On 07 August, the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) instrument on MSG-3 captured its first image of the Earth. This demonstrates that Europe's latest geostationary weather satellite, launched on 5 July, is performing well and is on its way to taking over operational service after six months of commissioning.
Polar View (Norway) has carried out this GSP study comparing the needs of Arctic stakeholders (as articulated in policies and strategies) with the contribution different types of satellite technologies can make to meet current and future requirements.
Image of the Week
This PROBA-1 image, acquired by the CHRIS instrument on 29 June 2012, shows Cedar City, Utah, in the United States of America.
With an estimated population of approximately 28,000 people today, Cedar City was officially founded on 11 November 1851, by settlers drawn to the iron and coal deposits in the nearby mountains.
Earth Observation Resources
There is no doubt that Earth Observation (EO) data has great potential to contribute to land surface monitoring, providing consistent global coverage with historical archives to document changes. The increasing number of EO missions is opening new opportunities to users to access a larger number of data products derived from different sensors providing estimates of the same geo-physical or climate variables.
Earth Observation Events
10 - 11 September 2012
Storm surges are one of the most deadly natural hazards, affecting both rich and poor countries. Satellite Earth Observation (EO) data has an important role to play in storm surge modelling and forecasting, yet it is not currently being used to its full potential. The ESA eSurge project aims to increase the uptake of EO data, both by providing easy access to relevant data and by demonstrating its usefulness.
As part of the project, a workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark, is being organised to discuss the current state of modelling and forecasting, and how this might be improved.
17 - 18 September 2012
In September 2012 the University of Ghent, the University of Rome and the University of Rennes1 with the support of ESA are organizing a training Course on Remote Sensing applications for archaeology addressed to archaeologists and people working in cultural heritage applications from Universities, Scientific Communities, Institutions and Organizations interested in this topic.
The course will provide an introduction to radar Remote Sensing techniques as well as some examples of end user applications of polarimetry within the archaeological field.
The course will take place at the University of Ghent (Belgium) on 17-18 September 2012.
16 - 17 October 2012
The First International GOCE Solid Earth Workshop will take place at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede (The Netherlands) on 16-17 October 2012 and is fully sponsored by ESA.
The goal of this 2-day workshop is to provide training on the usage of GOCE data as well as to present the latest scientific results.
28 January - 01 February 2013
The 6th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry, POLinSAR 2013, will be hosted in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for scientific exchange to present results and progress in the fields of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry. The Symposium is open to ESA Principal Investigators, scientists, students, future SAR missions users, representatives from space agencies and value adding industries.
Submission of full paper deadline: 15 February 2013
12 - 14 March 2013
The Third CryoSat user workshop will be held in Dresden, Germany, from 12 to 14 March 2013.
This workshop is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss all topics related to the exploitation of the CryoSat mission and to identify novel scientific challenges.
The workshop is open to all scientists with an interest in the CryoSat mission and its data products.
Registration deadline: 22 January 2013
09 - 13 September 2013
The 2013 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium follows the previous successful symposia held in Bergen (2010), Montreux (2007) and Salzburg (2004). The event will be held in Edinburgh, United Kingdom from 09 to 13 September 2013 and is organised with the support of the UK Space Agency.
The aim of the Symposium is to present the results of ESA EO missions exploitation by providing a forum for investigators to report and discuss results of on-going science activities.