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Africa classified

03 October 2017

From the barren Sahara to lush jungles, the first high-resolution map classifying land cover types on the entire African continent has been released. The map was created using a year's worth of data from the Sentinel-2A satellite.

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Sentinel-5P sealed from view

04 October 2017

As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-5P continue on track, the team at Russia's Plesetsk site has bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Rockot fairing. Liftoff is set for 13 October at 09:27 GMT.

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Abstract submission opens for Proba-V Symposium 2018

04 October 2017

The abstract submission for the Proba-V Symposium 2018 opened on 05 October 2017; the deadline for the submission of abstracts is 16 November 2017.

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EarthCARE Cal/Val AO - Deadline approaching

25 September 2017

ESA released an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) Call for the External Calibration and Validation of the EarthCARE products on 15 June 2017.


This is a reminder for all interested users that the deadline for submitting proposals is approaching, on 15 October 2017.

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ERS-2 WindScatt Level-2 data now in NetCDF format

25 September 2017

The ERS-2 Scatterometer Level 2.0 reprocessed dataset has now been enriched with ASPS products and converted into NetCDF format for both nominal (25 Km grid space) and high (12.5 Km grid space) resolution.

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Ideas wanted in science for society

04 October 2017

ESA is offering over 100 opportunities for industry, start-ups and scientific institutions to develop innovative ideas that bring Earth observation science closer to society.

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EOLI-SA - New version 9.7.1 released

05 October 2017

A new version of the EOLI-SA Catalogue (v 9.7.1) has been released and is available for download now.

Users are recommended to upgrade their client to this latest version at the earliest convenience.

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Santiago, Chile

02 October 2017


To mark World Habitat Day on the first Monday of October, this Proba-V image features Santiago, the capital of Chile, amidst the surrounding mountains. Santiago faced a tremendous population increase from 1 million in 1940 to over 6 million today - making it the most densely populated metropolitan region in Chile.

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales, Australia, is featured in this Landsat comparison. This Landsat-7 and -8 image comparison illustrates the growth of this city since 2009.

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Larsen Ice Shelf

06 October 2017

The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite takes us over the Antarctic Peninsula and the adjacent Larsen Ice Shelf, from which a massive iceberg broke off in July.

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FRM4STS International Workshop

16 - 18 October 2017

The objective of the ESA sponsored "International Workshop on fiducial reference measurements for satellite-derived surface temperature" is to bring together the world's expertise in Earth surface (Land, Water, Ice) temperature measurements under the auspices of Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) to review the current state of the art in measurement accuracy for satellite validation.

The workshop which will take place from 16 to 18 October 2017 at National Physical Laboratory (NPL), UK, will consider the needs of current and future satellite missions and their applications together with the outputs and results from the recent CEOS comparison of fiducial reference measurements/instruments and will look to conclude with the development of an internationally coordinated strategy to ensure that the global reference measurement infrastructure is adequate to meet the future needs and aspirations of all users.

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Workshop on uncertainties in remote sensing

24 - 25 October 2017

The Workshop on Uncertainties in Remote Sensing will be held at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, on 24 and 25 October 2017.

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Make a status on the 'state of the art' in Uncertainties in Remote Sensing
  • Present the theory of uncertainties in remote sensing
  • Discuss the meaning and the differences among different methodologies
  • Illustrate with current examples and discuss the limitations and the evolution
  • Discuss the validation of uncertainties
  • Get recommendations and discuss a roadmap for implementation in the "operational" missions

Further information and the latest version of the workshop program are available on the SPPA website.

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European Space Week

03 - 09 November 2017

The European Space Week 2017 is organised by the European Commission under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and co-organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and Garage48.

The event is conceived to be a constellation of events taking place in nine different locations in Tallinn, Estonia from 03 to 09 November 2017.

It will foster interactions between the space and digital community, and provide visibility to the rapidly changing space sector, its applications and the European Union's Space Programmes Copernicus and Galileo. Central aim is to bring together the most important European space stakeholders, companies, partners and visionaries pushing the topic of space in Europe and beyond.

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Conference on Big Data from Space - BiDS'17

28 - 30 November 2017

Big Data from Space refers to the massive spatio-temporal Earth and Space observation data collected by space-borne and ground based sensors, and to synergetic use of data coming from other sources and communities. This domain is currently facing sharp development with numerous new initiatives and breakthroughs ranging from intelligent sensors to data science. These developments are empowering new approaches and applications in various and diverse domains influencing life on Earth, from sensing cities, monitoring human settlements and urban areas to climate change and security.

The objective of this conference is to stimulate interactions and bring together researchers, engineers, users, infrastructure and service providers, interested in exploiting Big Data from Space.

The BiDS'17 Conference is co-organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, and the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen). BiDS'17 will be hosted by the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) in Toulouse.

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Using Low Frequency Passive Microwave Measurements in Research and Operational Applications

04 - 06 December 2017

The ECMWF/ESA workshop on Using Low Frequency Passive Microwave Measurements in Research and Operational Applications will take place at ECMWF in Reading, UK, from 04 to 06 December 2017.

The workshop will look at applications that can benefit from the synergistic exploitation of low frequency passive microwave measurements but also on the combined usage of active and passive observations. Four topical areas will be addressed: Sea ice and predictability in Polar Regions, sea surface salinity and ocean circulation, soil moisture and flood forecasting, weather forecasting and climate monitoring.

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LPVE2018 - Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution

27 February - 01 March 2018

Following the successful LPVE 2014, the European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting scientists and Cal/Val experts to present the latest results from their on-going research, including the evolution of products, the latest development in validation, the inter-comparison methodologies and the evolution of algorithms, at the 2018 Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution (LPVE 2018).

The workshop will be held at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 27 February to 01 March 2018; it intends to address the following objectives:

  • Provide an overview on current land product Cal/Val approaches and protocols and their evolution
  • Revisit existing calibration and validation protocols and standards in the light of newly available satellite data, including Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3
  • Present land product inter-comparison methodologies (in situ, satellite-satellite)
  • Discuss data harmonisation approaches across sensors
  • Identify key recommendations for ESA land product algorithm evolution
  • Formulate recommendations for future land products and future Cal/Val activities
  • Encourage close collaboration between Cal/Val and research groups

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MicroRad 2018

27 - 30 March 2018

The 15th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment (MicroRad 2018) will be held from 27 to 30 March 2018 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

MicroRad 2018 is an international forum for presenting recent achievements in instrumentation and engineering as well as scientific applications of microwave radiometry. MicroRad 2018 is sponsored by the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Microwave Remote Sensing Center (MRSC-CeTeM) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Proceedings from the MicroRad conference will be archived by IEEE in IEEE Xplore. A special issue/section of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS) is planned for the publication of original and peer-reviewed papers presented at the meeting.

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Proba-V Symposium 2018

29 - 31 May 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) in cooperation with the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) have organised the second Proba-V Symposium, which will take place in Ostend, Belgium, from 29 to 31 May 2018.

The symposium will promote the scientific and operational exploitation of Proba-V data and is open to Proba-V users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries.

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ESA advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere 2018

11 - 16 June 2018

As part of the Earth Observation (EO) Science for Society – Scientific Exploitation element of EOEP-5 program, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere, devoted to train the next generation of scientists and specialists to exploit EO data for science and applications.

Postgraduate-level, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from Europe and Canada interested in applications of remote sensing of the Cryosphere are welcome to apply to the 6-day course, held at University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, from 11 to 16 June 2018.