Those who need satellite data for a wide range of applications, from mapping sea ice and tracking maritime traffic to monitoring geohazards over land, are eagerly awaiting the launch of Sentinel-1. ESA is helping users get ahead of the game by offering test data and simulated images.
The second flight of ESA's newest launch vehicle has been completed from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Two Earth observation satellites, ESA's Proba-V and Vietnam's VNREDSat-1A, were released into different orbits, demonstrating the rocket's versatility. Estonia's first satellite, the ESTCube-1 technology demonstrator, was also released into orbit.
A newcomer has joined ESA's Earth Observation fleet with the launch of Proba-V, an innovative and new miniaturised satellite that will track vegetation on a global scale. Its data will provide researchers, educators and students with new data and images, helping us understand more about our own environment.
06 May 2013
The complete dataset collected over 10 years of ESA airborne campaigns in the Arctic and Antarctic is now available to the cryosphere scientists from one place.
The first SMOS L2 sea surface salinity "catch-up" reprocessing campaign has been completed and the data set covering the period from 22 December 2011 to 31 December 2012 is now ready to be released to the SMOS user community.
07 May 2013
ESA's Earth Observation Programme Board has selected 'Biomass' to become the seventh Earth Explorer mission. The innovative satellite aims to map and monitor one of Earth’s most precious resources.
Image of the Week
Istanbul and the surrounding area in northwestern Turkey are captured in this Envisat image. To the north is the Black Sea, which connects to the Sea of Marmara (centre) via the Bosphorus strait. The Dardanelles strait connects the Marmara to the Aegean Sea (lower left corner).
Earth Observation Events
05 - 07 June 2013
The European Space Agency in Frascati is organising a 'Big data from Space' event on 5-7 June 2013 to address the barriers that hamper an effective use of large volumes of Earth observation data.
The event will focus on issues associated with the organisation and delivery of large volumes of contemporary and historical Earth observations, either space-based or from ground (including ubiquitous information-sensing mobile devices, aerial sensory technologies and wireless sensor networks).
Registration deadline: 27 May 2013
04 - 05 July 2013
The Probing Vegetation Conference will be held in Antwerp, Belgium, from 4 to 5 July 2013.
After a long and successful career as Europe’s first truly operational system for global monitoring of vegetation, the SPOT-VEGETATION mission is now nearing the end of its life cycle, but the role of SPOT-VEGETATION will be taken over by ESA's technologically advanced Proba-V mission.
The conference will focus on the operational and scientific achievements of SPOT-VEGETATION and the perspectives that will be offered to the user’s community by Proba-V.
Registration deadline: 20 May 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.
23 - 27 September 2013
The 3rd ESA Advanced Training on Ocean Remote Sensing course will be held in Cork, Ireland, at the National Maritime College of Ireland from 23 to 27 September 2013.
As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a series of advanced thematic training courses devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to use data from ESA and operational EO Missions for science and applications development.
24 - 27 September 2013
The joint ESA-EGU international workshop, Air-sea gas flux climatology: Progress and future prospects, will take place in Brest, France from 24 to 27 September 2013.
The results of the ESA STSE OceanFlux Greenhouse Gases project will be presented at the workshop, and will allow scientists, engineers, Reference User Group members and partners to gain user feedback and plan future aims and collaborations. The aim is to build a picture of the existing capability of the air-sea gas flux climatology community and look ahead to new challenges and opportunities.
Abstract submission and registration deadline: 31 May 2013
30 September - 04 October 2013
The first Microwave Ocean Remote Sensing Training School organised by the SMOS-MODE EU COST Action will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from 30 September to 04 October 2013.
Through a combination of theoretical lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions the school will cover all key aspects of large-scale ocean monitoring, with a particular focus on SMOS data processing and applications. The number of participants is limited to 25 and applicants will be selected on a competitive basis.
Registration deadline: 28 June 2013
28 - 31 October 2013
The Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems Conference (Acivs 2013) will be held in Poznan, Poland from 28 to 31 October 2013.
The conference will focus on techniques for building adaptive, intelligent, safe and secure imaging systems. Both classical research papers and application papers are welcome.
Early registration deadline: 13 September 2013
04 - 08 November 2013
This workshop will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 4 to 8 November 2013, the week before the First COSPAR Symposium.
The workshop is open to undergraduate students, young researchers and professionals (under 35) who are studying or working in a variety of Earth Science disciplines and wish to expand and improve their knowledge and skills. The course includes lectures and topic based discussions related to remote sensing concepts and principles. Participation is limited to a maximum of 25 students.
Application form submission deadline: 31 May 2013
11 - 15 November 2013
The First COSPAR Symposium 2013 will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 11 to 15 November 2013.
This symposium is the first of a new series which aims at promoting space and astronomical research at regional level.
The Symposium features plenary lectures, parallel, poster and training sessions. The sessions will be multi-disciplinary, ranging in a wide variety of topics from astronomy, Earth observation, planetology and astrobiology.
The Symposium is open to scientists, young professionals and students world-wide.
Early registration deadline: 10 September 2013