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CryoSat - New Mean Sea Surface for the L2 SAR Chain

13 March 2015

In preparation for the forthcoming release of Baseline C which contains sea-ice freeboard, a new technical note has been released which explains which new Mean Sea Surface is used in the SAR processing chain.

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Proba-V 100 m products now publicly available

13 March 2015

VITO has announced that Proba-V 100 m products are now publicly available as 1-day and 5-day syntheses from their Product Distribution Portal.

The 100 m products will open new possibilities for global and regional environmental monitoring, as well as for agricultural applications where information at parcel level becomes available.

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Mississippi River Delta, USA

12 March 2015


This detailed Proba-V 100 m imagery, acquired on 10 February 2015, shows the Mississippi River Delta. This Delta, situated along the south coast of Louisiana in the United States, covers ~12,000 km2.

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Landsat 8 TIRS sensor resumes nominal operations

10 March 2015

The Landsat 8 Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) resumed normal imaging operations on 4 March 2015, and nominal blackbody and deep space calibration data collection on 7 March 2015.

SPOT-5 Take 5 sites assessment (including list of provisional sites)

10 March 2015

In November, ESA released a call for proposals to select the sites to be observed during the SPOT-5 (Take 5) experiment. 62 proposals were received, with more than 100 sites submitted. ESA appointed a committee to review the proposals, and a first list of 110 sites was issued, including the sites proposed by CNES and ESA for their own projects.

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New RSS CloudToolbox service now available to EO data users

11 March 2015

The new RSS CloudToolbox service provides registered and authorised ESA EO-SSO users with customised virtual machines (VMs) made available on a cloud infrastructure. Thanks to high-speed network connections, these cloud VMs have fast access to the ESA RSS Datafarm archive.

New EO Data Quality Portal online

04 March 2015

The initial release of the Sensor Performance, Products and Algorithms (SPPA) Portal focusing on Envisat and ERS is now available and is a single web portal entrance designed to increase awareness of Earth Observation (EO) data capabilities and performance status within the EO user community. This revised and updated portal is now online and is accessible here.

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Sao Miguel, Azores

13 March 2015

This image from over the Azores island of Sao Miguel features a volcanic complex called the Sete Cidades Massif.

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FRINGE 2015

23 - 27 March 2015

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) element, is organising the 9th International Workshop Fringe 2015 'Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry and Sentinel-1 InSAR'. The event will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy from 23 to 27 March 2015.

The workshop is open to scientists, Sentinel-1 data users, students, representatives from national, European and international space agencies, and value adding industries.

The official language of the workshop is English. No participation fees will be charged. Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses.

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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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2015 Dragon 3 Symposium

22 - 26 June 2015

The 2015 Dragon Symposium will take place at the Congress Centre in Interlaken, Switzerland from 22 to 26 June 2015.

The objectives of the 2015 symposium are to report on the Dragon project progress after three years of activity, present results of the research undertaken by young scientists and inform on the outcome of scientific exchange initiatives, inform on EO missions' data exploitation, report on the status of recommendations made at the 2014 Symposium and to prepare for the next phase of Dragon (2016 onwards...)

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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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3rd Space for Hydrology Workshop

15 - 17 September 2015

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, and CNES is organising a sequel event to Hydrospace2007 held at WMO. This event is the 3rd Space for Hydrology Workshop - Titled "Surface Water Storage and Runoff: Modelling, In-Situ data and Remote Sensing". The workshop will take place from 15 to 17 September 2015 at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy.

The main objectives of the workshop are to prepare for the exploitation of the next generation of altimeters, to bring together hydrologists, both developing models and collecting in-situ data, and space scientists in order to tackle the future challenges in the hydrology of surface water storage and runoff.

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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.

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Mapping Urban Areas from Space (MUAS) 2015 conference

04 - 05 November 2015

The European Space Agency is organising, in the context of the Data User Element (DUE) of the Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP), a conference on Mapping Urban Areas from Space (MUAS) 2015. The conference will be held at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy, from 04 to 05 November 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.

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Proba-V Symposium

26 - 28 January 2016

The European Space Agency (ESA) in cooperation with the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is organising an event dedicated to the scientific and operational exploitation of Proba-V mission. The event, entitled "Proba-V Symposium", will be hosted in Ghent (Belgium), in the Mariott Hotel, from 26 to 28 January 2016. The Symposium is open to Proba-V users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries.

The main objectives of the workshop are:

  • Gather and foster the Proba-V scientific and user community
  • Present the Proba-V mission status, calibration results, algorithms and products quality
  • Provide a forum for investigators to report and discuss results of on-going science activities using Proba-V data
  • Provide a forum for international exchange on land, inland/coastal water and cryosphere applications
  • Report on and promote the use of Proba-V data for downstream operational services
  • Consult scientists to formulate community recommendations for algorithm and products improvements