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Botswana wetlands

02 February 2017

To mark World Wetlands Day, this Copernicus Sentinel-2A image features the Okavango Delta on 2 December 2016.

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Crack in Larsen ice shelf

30 January 2017

With its radar vision, Sentinel-1 is monitoring a rift in the Larsen-C ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula that will eventually calve one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded.

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Wind satellite heads for final testing

30 January 2017

The road to realising ESA's Aeolus mission may have been long and bumpy, but developing novel space technology is, by its very nature, challenging. With the satellite now equipped with its revolutionary instrument, the path ahead is much smoother as it heads to France to begin the last round of tests before being shipped to the launch site at the end of the year.

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Sentinels and FLEX join forces

26 January 2017

ESA's Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) mission will orbit in tandem with one of the Copernicus constellation satellites. Taking advantage of Sentinel-3's optical and thermal sensors will lead to an integrated package of measurements to assess plant health. With the Sentinel-2 satellites also in orbit, there is a unique opportunity of using this data synergistically from all three missions for vegetation studies.

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Anatomy of a debris incident

01 February 2017

A space debris avoidance manoeuvre planned for ESA's Swarm mission proved unnecessary last week, but the close encounter highlighted the growing risk from space debris.

Changes introduced in Swarm product filename extension

19 January 2017

We inform the Swarm users that starting from today, 19 January 2017 at 11:00 UTC, a number of changes have been introduced in the Swarm data production to rationalise the product's filename extensions. There are no changes to files which have already been disseminated.

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Musa Bay, Iran

03 February 2017

Iran's Musa Bay on the northern end of the Persian Gulf is pictured in this image from the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite on 13 January 2017.

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The changing Aral Sea

This Landsat image comparison shows dramatic changes to the Aral Sea in Central Asia. Acquired 16 years apart by Landsat 7 and 8, the images show how this lake - formerly one of the largest in the world - is steadily disappearing.

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Wildfires across the Pampas, Argentina

31 January 2017


This pair of Proba-V images covering the areas of Pampas, grasslands located in northern Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil show the vast extent of fires which struck Argentina in late 2016.

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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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Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment

20 - 23 March 2017

The Organising Committee of the Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment invite you to join them in Cyprus from 20 to 23 March 2017 to network with leading experts in the field of Remote Sensing and Geo-information.


The Technical Program is open to all topics in Remote Sensing and Geo-information of Environment and related techniques and applications.

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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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ADM-Aeolus CAL/VAL Workshop

28 - 30 March 2017

Co-organised by ESA and MeteoFrance and supported by CNES, the ADM-Aeolus Cal/Val Workshop will be held at the Centre International de Conférences in Toulouse, France, from 28 to 30 March 2017. The objective of the workshop is to prepare the Aeolus CAL/VAL activities and teams for the Aeolus launch in late 2017.


During the workshop, the organization and readiness of the ADM-Aeolus CAL/VAL activities and teams will be detailed and exercised. These activities will be instrumental to the mission calibration and validation in-flight, and are launched to ensure and demonstrate that ADM-Aeolus will meet its mission requirements. ESA is currently implementing the Doppler Wind Lidar mission 'ADM-Aeolus' as part of its Living Planet Programme.

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European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017

23 - 28 April 2017

The General Assembly 2017 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is scheduled to take place in Vienna, Austria, from 23 to 28 April 2017, at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) congress center.

The EGU 2017 assembly will, as in its previous editions, bring together geoscientists from all over the world to a unique 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.

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International Ocean Colour Science Meeting

15 - 18 May 2017

The third International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) meeting will take place from 15 to 18 May 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal, followed by a Copernicus marine data stream training event on 19 May 2017.

IOCS-2017 is being convened by the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) in partnership with, and thanks to sponsorship from, EUMETSAT, ESA, the European Commission and NASA, and with the support of all the IOCCG-sponsoring agencies and organisations.

The overarching theme of IOCS-2017 is "Exploring New Capabilities for Global Ocean Colour Observations" with the overall goal of nurturing a strong global user community for ocean colour science and applications, and fostering exchange between the ocean colour research community and international space agencies with an interest in ocean colour science.

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Global Ocean Salinity and the Water Cycle Workshop

22 - 26 May 2017

The 'Global Ocean Salinity and the Water Cycle' Workshop will be held at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusets, USA, from 22 to 26 May 2017.


The oceans are the largest reservoir in the global water cycle and the ultimate source of all rainfall. Sea surface salinity responds directly to the net gain or loss of water at the ocean surface. Significant progress in monitoring the global ocean salinity field has been made in recent decades with both in-situ and satellite technology.

These new observing capabilities are leading to new insights into the connectivity between the upper ocean salinity and the global water cycle. The ocean salinity field has emerged as a superior indicator of change in the water cycle and can provide new predictive capabilities for rainfall on land. Thus, it is important to promote and sustain salinity observations and the understanding of how salinity variability originates and its role in the physics of the upper ocean.

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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.