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From petabytes to pictures

11 May 2016

Thousands of scientists are at the Living Planet Symposium in Prague this week to present the latest findings on our changing planet. Between the mountains of data coming from multiple satellites and the high level of expertise needed to translate them into useful information, the results are not always easy to understand.

Living Planet Symposium Questionnaire

13 May 2016

ESA has created a User Satisfaction Survey which aims to help us to improve the services to all users of ESA Earth Observation, Copernicus Sentinel and Third Party Missions.

More than 600 participants have already provided their feedback during the recent Living Planet Symposium in Prague.

The survey, addressed to both scientific and commercial data users, will remain open until 31 May 2016.

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New Swarm VirES tool available

09 May 2016

The new Swarm VirES tool is now available for all interested users.

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Earth's magnetic heartbeat

10 May 2016

With more than two years of measurements by ESA's Swarm satellite trio, changes in the strength of Earth's magnetic field are being mapped in detail.

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New version of SPOT-5 Take 5 L2A dataset

13 May 2016

In 2015 ESA and CNES jointly conducted a dedicated acquisition campaign with the SPOT-5 satellite. Before its final de-orbiting, the spacecraft was manoeuvred to a lower orbit to simulate the 5 days revisit of Sentinel-2. The imagery over all selected acquisition sites is freely available to the worldwide user community on the SPOT-5 Take 5 site.

The SPOT-5 (Take 5) project recently released a new version of all SPOT-5 (Take 5) L2A data to account for several small issues encountered during the first reprocessing.

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Spotlight on our living planet

09 May 2016

One of the biggest Earth observation conferences in the world got off to a flying start today as thousands of scientists from around the world gathered in the Czech Republic to present their latest findings on our changing planet.

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Complex data made easy

12 May 2016

While the growing volume of information from satellites observing Earth offers a unique opportunity for science and applications, it is sometimes difficult to make sure these complex data streams are exploited to their full potential. ESA is addressing this challenge with 'Thematic Exploitation Platforms'.

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Prague, Czech Republic - Proba-V at the Living Planet Symposium 2016

10 May 2016


This week, ESA's Living Planet Symposium is taking place in Prague, Czech Republic, and Proba-V is one of the ESA Earth Watch missions that is being presented at the symposium. To celebrate the occasion, this colourful 100 m Proba-V image features Prague as seen on 4 July 2015.

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Fire at Fort McMurray, Canada

A large wildfire has been raging in the city of Fort McMurray in Canada since the start of May. The city, home to over 90,000 people, was evacuated on 3 May and this Landsat 8 comparison examines the city before and after the fires began.

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Colour and Light in the Ocean from Earth Observation (CLEO)

06 - 08 September 2016

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, and PML are organising a workshop, called Colour and Light in the Ocean from Earth Observation: Relevance and Applications; Products from Space and Perspectives from Models hosted at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy from 6 to 8 September 2016.

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2nd International workshop on Air-Sea Gas Flux Climatology

06 - 09 September 2016

The 2nd International workshop on Air-Sea Gas Flux Climatology follows on from the first successful workshop that was held 2013. This is highly interdisciplinary workshop aimed at bringing the multiple communities studying air-sea exchange and gas fluxes together to discuss common, aims, goals and challenges. The workshop aims to bring together the in situ, remote sensing and modelling scientific communities and funding bodies.

 

For interest - the workshop report and programme from the first workshop is available here.

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ESA EO Open Science Conference

12 - 16 September 2016

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising the second Earth Observation Open Science community consultation at ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) from 12 to 14 September 2016 to explore the new challenges and opportunities for EO research created by the rapid advances in digital technologies.

These include open tools and software, data-intensive science, virtual research environment, citizen science, advanced visualization, and e-education of the new generation of Data scientists.

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1st ESA Advanced Training Course on Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere

12 - 16 September 2016

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

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3rd Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop

21 - 22 September 2016

The 3rd Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application workshop will be held in New York City, USA, from 21 to 22 September 2016 (the exact location has yet to be decided).

The objective of this workshop series is to discuss and reconcile methodological advances in the validation and application of global satellite soil moisture data.

The workshop is unique in that it brings together satellite soil moisture users and developers to focus on both the derivation and exploration of soil moisture data from both passive and active microwave satellite missions (SMAP, SMOS, ASCAT, AMSR-2, Sentinel-1, and other legacy missions).

 

Please note that this workshop will follow a SMAP Cal/Val Workshop on 19 and 20 September 2016 that will be held in Manhattan and is open to all that are interested in SMAP.

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International workshop on measuring high-wind speeds over the ocean

15 - 17 November 2016

A three day workshop on the science and applications of remotely-sensed ocean surface winds, with a focus on high or extreme wind speeds. The workshop will be held at the Met Office headquarters in the cathedral city of Exeter, United Kingdom, from 15 to 17 November 2016.

Topics will include:

  • Status of monitoring ocean-surface winds from space: current and future instruments
  • Methods and models for retrieving high winds from satellite observing systems
  • Ocean surface wind products, synergies, and validation of high wind speeds
  • Applications for ocean-atmosphere interactions
  • Applications for numerical weather prediction (NWP)
  • Applications for tropical cyclone and extra-tropical storms
  • Climate applications