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Corrected Swarm magnetic data moved to the "Current" folder on the ESA FTP server

30 April 2015

As already reported here, a set of Swarm magnetic data corrected from external disturbance effects was made available in a dedicated area of the ESA FTP server two weeks ago.

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CryoSat Baseline C ice products are now available

04 May 2015

CryoSat Scientific Users are informed that, as already anticipated last week, the ice OFFL Baseline C official products are now available on the Science Server starting with validity 01 April 2015. On the same server, users can also find the ocean Baseline B products, computed with the same new precise orbit model (GDR-E) used for the ice Baseline C products.

CryoSat rolls in orbit again for calibration

06 May 2015

Today, 06 May 2015, CryoSat will be rolling left and right in orbit again to help continue its precise measurements of the vast ice sheets that blanket the Greenland and Antarctica areas.

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Remembering Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo

05 May 2015

Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo tragically went missing on 29 April 2015 whilst on expedition in the Canadian High Arctic, in a location near Bathurst Island, some 200 km north of Resolute Bay, Nunavut. It is feared that the two Dutch polar explorers fell through the ice into the water whilst traversing dangerously thin ice in a region of open sea ice.

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The Himalayas, Nepal

06 May 2015


This false-colour 300 m Proba-V image of 23 April 2015 shows from top to bottom the Tibetan plateau, the Himalayan mountains, and the subtropical lowland of southern Nepal and northern India.

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TropForest dataset available online for free

07 May 2015

The TropForest dataset is now freely available online for immediate download to the scientific user community from EU member states, and Switzerland and Norway.

This dataset is the result of the TropForest ESA Data User Element project established in 2010 between the European Space Agency, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) TREES-3 project, and the FAO's UN-REDD programme with the aim to jointly estimate the degree of forest cover change and degradation in the tropical forests of Latin America and South East Asia through the utilisation of earth observation data.

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Join the virtual classroom

04 May 2015

Registration is open for a free online course that provides an introduction to monitoring climate change using satellite Earth observation.

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Calbuco Volcano, Chile

Calbuco Volcano in Chile erupted for the first time in forty years on 22 April 2015. These Landsat and Sentinel-1 images feature the volcano before and during this latest eruption, which affected thousands of people.

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South Georgia Island

08 May 2015

The northeast coast of South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic Ocean is pictured in this Landsat-8 satellite image, acquired on 16 February 2015. Clouds, however, block our view of its southwestern coast.

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Sentinel-3 for Science Workshop

02 - 05 June 2015

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) element, is organising an event dedicated to prepare for scientific exploitation of the Sentinel-3 mission, entitled "Sentinel-3 for Science Workshop", which will be hosted at the Palazzo del Casino in the Lido, Venice, Italy, from 02 to 05 June 2015.

The workshop is open to ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-3 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies and value adding industries. The outcome of this workshop will help to further shape the next generation of R&D activities in the frame of ESA's Earth Observation Programme.

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2015 Dragon 3 Symposium

22 - 26 June 2015

The 2015 Dragon Symposium will take place at the Congress Centre in Interlaken, Switzerland from 22 to 26 June 2015.

The objectives of the 2015 symposium are to report on the Dragon project progress after three years of activity, present results of the research undertaken by young scientists and inform on the outcome of scientific exchange initiatives, inform on EO missions' data exploitation, report on the status of recommendations made at the 2014 Symposium and to prepare for the next phase of Dragon (2016 onwards...)

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4th ESA Advanced Training on Ocean Remote Sensing 2015

07 - 11 September 2015

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

The course will take place at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) in Brest, France, from 07 to 11 September 2015.

The aims of the course are to: Explain theoretical principles of Ocean Colour Radiometry, SST retrievals, SAR and Radar Altimetry principles and applications; Introduce tools and methods for the exploitation of EO satellite data; Stimulate and support the exploitation of the ESA Earth Explorer missions and the Sentinels for ocean remote sensing science and applications.

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3rd Space for Hydrology Workshop

15 - 17 September 2015

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, and CNES is organising a sequel event to Hydrospace2007 held at WMO. This event is the 3rd Space for Hydrology Workshop - Titled "Surface Water Storage and Runoff: Modelling, In-Situ data and Remote Sensing". The workshop will take place from 15 to 17 September 2015 at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy.

The main objectives of the workshop are to prepare for the exploitation of the next generation of altimeters, to bring together hydrologists, both developing models and collecting in-situ data, and space scientists in order to tackle the future challenges in the hydrology of surface water storage and runoff.

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Earth Observation Science 2.0

12 - 14 October 2015

The European Space Agency (ESA) invites you to attend the first EO Science 2.0 conference to be held in ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) from 12 to 14 October 2015 to present your work, share your experience with many scientists across disciplines, and influence the evolution of Earth Observation (EO) science support activities.

EO Science 2.0 refers to the rapid and systematic changes in doing and organising EO science driven by the rapid advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) combined with a growing demand to do Science for Society and Science in Society. Today, rapid exchange of digital information is fostering a new world of data-intensive research, characterised by openness, transparency, reproducibility of results, access to large volume of complex data, availability of community tools and massive computing power, and new collaboration among researchers and new actors such as Citizen Scientists. In this context, this first conference will explore the new challenges and opportunities created by these rapid advances in ICT for EO science and develop a roadmap to address them.

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Earth Observation for Water Cycle Science 2015

20 - 23 October 2015

The European Space Agency is jointly organising, with GEWEX, a conference on the global water cycle. The conference will take place from 20 to 23 October 2015 at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy.

The purpose of this topical conference is to review our knowledge on the water cycle science at different scales in space and time; to advocate for the development of robust satellite geo-information data products to characterise and model the water cycle from global to basin scales; and to foster the improvement of models and data assimilation systems to support local, regional and global water cycle predictions, climate change impacts and development of mitigation strategies in water resources management.

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Mapping Urban Areas from Space (MUAS) 2015 conference

04 - 05 November 2015

The European Space Agency is organising, in the context of the Data User Element (DUE) of the Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP), a conference on Mapping Urban Areas from Space (MUAS) 2015. The conference will be held at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy, from 04 to 05 November 2015.

The purpose of this conference is to provide scientists and data users with the opportunity to present first-hand and up-to-date results from their ongoing research and application development activities by using data from past and current satellites.

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2nd GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting (UCM)

04 - 06 November 2015

Following the 1st successful UCM held last year in Plymouth, UK, the Second GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting will be held at IFREMER, Brest, France, from 04 to 06 November 2015.

This User Consultation Meeting offers an overview of the project progress and an opportunity to influence the future development through evaluation of preliminary products, clarification of user requirements and discussion of how the system will develop.

The meeting is open to International scientists, Industry and Institutions having an interest in Ocean Surface Current measurements from space, and will include a mix of plenary presentations, breakout groups and training activities focused on new products and services developed by the GlobCurrent Project.

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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