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GOCE producing global maps of ocean currents

Ocean currents are important drivers of planetary climate. Often there is little direct evidence of their presence at the sea surface, but that changes when observing from orbit. ESA’s GOCE gravity mapper is providing more accurate maps of global currents than ever before. Imagine magically snapping your fingers to bring the sea to a state of perfect rest.

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GOMOS instrument status reduced operations scenario

08 February 2012

GOMOS operations were impacted by a severe instrument degradation over the last months (see related news 23 November 2011). 

Envisat data acquisition at ESRIN (PDHS-E)

06 February 2012

Due to heavy snowfall during the weekend preventing acquisition of Envisat data by the antenna at PDHS-E (ESRIN), the following orbits have not been acquired...

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CryoSat breaks the ice with ocean currents

06 February 2012

Ocean measurements from ESA's CryoSat mission are being exploited by the French space agency CNES to provide global ocean observation products in near-real time. Understanding sea-surface currents is important for marine industries and protecting ocean environments.

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Online survey on Earth Science data preservation

02 February 2012

Get involved in the SCIDIP-ES questionnaire: an online survey to define the state of the art and the future needs for Earth Science data preservation architectures and technologies. 

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Earth Watching activities

See new MERIS Full Resolution images in the Full Swath Gallery:
  • Sandstorm (Saudi Arabia)
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Shanghai Waters

The Chinese city of Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River where it empties into the East China Sea.

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Insurance Industry 2012

23 - 24 February 2012

The European Space Agency is hosting an industry workshop in ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy on 23 - 24 February 2012. Earth Observation (EO) data and services can deliver significant benefits to the scientific, public and private sector communities and this workshop examines the potential value of this data to the insurance industry.

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ESA Radar Remote Sensing Course 2012

16 - 20 April 2012

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a series of technical and/or scientific trainings that are aimed at the promotion and dissemination of Earth Observation (EO) technology in a variety of science and industrial fields.

In 2012 ESA in cooperation with the University of Tartu and the Tartu Observatory is organising a Radar Remote Sensing training course between 16-20 April 2012. It is addressed to participants from universities, scientific communities, institutions and organisations that are making use of geoinformation.

The course will introduce participants to radar remote sensing technology as well as provide examples of end user applications of this technique in the environmental field.

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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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ESA EO Summer School 2012 on earth system monitoring and modelling

30 July - 10 August 2012

The European Space Agency (ESA) organizes a series of summer schools on Monitoring of the Earth System to promote the exploitation of Earth Observation EO data across disciplines, with a specific focus on their assimilation into Earth System models.

The two-week course, held in ESA/ESRIN (near Rome, Italy) during August (typically every two years) aims to provide students with an integrated end-to-end perspective going from measurement techniques to end-user applications.

The school is open to young researchers (Ph.D. students, young post-doctoral scientists) who are specialised in a variety of Earth Science disciplines and wish to expand and improve their knowledge and skills.


Deadline for applications: 29 February 2012

Online Application Form

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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.