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CryoSat New Geographical Mask in support to the French/US SWOT mission

05 July 2019

A new Geographical Mode Mask (v 4.0) will be operational from week 34 (19 to 26 August 2019) onwards. The mask is the basis of the CryoSat mission planning and defines the mode switching of the SIRAL instrument while the satellite revolves around the Earth. 

CryoSat magnetometer data now available to support Swarm Sciences

05 July 2019

We are pleased to announce the new release of magnetic field data recorded by Fluxgate magnetometers operating on-board ESA's CryoSat mission.

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Rare lava lake

04 July 2019

Mount Michael is an active stratovolcano on the remote Saunders Island, one of the South Sandwich Islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean. In situ observations of the volcano prove difficult owing to its remote location and the fact that it is almost 1000 m high and difficult to climb. However, modern satellite imagery can help survey isolated locations such as these.

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German wildfire

02 July 2019

On 30 June, a wildfire broke out at a military training site in Lübtheen, in northern Germany. Emergency services had difficulties containing the site, owing to unexploded munitions from military activities going back as far as World War II. 

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Surviving the shaker brings better weather forecasting a step closer

02 July 2019

With the first in the next generation of Meteosat satellites due to be launched in a couple of years, an important milestone has been passed, further paving the way for better weather forecasts – something on which we all rely.

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03 July 2019

Join ESA's Φ-week on 9–13 September to hear all about the latest trends in Earth observation and to explore the space business of tomorrow.

Registration closes 25 July.

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Irminger Sea ice swirl

05 July 2019

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over a swirl of sea ice off the east coast of Greenland in the Irminger Sea, which is just south of the Denmark Strait between Greenland and Iceland.

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Dhofar, Oman

01 July 2019

On 19 March 2014 and 30 March 2018, Proba-V observed a wadi system in the Dhofar region of Oman.

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Earth Explorer-9 User Consultation Meeting

16 - 17 July 2019

The Earth observation scientific community is invited to participate in a European Space Agency (ESA) User Consultation Meeting at the Robinson College, University of Cambridge in Cambridge, United Kingdom on 16–17 July 2019. This consultation forms a critical input to the decision-making process that will lead to the selection of ESA's ninth Earth Explorer mission.

 

Two candidate Earth Explorer fast-track missions – FORUM and SKIM – have been undergoing feasibility studies since November 2017, the conclusions of which are detailed in corresponding Reports for Mission Selection which will be published in June 2019.

 

Thanks to new technical developments, the Far-infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM) candidate would measure radiation emitted from Earth across the entire far-infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Significantly, it measures in the 15–100 micron range, which has never previously been achieved from space.

 

Please note that since space is limited at the meeting, it is advised to register as soon as possible.

 

Registration is open.

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SI-Traceable Space-based Climate Observing System Workshop

9 - 11 September 2019

A CEOS WMO-GSICS workshop will be hosted by the UK Space Agency at National Physical Laboratory (NPL), London, UK from 09 to 11 September 2019.

 

Recent years have seen an increasing urgency from international coordinating bodies such as CEOS, WMO-GSICS, GCOS, climate researchers, and policy makers to establish a space-based climate observing system capable of unambiguously monitoring indicators of change in the Earth's climate, as needed for international mitigation strategies such as the 2015 Paris climate accord. Such an observing system requires the combined and coordinated efforts of the world's space agencies.

 

To deliver data that can be considered unequivocal on decadal timescales, facilitating policy makers to make decisions in a timely manner, requires improvements to heritage, existing, and in-development space assets. In particular, observations spanning the electromagnetic spectrum from the near-UV to microwave need to be of sufficient accuracy and duration, traceable to the International System of Units (SI), and sampled to ensure global representation in order to detect change in as short a timescale as possible. The harshness of launch and the space environment has to date limited any satellite mission's ability to robustly demonstrate SI traceability on-orbit at the accuracy and confidence levels needed.

 

An order of magnitude improvement is typically required for robust climate observations. Although not as demanding in terms of long-term accuracies, implementing such a system also facilitates improvements to operational applications, particularly where data harmonisation enables ‘information on-demand' for a wider range of applications such as health, a sustainable food supply, and pollution.

 

Bringing together experts from space agencies, industry, academia, and policy makers, the intent of this international workshop is a community strategy to quantify the benefits and consequential specifications of a space-based climate observing system along with a roadmap to implementation. 

 

Pre-registration for this open workshop is required for the venue.

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SPIE Remote Sensing

9 - 12 September 2019

The 2019 SPIE Remote Sensing symposium will be held at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès in Strasbourg, France, from 9 to 12 September 2019.

 

The event, Co-located with SPIE Security + Defence, will offers engineers, scientists, programme managers and policy makers access to the latest developments in Earth observation, next generation satellites, atmospheric propagation, and imaging analytics. 

 

More details can be found in the event programme.

 

Early registration deadline: 19 August 2019

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ESA Earth Observation Φ-week 2019

9 - 13 September 2019

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a Φ-week event focusing on EO Open Science and FutureEO - to review the latest developments in Open Science trends.

 

The Φ-week, to be held at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 9 to 13 September 2019, will include a variety of events (e.g. inspiring talks, workshops, roundtables, startup pitch, hackathons) to connect multi-disciplinary communities - from EO researchers, data scientists, non-space corporates, tech leaders, entrepreneurs, up to startup and innovators - to explore together how EO Open Science and innovation can benefit from the latest digital technologies, and help shape FutureEO missions and services.

 

The conference is open to:

  • Scientists, educators, developers and students working in the fields covered by EO Science
  • Representatives from National, European and International space and value adding industry interested in the new EO Science approach and activities
  • EO start-up.

 

Poster presenters will be invited to provide a short video presenting highlights from their work. The video shall be delivered to phiweek@esa.int via wetransfer protocol by 2 September 2019, in order to ensure its publication and diffusion by the date of the event.

 

Registration deadline: 25 July 2019

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Advanced Ocean Training Course 2019

04 - 08 November 2019

ESA, in cooperation with the Technical University of Crete, is organising an advanced Ocean Synergy Training Course devoted to training the next generation of Earth Observation scientists to exploit data from ESA and Third Party Mission instruments for ocean science and application development (e.g. with the Copernicus Sentinels). The course will be held at the Venetian Arsenali building at the Center of Mediterranean Architecture, Chania, in Crete (Greece) from 04 to 08 November 2019.

 

Using a series of lectures and laboratory classes, group-work and discussion, the aim of the course is to develop new skills in the application of complementary satellite ocean remote sensing data sets and their application in synergy for science and applications serving society.

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Copernicus Sentinel-5 Precursor Validation Team Workshop

11 - 14 November 2019

The purpose of this workshop is to gather feedback from the S5PVT about the uncertainty characterisation of all Sentinel-5P products that have been released to the public by the time of the S5PVT Workshop.

 

The objectives of the S5PVT workshop are to:

  • provide validation teams an up-to-date overview of the Sentinel-5P mission
  • present S5PVT calibration/validation results about the Sentinel-5P core products
  • assess the usefulness of Sentinel-5P core products for dedicated applications
  • discuss possible improved uncertainty characterization of the Sentinel-5P core products
  • foster cooperation and synergies among Cal/Val teams.