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Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
06-Mar-2012 52390 ASA_IM_IS1_VV


Earth Watching activities

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  • Etna Volcano (Italy)
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Following the execution of the Envisat Orbit Control Manoeuvre (OCM) which took place from 29 February to 01 March 2012, the precise instrument unavailability periods have been registered.

  • GOMOS from 01-Mar 2012 03:38:13 to 1-Mar 2012 05:27:31 UTC
  • SCIAMACHY from 29-Feb 2012 21:16:34 to 1-Mar 2012 06:47:06 UTC
  • AATSR from 29-Feb 2012 22:21:04 to 1-Mar 2012 06:00:00 UTC
  • MIPAS from 29-Feb 2012 22:18:05 to 1-Mar 2012 06:00:00 UTC
  • ASAR from 29-Feb 2012 20:39:00 to 1-Mar 2012 06:03:29 UTC

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Historical view

West Africa's coast along the Atlantic Ocean is pictured in this first image from Envisat's MERIS instrument nearly a decade ago.

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Sentinel-3 Calibration Validation Planning Meeting

20 - 22 March 2012

ESA and EUMETSAT are jointly organising a Workshop on Sentinel-3 Calibration and Validation planning which will be held in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. 
This meeting will present an overview and status of Sentinel-3 calibration and validation activities, review the Draft Sentinel-3 Calibration/Validation Plan (CVP), seek lessons learned feedback and inputs from previous R&D and operational missions. The calibration and validation community will provide Sentinel-3 teams with prioritized recommendations to ensure an effective and successful mission cal/val outcome.
Particular emphasis will be given to operational cal/val issues and associated activities.

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SeaSAR 2012 Workshop

18 - 22 June 2012

The European Space Agency and the Norwegian Space Centre are jointly organising the fourth SAR oceanography workshop, SEASAR 2012, entitled "Advances in SAR Oceanography", which is to be hosted in Tromso, Norway, from 18 to 22 June 2012.

The workshop is open to scientists and students in the field of SAR oceanography including ESA Principle Investigators and co-investigators, to users of data from future SAR missions like Sentinel-1 and Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) and to representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industry.


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GlobTemperature - User Consultation Meeting

27 - 28 June 2012

The aim of this first GlobTemperature User Consultation Meeting which will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, is to survey users' requirements for satellite land surface temperature information.  

The other objective of this meeting is to explore the feasibility of meeting them with available data and techniques, and set a list of priority requirements to be addressed by a potential future GlobTemperature project.

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20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry

24 - 29 September 2012

To mark the 20 year anniversary of the launch of ERS-1 and TOPEX/POSEIDON, ESA, in collaboration with the French Space Agency, CNES, organised a Symposium in Venice, Italy. This event was sponsored by other partner agencies and organisations supporting the development of altimetry.

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3rd MERIS/(A)ATSR & OLCI/SLSTR Preparatory Workshop

15 - 19 October 2012

The European Space Agency, together with Eumetsat, is organising the 3rd MERIS/(A)ATSR and OCLI-SLSTR (Sentinel-3) Preparatory Workshop, which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 15 to 19 October 2012.