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Complete Envisat MERIS FRS L1/L2 dataset available online

13 February 2015

The systematic bulk processing of the MERIS Level 2 Full Resolution Full Swath dataset has been completed, and the FRS Level 2 products (MER_FRS_2P) have been made available to users on the ESA centralised dissemination server together with the previously released MERIS FRS Level 1 data (MER_FRS_1P).

The MERIS FRS online dataset now comprises the complete FRS Level 1 and Level 2 data archive for the entire Envisat mission spanning from 17 May 2002 to 08 April 2012.

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CryoSat - Expected changes for upcoming release of Baseline C

11 February 2015

In preparation for the upcoming release of the CryoSat Baseline C, the two format specifications documents have been updated (L1b/FBR FMT and L2/L2i FMT). In complement, two technical notes are also made available to the users in order to present in advance the expected effects of the IPF evolutions on the CryoSat products from Baseline B to Baseline C (L1b main changes and L2 main changes).

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Sentinel-2 practices laser spin

11 February 2015

As Sentinel-2A nears the end of testing before being shipped to its launch site, one of the last jobs has been to make sure the satellite's laser terminal is up to the job of delivering large volumes of data at breakneck speed.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

11 February 2015


This Proba-V 100 m image of 20 January 2015 shows the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro located at the Baia Guanabara.

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36 years of radar vision

06 February 2015

ESA has recently recovered imagery from the oldest synthetic aperture radar - or SAR - in space, renewing our view of a changing Earth.

Landsat-8 Thermal Infrared (TIRS) data generation suspended

10 February 2015

On 19 December 2014 at 10:34 am (Central Standard Time, US) the configuration of the TIRS instrument on Landsat 8 was reconfigured due to detection of anomalous current levels associated with the scene select mirror encoder electronics. From this date onwards, the standard Level-1 products contain valid OLI data but the cloud cover assessment scores and the associated attributes in the quality assurance band may be of degraded quality. The TIRS bands consist of invalid data (zero-fill).

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Munich, Germany

The German city of Munich, located in the state of Bavaria, is featured in this Landsat comparison. The two images, acquired by the Landsat 5 and 8 satellites 29 years apart, show changes to the city since 1985.

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Las Vegas and Lake Mead

13 February 2015

This image from the Landsat-8 satellite acquired on 23 September 2014 brings us over the southwest United States: Nevada and Arizona.

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Mapping Water Bodies from Space conference

18 - 19 March 2015

The European Space Agency is organising, in the context of the Data User Element (DUE) programme, a conference on Mapping Water Bodies from Space - MWBS 2015. The conference will be held at ESA-ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) on the 18 and 19 of March 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. The outcome of this conference 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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European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2015

12 - 17 April 2015

The EGU General Assembly 2015 will be held at the ACV centre in Vienna, Austria, from 12 to 17 April 2015. The event will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.


Registration is open

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2nd SMOS Science Conference

25 - 29 May 2015

The 2nd SMOS Science Conference is jointly organised by ESA, CNES and SMOS-MODE and will take place at ESA-ESAC, near Madrid (Spain) from 25 to 29 May 2015.

The focus of this conference will deviate from previous events in that the emphasis will be on applications of SMOS data, including operational services, the development of novel data products, the synergistic use of SMOS data with other data sources and the potential of SMOS data for the generation of long-term data sets. The workshop will also cover common themes such as the quality of the Level 1 data products and calibration and validation activities.

The 2nd SMOS Science Conference will be preceded by a SMOS Training Course from 18 to 22 May 2015, organised by CESBIO and held as well at the ESA-ESAC premises near Madrid.

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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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ATMOS 2015 - Advances in Atmospheric Science and Applications

08 - 12 June 2015

The European Space Agency is organising, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) element, a conference on the topical theme of atmosphere. The conference will be held at the University of Crete (Greece - Heraklion) from 08 to 12 June 2015.

The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for scientists to present results from their ongoing research using data from past and current atmospheric instruments like ERS-2, Envisat, Metop and ESA Third Party Missions. Furthermore this conference is dedicated to prepare for the scientific exploitation of the Sentinel-5 Precursor mission.

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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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6th ESA Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing 2015

14 - 18 September 2015

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) organises each year an advanced Land Training Course devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO Missions (e.g. Sentinels) for science and applications development.

Post graduate, PhD students, post doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada interested in Land Remote Sensing and its applications are invited to apply to the 5 day course on the subject, which will be held at the University of Agronomic Science and Veterinary Medicine, in Bucharest, Romania from 14 to 18 September 2015.

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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.