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Full Envisat ASAR AP data archive available via the ESA On-The-Fly service

30 August 2016

In addition to the newly released ASAR Image Mode (IM) data, the ASAR Alternating Polarisation Mode (AP) archive for the entire Envisat mission has now been included for data processing and download via the new (A)SAR On-The-Fly (OTF) service.

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Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite hit by space particle

31 August 2016

ESA engineers have discovered that a solar panel on the Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite was hit by a millimetre-size particle in orbit on 23 August. Thanks to onboard cameras, ground controllers were able to identify the affected area. So far, there has been no effect on the satellite's routine operations.

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Sentinel-1 provides new insight into Italy's earthquake

29 August 2016

On 24 August, an earthquake struck central Italy, claiming at least 290 lives and causing widespread damage. Satellite images are being used to help emergency aid organisations, while scientists have begun to analyse ground movement.

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FLEX takes on mutants

25 August 2016

If a plant isn't green it doesn't mean it can't photosynthesise as well as its more usual counterpart, but when measured by satellites, these non-green varieties skew results on plant health. FLEX is different. Experiments using 'mutants' show that colour won't be an obstacle in this new mission's task of mapping plant health from space.

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First satellite-based wildlife monitoring tool for airports

29 August 2016

Wildlife habitats close to airports pose a serious risk to safety at takeoff and landing. Thanks to ESA, a new service lets airports use satellites to identify and manage these areas.

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California fires

26 August 2016

This Landsat 8 image comparison shows a wildfire raging through drought-parched canyons near Cajon Pass in Southern California, which has forced the mandatory evacuation of thousands of people.

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Mission Exploitation Platform - Proba-V

30 August 2016


This Proba-V image is an example of what the Mission Exploitation Platform is capable of. The N-daily Compositor service produces on-demand composites from Proba-V data, from any part of the world and within a time period chosen by the user.

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Upsala glacier

02 September 2016

The Upsala Glacier in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park is pictured in this Sentinel-2A image from 22 January 2016.

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ESA EO Open Science Conference

12 - 16 September 2016

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising the second Earth Observation Open Science community consultation at ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) from 12 to 14 September 2016 to explore the new challenges and opportunities for EO research created by the rapid advances in digital technologies.

These include open tools and software, data-intensive science, virtual research environment, citizen science, advanced visualization, and e-education of the new generation of Data scientists.

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CLIVAR Open Science Conference

18 - 25 September 2016

The CLIVAR Open Science Conference will be held in Qingdao, China, from 18 to 25 September 2016.

The objectives of the CLIVAR Open Science Conference are to:

  • Review progress toward improved understanding of the dynamics, the interaction, and the predictability of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system
  • Shape ideas to meet emerging ocean and climate science challenges
  • Engage with the future generation of climate scientists
  • Identify key climate research and stakeholder issues
  • Develop and strengthen collaborations across nations, disciplines and age groups and promote integrative studies.

In addition to the main event, an Early Career Scientists Symposium will take place on the weekends before and after the main Conference.

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Horizon 2020 Space Information Day

04 - 05 October 2016

Horizon 2020 - the EU Framework Research and Innovation Programme for the years 2014-2020 - continues for the third consecutive year boosting innovation, knowledge and growth. This year's edition will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 04 to 05 October 2016.


The 2-day event will feature a unique blend of technical sessions, networking opportunities, and learning exchange possibilities, covering administrative, technical and legal aspects of the Programme, as well as the lessons learned from previous calls.

The event is a unique opportunity to meet an outstanding line up of speakers from policy-making to industry and user community representatives. It will also involve the Horizon 2020 3rd Call for proposals, segments, opportunities, success stories, do's and dont's. You may also connect, with peers, partners, stakeholders, and the user community involved in shaping the future of EGNSS.

The event is organised by the network of National Contact Points (NCP) for Space: COSMOS2020, with the support of the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

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Atmospheric Composition Validation and Evolution 2016

18 - 20 October 2016

The European Space Agency is organising the fifth workshop on Atmospheric Composition Validation and Calibration activities, providing science and Cal/Val experts with the opportunity to present their latest results of their ongoing research and application developments including evolution aspects of the validation methods for future satellite missions.

The conference will be held at ESRIN in Frascati, Italy, from 18 to 20 October 2016.

During the workshop the status of the recently reprocessed data sets from atmospheric instruments on ERS-2, Envisat and the data sets of Metop and ESA Third Party Missions shall be presented. Evolution aspects of the workshop will focus on ground based validation networks and their development in view of the Sentinel and Earth Explorer (EarthCARE and ADM-Aeolus) operations as well as Fiducial Reference Measurements. Furthermore, the workshop shall provide the opportunity to address evolution aspects of the Sentinel-3/ Sentinel-5 Precursor products for atmospheric applications.

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2nd ESA training course on ocean multi-sensor synergy

25 - 26 October 2016

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising Multi-Sensor Synergy Training, focused on introducing new and efficient ways to process and exploit satellite data.

