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Experimental SMOS Sea Surface Salinity maps of the Mediterranean Sea

01 December 2015

ESA would like to inform the SMOS data user community about new experimental level 3 and level 4 sea surface salinity products over the Mediterranean Sea available from the SMOS Barcelona Expert Centre (SMOS-BEC, CP34).

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Sentinel-3A taking final steps to launch

03 December 2015

After an eventful journey to Russia, by plane, lorry and train, the Sentinel-3A satellite is safe and sound in the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia, for lift-off next month.

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CryoSat Baseline C reprocessed data released

03 December 2015

CryoSat users are informed that a new set of Baseline C reprocessed data have been just released on the Science Server. In summary, the following Baseline C reprocessed data are currently available: Level 1 and Level 2 covering November and December 2010; Level 1 covering the period between January to July 2011.

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RapidEye Take 5 dataset is moving home!

04 December 2015

The dataset of RapidEye Take 5 is moving under the new home, first step for its integration with the ESA dissemination service. The new FTP server is: tpm-ds.eo.esa.int

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Farmers benefit from satellite coverage

02 December 2015

Farmers can now call on the latest satellite information using the unique TalkingFields service to get the best from their land while cutting the environmental cost.

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ESA and World Bank hand-in-hand

03 December 2015

Today at the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris, the World Bank and ESA signed an agreement on using information from Earth observation satellites in support of sustainable development.

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Georgina River, Australia

01 December 2015


This 100 m false-colour Proba-V image of 16 March 2015 shows the intertwined streams of the Georgina River in red, meandering through the central Australian desert.

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Dutch mosaic

04 December 2015

This image is a mosaic based on Sentinel-1A satellite coverage of the Netherlands in three scans during March 2015.

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Proba-V Symposium

26 - 28 January 2016

The European Space Agency (ESA) in cooperation with the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is organising an event dedicated to the scientific and operational exploitation of Proba-V mission. The event, entitled "Proba-V Symposium", will be hosted in Ghent (Belgium), in the Mariott Hotel, from 26 to 28 January 2016. The Symposium is open to Proba-V users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries.

The main objectives of the workshop are:

  • Gather and foster the Proba-V scientific and user community
  • Present the Proba-V mission status, calibration results, algorithms and products quality
  • Provide a forum for investigators to report and discuss results of on-going science activities using Proba-V data
  • Provide a forum for international exchange on land, inland/coastal water and cryosphere applications
  • Report on and promote the use of Proba-V data for downstream operational services
  • Consult scientists to formulate community recommendations for algorithm and products improvements

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Scatterometer Science Conference

02 - 04 February 2016

The European Space Agency (ESA) together with the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), have jointly organised a science conference on spaceborne scatterometers to take place from 2 to 4 February 2016 at ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Today scatterometers are used operationally for wind, soil moisture and sea ice applications. The conference will provide an open forum focusing on the major challenges of scatterometry bringing together experts from science, applications and industry.

Specifically, the conference aims at promoting recent advances in C-band scatterometry and to prepare for the development and exploitation of MetOp-SG scatterometer data.

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2016 Conference on Big Data from Space (BiDS)

15 - 17 March 2016

This conference, jointly organised by ESA, SatCen, and JRC, in collaboration with the IAC, PCTT and the Council of Tenerife, aims to bring together researchers, engineers, and users in the area of Big Data from Space.

The conference shall take place at the Auditorio de Tenerife, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, from 15 to 17 March 2016.

The focus is on the whole data lifecycle, ranging from data acquisition by space-borne and ground-based sensors to data management, analysis and exploitation, and on the Infrastructures and Services for Big Data. Contributions are invited to the Big Data from Space Conference on all the aspects related to data volume, velocity, variety, veracity and value.

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MicroRad 2016

11 - 14 April 2016

The 14th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment (MicroRad 2016) will take place from 11 to 14 April 2016, on Aalto University Campus, Espoo, Finland.

MicroRad is a unique gathering where the microwave radiometry community has an opportunity to present new designs, research results, technological advances and unique innovations in the field of passive microwave remote sensing. The meeting will cover wide radiometry applications and fields such as soil moisture and state, ocean salinity, cryosphere, ocean dynamics, sounding, radiometer calibration, radio frequency interference issues, new technologies etc. The meeting is expected to attract scientists and engineers from all over the world.

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2nd EARSeL SIG LU/LC and NASA LCLUC joint workshop

06 - 07 May 2016

The EARSeL Special Interest Group on Land Use and Land Cover (SIG LU/LC) and NASA Land-Cover/Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Program are organising their 2nd joint workshop "Advancing horizons for land cover services entering the big data era".

The event will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on 6 and 7 May 2016.

The workshop will be conceptually linked with and support the objectives of the ESA Living Planet Symposium 2016, which follows the workshop on 9 to 13 May 2016, as a brainstorming preparation.

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Living Planet Symposium 2016

09 - 13 May 2016

The 2016 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 09 to 13 May 2016. It is organised with the support of the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.

The event, which in 2013 attracted 1800 participants, will focus on the exploitation of satellite data in various thematic domains: Atmosphere, Oceanography, Cryosphere, Land, Hazards, Climate and Meteorology, Solid Earth/Geodesy, Near-Earth Environment, New Methodologies and Products, Open Science 2.0.

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Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science 2016

10 - 13 May 2016

The Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science 2016 conference will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 10 to 13 May 2016. The event is jointly organised by the European Space Agency and the Climate and Cryosphere Project.

The purpose of this topical conference is to advance our knowledge on the potential offered by EO technology to answer some of the major open questions in cryosphere science; to review the latest developments on advanced EO-based geo-information data products addressing key cryosphere processes; and identify the major scientific requirements and challenges of the cryosphere scientific community for the coming years where EO may contribute.


Registration deadline: 22 April 2016

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Colour and Light in the Ocean from Earth Observation (CLEO)

06 - 08 September 2016

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, and PML are organising a workshop, called Colour and Light in the Ocean from Earth Observation: Relevance and Applications; Products from Space and Perspectives from Models hosted at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy from 6 to 8 September 2016.