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Living Planet Symposium 2016

06 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.

EOHelp will be present at the Living Planet Symposium in the exhibition hall.

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Envisat - SCIAMACHY: New Level 1b dataset version 8 available

06 May 2016

The Level 1b re-processing campaign of the full Envisat-SCIAMACHY mission (from 02/08/2002 up to 08/04/2012) has been completed with the instrument processor version 8.

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Visualisation tool for Swarm data now open for users

05 May 2016

A new visualisation tool GOCE-Swarm Exploration Platform (GSEP) for Swarm data is now available for all interested users.

New Swarm Level 2 core field products released

02 May 2016

The second release of the Swarm core field models is now available to users. The new products are based on Swarm magnetic data covering the period from launch to the end of 2015, i.e. 10 additional months in comparison to the first release.

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Ready to build the Biomass forest mission

03 May 2016

ESA and Airbus Defence and Space UK signed a €229 million contract on 29 April to build the next Earth Explorer: the Biomass satellite, due to begin its mission in 2021.

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Lake Chad, Africa

03 May 2016

This composite of Proba-V images from 2014, 2015 and 2016 shows Lake Chad. Once one of the largest lakes in the world, this African lake has shrunk dramatically over the last few decades.

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Prague - Living Planet Symposium 2016

This year's ESA Living Planet Symposium will take place in Prague from 9-13 May 2016. To celebrate the event, this Sentinel image comparison features the city - the capital of the Czech Republic - as seen by Sentinel-1 and 2 earlier this year and highlights the difference in acquisition modes of the two satellites.

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Preview of BRAT revamp at the LPS 2016

05 May 2016

The redesign of the Broadview Radar Altimetry Tutorial and Toolbox (BRAT) will be presented at the ESA Living Planet Symposium in Prague (09-13 May 2016).

The tutorial and the toolbox can be accessed via the BRAT website.

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Zachariae glacier

06 May 2016

This image taken over part of northwest Greenland's coast combines three images from Sentinel-1A's radar on 15 February, 10 March and 3 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.

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2nd International workshop on Air-Sea Gas Flux Climatology

06 - 09 September 2016

The 2nd International workshop on Air-Sea Gas Flux Climatology follows on from the first successful workshop that was held 2013. This is highly interdisciplinary workshop aimed at bringing the multiple communities studying air-sea exchange and gas fluxes together to discuss common, aims, goals and challenges. The workshop aims to bring together the in situ, remote sensing and modelling scientific communities and funding bodies.


For interest - the workshop report and programme from the first workshop is available here.

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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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1st ESA Advanced Training Course on Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere

12 - 16 September 2016

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a new advanced Cryosphere Training Course devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO Missions (e.g. the Sentinels) for science and applications development.

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3rd Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop

21 - 22 September 2016

The 3rd Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application workshop will be held in New York City, USA, from 21 to 22 September 2016 (the exact location has yet to be decided).

The objective of this workshop series is to discuss and reconcile methodological advances in the validation and application of global satellite soil moisture data.

The workshop is unique in that it brings together satellite soil moisture users and developers to focus on both the derivation and exploration of soil moisture data from both passive and active microwave satellite missions (SMAP, SMOS, ASCAT, AMSR-2, Sentinel-1, and other legacy missions).


Please note that this workshop will follow a SMAP Cal/Val Workshop on 19 and 20 September 2016 that will be held in Manhattan and is open to all that are interested in SMAP.

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International workshop on measuring high-wind speeds over the ocean

15 - 17 November 2016

A three day workshop on the science and applications of remotely-sensed ocean surface winds, with a focus on high or extreme wind speeds. The workshop will be held at the Met Office headquarters in the cathedral city of Exeter, United Kingdom, from 15 to 17 November 2016.

Topics will include:

  • Status of monitoring ocean-surface winds from space: current and future instruments
  • Methods and models for retrieving high winds from satellite observing systems
  • Ocean surface wind products, synergies, and validation of high wind speeds
  • Applications for ocean-atmosphere interactions
  • Applications for numerical weather prediction (NWP)
  • Applications for tropical cyclone and extra-tropical storms
  • Climate applications