. The dataset will play a key role in evaluating global models used to predict how our oceans will influence future climate change.

With the demand for action on climate change louder than ever before, scientific evidence such as this underpins policy on combatting climate change – as being highlighted at the current UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain.

Monitoring the skin, or surface, temperature of the world's oceans is important for climate science, with the United Framework Convention on Climate Change considering it as an Essential Climate Variable.

Exchanges of heat and water vapour between the ocean and the atmosphere influence the generation and intensity of tropical hurricanes and can also modify regional weather patterns, causing serious drought and flood events by diverting storms – a key signature of the El Niño and Indian Ocean dipole climate phenomena.
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Updated CryoSat magnetometer data now available

05 December 2019

We are pleased announce that an improved version of the CryoSat magnetic field data (version 0102) is now available in the "#CryoSat-2" folder of the ESA FTP server.

In this improved dataset, the magnetic field vector components in North-East-Center frame (B_NEC) and magnetic field total Intensity (F) are also included.

The dataset covers the period August 2010 until December 2018. More information on the calibration technique applied to this dataset are available in the CryoSat Magnetometer Data file.


Sentinel-6 mission ready for final testing

05 December 2019

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In a cleanroom in Ottobrunn, Germany, the latest Copernicus Sentinel satellite is ready for final testing before it is packed up and shipped to the US for liftoff next year.

Designed and built to chart changing sea level, it is the first of two identical Sentinel-6 satellites that will be launched consecutively to continue the time series of sea-level measurements. This new mission builds on heritage from previous ocean topography satellites, including the French–US Topex-Poseidon and Jason missions, previous ESA missions such as the ERS satellites, Envisat and CryoSat, as well as Copernicus Sentinel-3.

With millions of people around the world at risk from rising seas, it is essential to continue measuring the changing height of the sea surface so that decision-makers are equipped to take appropriate mitigating action – as is being currently highlighted at the COP-25 Climate Change Conference in Spain.

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Green City Watch grabs top prize at Copernicus Masters

05 December 2019

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Green City Watch won this year's Copernicus Masters competition in a ceremony held yesterday at the European Space Week in Helsinki, Finland. Using Copernicus Sentinel satellite data, this application combines big data from space with artificial intelligence to measure the quality of green urban spaces.

The vast amounts of data produced by the Copernicus programme hold great potential for companies, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The Copernicus Masters competition awards outstanding products and applications using Earth observation data to tackle environmental challenges and global challenges – such as climate change.

This year's overall winner aims to change the way nature and biodiversity is valued. Green City Watch can quantify the CO2 uptake of urban green spaces on a global scale, as well as identify and monitor ecological improvements to parks.
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For an overview on the MIRAS instrument anomalies and their impact on the SMOS mission data availability see Experienced MIRAS Anomalies and Mission Impact.

Detailed SMOS unavailability and anomalies reports are produced by the SMOS Flight Operation (FOS) team and are available here:

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