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Air quality: what’s space got to do with it?

05 April 2019

Air pollution is a global environmental health problem that is responsible for millions of people dying prematurely every year. In cities and towns, traffic pumps pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide directly into the air we breathe, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, for example.

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Glaciers lose nine trillion tonnes of ice in half a century

09 April 2019

When we think of climate change, one of the first things to come to mind is melting polar ice. However, ice loss isn't just restricted to the polar regions. According to research published today, glaciers around the world have lost well over 9000 gigatonnes (nine trillion tonnes) of ice since 1961, raising sea level by 27 mm.

Copernicus Masters 2019 submissions open

03 April 2019

The Copernicus Masters 2019 competition is now open for submissions. This international competition awards prizes to innovative solutions, developments and ideas for business and society that use Copernicus data.

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English Channel

12 April 2019

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over the busy maritime traffic passing through the English Channel.

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Living Planet Symposium 2019

13 - 17 May 2019

ESA is pleased to invite you to participate in the 2019 Living Planet Symposium. The event, held every three years, will take place on 13–17 May 2019 at the MiCo Milano Congressi in Milan, Italy. The Symposium is organised with the support of the Italian Space Agency.


Attracting thousands of scientists and data users, ESA's Living Planet Symposia are amongst the biggest Earth observation conferences in the world.

 

The Living Planet Symposium 2019 promises to be bigger and wider ranging than ever before. The event will not only see scientists present their latest findings on Earth's environment and climate derived from satellite data, but will also focus on Earth observation's role in building a sustainable future and a resilient society.

 

Participants will also be able to explore how emerging technologies are revolutionising the use of Earth observation, creating new opportunities for public and private sector interactions, and how business and the economy can benefit from this new epoch.

 

Final programme: Available at the symposium

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20th GHRSST Science Team Meeting

3 - 7 June 2019

This year marks the 20th meeting of the GHRSST International Science Team (G-XX). This is a great opportunity to have a forward looking meeting focusing on innovation and challenges to develop the future perspective for GHRSST - most notably with respect to a mix of microwave and thermal infrared satellite capability.

 

The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • Bring together scientific and operational SST users and producers to review progress and achievements of SST science and applications within the GHRSST framework;
  • Look forward towards future innovation and challenges for GHRSST and the SST community over the next 20 years
  • Open the meeting to everybody but is especially relevant to SST experts and the international community actively involved in SST science and applications
  • Use plenary discussions and keynote talks to tackle specific issues as well as poster sessions and panel discussions to promote discussion.

 

G-XX will be followed immediately by the 8th CEOS SST-VC meeting. The meeting takes place at the very end of the GHRSST International Science Team meeting so that SST-VC members can collate all of the scientific and technical progress from the week and develop a coherent strategy for the year ahead, linking GHRSST and CEOS to advance the needs of SST users around the world.

 

Registration deadline: 24 May 2019

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World Soils 2019 User Consultation Meeting

2 - 3 July 2019

The World Soils 2019 User Consultation Meeting on space-based EO tools for mapping and monitoring soils will take place from 2 - 3 July 2019 at ESA ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.

 

With the advent of operational EO systems such as the European Union Copernicus Program (including the high priority Copernicus expansion missions), the free and open EO data policies as well as cloud-based access and processing capabilities (e.g. DIAS) an EO based Soil Monitoring System appears feasible today.

 

The aim of the workshop is to bring together stakeholders from the policy and user domain with remote sensing experts to discuss the necessary steps to develop such a system.

 

Abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2019

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Earth Explorer-9 User Consultation Meeting

16 - 17 July 2019

The Earth observation scientific community is invited to participate in a European Space Agency (ESA) User Consultation Meeting at the Robinson College, University of Cambridge in Cambridge, United Kingdom on 16–17 July 2019. This consultation forms a critical input to the decision-making process that will lead to the selection of ESA's ninth Earth Explorer mission.

 

Two candidate Earth Explorer fast-track missions – FORUM and SKIM – have been undergoing feasibility studies since November 2017, the conclusions of which are detailed in corresponding Reports for Mission Selection which will be published in June 2019.

 

Thanks to new technical developments, the Far-infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM) candidate would measure radiation emitted from Earth across the entire far-infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Significantly, it measures in the 15–100 micron range, which has never previously been achieved from space.

 

Please note that since space is limited at the meeting, it is advised to register as soon as possible.

 

Registration is open.

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SI-Traceable Space-based Climate Observing System Workshop

9 - 11 September 2019

A CEOS WMO-GSICS workshop will be hosted by the UK Space Agency at National Physical Laboratory (NPL), London, UK from 09 to 11 September 2019.

 

Recent years have seen an increasing urgency from international coordinating bodies such as CEOS, WMO-GSICS, GCOS, climate researchers, and policy makers to establish a space-based climate observing system capable of unambiguously monitoring indicators of change in the Earth's climate, as needed for international mitigation strategies such as the 2015 Paris climate accord. Such an observing system requires the combined and coordinated efforts of the world's space agencies.

 

To deliver data that can be considered unequivocal on decadal timescales, facilitating policy makers to make decisions in a timely manner, requires improvements to heritage, existing, and in-development space assets. In particular, observations spanning the electromagnetic spectrum from the near-UV to microwave need to be of sufficient accuracy and duration, traceable to the International System of Units (SI), and sampled to ensure global representation in order to detect change in as short a timescale as possible. The harshness of launch and the space environment has to date limited any satellite mission's ability to robustly demonstrate SI traceability on-orbit at the accuracy and confidence levels needed.

 

An order of magnitude improvement is typically required for robust climate observations. Although not as demanding in terms of long-term accuracies, implementing such a system also facilitates improvements to operational applications, particularly where data harmonisation enables ‘information on-demand' for a wider range of applications such as health, a sustainable food supply, and pollution.

 

Bringing together experts from space agencies, industry, academia, and policy makers, the intent of this international workshop is a community strategy to quantify the benefits and consequential specifications of a space-based climate observing system along with a roadmap to implementation. 

 

Pre-registration for this open workshop is required for the venue.

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ESA Earth Observation Φ-week 2019

9 - 13 September 2019

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a Φ-week event focusing on EO Open Science and FutureEO - to review the latest developments in Open Science trends.

 

The Φ-week, to be held at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 9 to 13 September 2019, will include a variety of events (e.g. inspiring talks, workshops, roundtables, startup pitch, hackathons) to connect multi-disciplinary communities - from EO researchers, data scientists, non-space corporates, tech leaders, entrepreneurs, up to startup and innovators - to explore together how EO Open Science and innovation can benefit from the latest digital technologies, and help shape FutureEO missions and services.

 

The conference is open to:

  • Scientists, educators, developers and students working in the fields covered by EO Science
  • Representatives from National, European and International space and value adding industry interested in the new EO Science approach and activities
  • EO start-up.

 

Poster presenters will be invited to provide a short video presenting highlights from their work. The video shall be delivered to phiweek@esa.int via wetransfer protocol by 2 September 2019, in order to ensure its publication and diffusion by the date of the event.

 

Registration deadline: 25 July 2019