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Hitching a ride with Sentinel-1B

12 April 2016

The Sentinel-1B satellite is now fuelled and ready to join the Soyuz rocket that will take it into orbit on 22 April at 21:02 GMT (23:02 CEST). Once in orbit, it will provide radar images of Earth for Europe's Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

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Nansen gives birth to two icebergs

14 April 2016

Multiple satellites, including Europe's Sentinels, have captured images of two large icebergs that broke away from Antarctica's Nansen ice shelf on 7 April.

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Thermal Ion Imager Provisional Dataset updated

14 April 2016

The Swarm Thermal Ion Imager Provisional Dataset, available on ESA FTP server under the path ~/Advanced/Provisional_Plasma_dataset/Thermal_Ion_Imagers_Data, has been partially updated to version 0201.

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New, easier access to IKONOS data

15 April 2016

ESA is pleased to announce that the access to IKONOS data is now easier than ever. The collection (Geo Ortho Kit) is now available through the Static Map for immediate HTTP download, after fast registration. Data is made available free of charge.

ALOS new ground segment - Ordering suspended from end of April 2016

25 April 2016

ESA has developed a new ground segment to offer ALOS users the possibility to have online access to the ALOS full mission data.

New version of SPOT-5 Take 5 L2A dataset

08 April 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.

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LPS 2016 - Registration deadline approaching

07 April 2016

The 2016 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from 09 to 13 May 2016.

Users wishing to attend the symposium are kindly reminded to register within the deadline of Friday 22 April 2016.

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Stream of the Arabs

12 April 2016


In this false-colour, 100 m resolution Proba-V image dated around Christmas time last year, we can follow the Stream of the Arabs (Shatt al-Arab) from the joining of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in the northwest, passing by the Central and Hawizeh Marshes and the Iraqi city of Basra (centre, faintly green) and on to the Persian Gulf in the southeast.

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EOLI-SA - New version 9.6.5 released

07 April 2016

A new version of the EOLI-SA Catalogue and Ordering tool (v 9.6.5) has been released and is available for download on the EOLI-SA web page.

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Irish mosaic

15 April 2016

The Sentinel-1A satellite takes us over to Ireland, in this multi-temporal colour composite of land coverage across the island.

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2nd EARSeL SIG LU/LC and NASA LCLUC joint workshop

06 - 07 May 2016

The EARSeL Special Interest Group on Land Use and Land Cover (SIG LU/LC) and NASA Land-Cover/Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Program are organising their 2nd joint workshop "Advancing horizons for land cover services entering the big data era".

The event will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on 6 and 7 May 2016.

The workshop will be conceptually linked with and support the objectives of the ESA Living Planet Symposium 2016, which follows the workshop on 9 to 13 May 2016, as a brainstorming preparation.

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Living Planet Symposium 2016

09 - 13 May 2016

The 2016 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 09 to 13 May 2016. It is organised with the support of the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.

The event, which in 2013 attracted 1800 participants, will focus on the exploitation of satellite data in various thematic domains: Atmosphere, Oceanography, Cryosphere, Land, Hazards, Climate and Meteorology, Solid Earth/Geodesy, Near-Earth Environment, New Methodologies and Products, Open Science 2.0.

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Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science 2016

10 - 13 May 2016

The Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science 2016 conference will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 10 to 13 May 2016. The event is jointly organised by the European Space Agency and the Climate and Cryosphere Project.

The purpose of this topical conference is to advance our knowledge on the potential offered by EO technology to answer some of the major open questions in cryosphere science; to review the latest developments on advanced EO-based geo-information data products addressing key cryosphere processes; and identify the major scientific requirements and challenges of the cryosphere scientific community for the coming years where EO may contribute.


Registration deadline: 22 April 2016

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4S Symposium

30 May - 03 June 2016

The 4S Symposium will be held in Valletta, Malta, from 30 May to 03 June 2016.

The special topic of 2016, Small Satellites Go Viral!, will be addressed in a dedicated session on the first day of the event. Contributions addressing this topic are highly welcome.

As in previous years, the programme will also cover technical sessions: Mission and System Analysis; Applications such as Earth Observation, Science, Telecommunication and Navigation; New Technologies at system, sub-system and component level. A special session will be dedicated to access to space of Small Satellites, as launchers, platform cross-compatibility.

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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