Participants will be trained in how to utilise satellite remote sensing data and multi-sensor synergy in view of the state of the art operational and explorer satellite missions.

The event will be hosted at the Politehnica University Timisoara, Romania, from 25 to 26 October 2016.

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Ocean salinity and water cycle variability session at AGU Fall Meeting 2016

12 - 16 December 2016

The "Ocean salinity, water cycle variability and science results from satellite measurements" session will take place at the AGU Fall Meeting 2016 in San Francisco, USA, from 12 to 16 December 2016. With approximately 24,000 attendees in 2015, AGU's Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.

This session highlights research investigating ocean salinity, an Essential Climate Variable (ECV), as a key parameter that links various elements of the water cycle to ocean circulation dynamics and climate. Contributions are invited on all aspects of ocean salinity investigations, including analyses undertaken from in situ and satellite observations, numerical models, and data assimilation. We particularly welcome contributions that have utilised sea surface salinity (SSS) measurements from the recent pathfinder satellite missions (SMOS, Aquarius/SAC-D, and SMAP).

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FLEX 2017 workshop

17 - 19 January 2017

The ‘Remote sensing of fluorescence, photosynthesis and vegetation status' or FLEX 2017 workshop will take place at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy from 17 to 19 January 2017.

The Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) was selected as ESA's 8th Earth Explorer mission to provide information on terrestrial vegetation layer and plant health. FLEX will fly in formation with the Sentinel-3 satellite(s), making use of both Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 observations, with a planned launch being foreseen in the 2022+ timeframe.

This workshop will bring together remote sensing experts and potential users, exploring the new observation capabilities provided by the FLEX, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 missions as well as synergies.

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Workshop on Vicarious Adjustment

21 - 23 February 2017

The European Space Agency is organising the "Workshop on Vicarious Adjustment". The event will be hosted at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy from 21 to 23 February 2017. The objective of this workshop is to gather experts in the different fields involved in vicarious adjustment and open a wide range debate on the best way to go for future long term vicarious infrastructure.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched a project called Fiducial Reference Measurements for Satellite Ocean Colour (FRM4SOC). Led by Tartu Observatory Estonia, FRM4SOC aims to establish and maintain SI traceability of Fiducial Reference Measurements (FRM) for satellite OCR. To ensure the best possible product delivery to users, ESA is organising this international workshop to evaluate the options for future European satellite OCR vicarious adjustment infrastructure for the Sentinel-3 OLCI and Sentinel-2 MSI series.

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WorldCover 2017 Conference

14 - 16 March 2017

The European Space Agency together with GEO, FAO and EU are organising the WorldCover 2017 Conference to be held at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 14 to 16 March 2017.

The WorldCover 2017 Conference aims to provide scientists and users with the opportunity to present first-hand and up-to-date results from their on-going research and application development activities by using data from past and current satellites. The outcome of the conference will help to further shape the next generation of R&D activities in the frame of ESA Earth Observation Programmes.

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North American CryoSat science meeting and geodetic missions workshop

20 - 24 March 2017

The first North American CryoSat Science Meeting will take place in Banff (Alberta, Canada) from 20 to 24 March 2017.

The meeting will provide a unique and timely forum for scientists and end-users of CryoSat data to share the state-of-the-art in research and applications, review mission achievements and prepare for the continued use of the CryoSat mission in the future. Organised approximately seven years after launch of CryoSat, the meeting will highlight areas where the mission has made significant contribution including cryosphere, oceanography, geodesy, hydrology, topography, meteorology and climate change. Presentations on the use of CryoSat data for operational applications and demonstrations of novel scientific applications are also encouraged. The meeting will be instrumental to outline the international collaboration in the exploitation of data, to propose new scientific requirements, to identify new scientific challenges in view of the extension beyond 2019 and, in general, for its possible successor.

The meeting is held in parallel with the Fourth Swarm science meeting. There will be a one-day joint session to address common thematic applications related to gravimetric applications.

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Fourth Swarm Science Meeting & geodetic missions workshop

20 - 24 March 2017

Jointly with partners in Canada, the European Space Agency is organizing a cornerstone event in the area of exploitation of data from Swarm and geodetic satellite missions, including GOCE, GRACE and future missions. The Fourth Swarm Science Meeting and the accompanying Geodetic Missions Workshop will be held at the Park Lodge Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada alongside the CryoSat North-American Science Meeting from 20 to 24 March 2017.

In these co-located meetings the European Space Agency aims to address science, applications and services in the context of its Earth Explorer series of missions, ranging in focus from the Earth's outer core to the magnetosphere. Specifically, as the Swarm mission is about to complete three years of extremely successful science operations, the meeting will bring together the wider international scientific community to explore and develop scientific and application synergies and to propel the mission into its next phase.

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Fringe 2017

05 - 09 June 2017

The European Space Agency is organising Fringe 2017, the 10th International Workshop on "Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry and Sentinel-1 InSAR".

The event will be hosted at the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, from 05 to 09 June 2017.

Fringe 2017 is a free workshop, and it is open to ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-1 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industries.