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Accessing Copernicus data made easier

14 December 2017

With such a lot of data available, the European Commission is making efforts to make sure that the process of accessing these data and information is easier so that issues associated with downloading and storing can be avoided.

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Extension of Swarm 2 Hz TII Cross-Track data flow dataset

08 December 2017

We inform users that the 2 Hz TII Cross-Track data flow dataset has been extended. The data now covers 01 December 2015 to 29 April 2017 for the A and B satellites.

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CryoSat Ocean GOP production begins

12 December 2017

CryoSat scientific users are informed that the Ocean Baseline C GOP production has started and products are already available on the Science Server.

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Proba-V MEP - New version released with improved features

14 December 2017

The Proba-V Mission Exploitation Platform (MEP), released at the end of 2016, complements the Proba-V user segment by building an operational Exploitation Platform on Proba-V and SPOT-Vegetation data, with the aim to ease and foster the use of the data. 

The 2nd operational version of the Proba-V MEP has now been released with new and improved features.

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ESA Cryosphere Training Course 2018

27 November 2017

As part of the Earth Observation (EO) Science for Society, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising the Cryosphere Remote Sensing Training Course 2018. This course, devoted to training the next generation of cryosphere scientists, will take place in June 2018, just 1000 km away from the North Pole, in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.


Application submission deadline: 15 December 2017

Mapping Water Bodies from Space (MWBS 2018)

25 April 2017

The European Space Agency is organising the 2nd Mapping Water Bodies from Space Conference to be held at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, on 27 and 28 March 2018.

We wish to remind any interested user that the deadline for abstract submission comes shortly after the festive season, on 10 January 2018.

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EuroGEOSS: Tailored Earth Observation Services

06 December 2017

EuroGEOSS is the European component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) with a focus on coordinating and scaling up user-driven applications being developed in Europe.

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EOLi-SA - New version 9.7.2 released

13 December 2017

A new version of the EOLI-SA Catalogue (v 9.7.2) has been released and is available for download.

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Wildfires in California, USA

12 December 2017


This Proba-V image, taken on 07 December 2017, shows a number of large wildfires in the hills near Ojai, about 100 km northwest of Los Angeles, as red dots.

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Orange County

15 December 2017

The Sentinel-1 radar satellite mission takes us over Orange County and surrounding areas in the US state of California.

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2nd Sentinel-2 Validation Team Meeting

29 - 31 January 2018

The objective of the Sentinel-2 Validation Team Meeting (S2VT) is to collect independent validation evidence and experimental data to support the Sentinel-2 Mission. The meeting will be held at ESRIN in Frascati, Italy from 29 to 31 January 2018. The S2VT aims at providing valuable feedback on the mission core products through the experience gained by S2VT members while exploiting Sentinel-2 data. Such recommendations will be taken into consideration by ESA.

In this framework, the S2VT aims at involving world-class expertise and activities, through shared benefit collaboration, that support the implementation of the Sentinel-2 validation activities and ensure the best possible outcomes for the Sentinel-2 mission.

The meeting will be structured around a set of plenary presentations given by expert practitioners working with Sentinel-2 and other similar missions to inform on the lessons learned and priorities based on experience, a poster session of potential cal/val community activities including validation campaigns and methods.

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LPVE2018 - Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution

27 February - 01 March 2018

Following the successful LPVE 2014, the European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting scientists and Cal/Val experts to present the latest results from their on-going research, including the evolution of products, the latest development in validation, the inter-comparison methodologies and the evolution of algorithms, at the 2018 Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution (LPVE 2018).

The workshop will be held at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 27 February to 01 March 2018; it intends to address the following objectives:

  • Provide an overview on current land product Cal/Val approaches and protocols and their evolution
  • Revisit existing calibration and validation protocols and standards in the light of newly available satellite data, including Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3
  • Present land product inter-comparison methodologies (in situ, satellite-satellite)
  • Discuss data harmonisation approaches across sensors
  • Identify key recommendations for ESA land product algorithm evolution
  • Formulate recommendations for future land products and future Cal/Val activities
  • Encourage close collaboration between Cal/Val and research groups

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2nd Mapping Water Bodies (MWBS 2018)

27 - 28 March 2018

The European Space Agency is organising the 2nd Mapping Water Bodies from Space Conference. This conference will be held at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy, on 27 and 28 March 2018.

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 on-going research and application development activities by using data from past and current satellites.

The conference is open to ESA Principal Investigators and Co-investigators, Sentinel users, Scientists, Students, Representatives from national, European and international space agencies, research labs and value adding industries.

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MicroRad 2018

27 - 30 March 2018

The 15th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment (MicroRad 2018) will be held from 27 to 30 March 2018 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

MicroRad 2018 is an international forum for presenting recent achievements in instrumentation and engineering as well as scientific applications of microwave radiometry. MicroRad 2018 is sponsored by the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Microwave Remote Sensing Center (MRSC-CeTeM) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Proceedings from the MicroRad conference will be archived by IEEE in IEEE Xplore. A special issue/section of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS) is planned for the publication of original and peer-reviewed papers presented at the meeting.

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Proba-V Symposium 2018

29 - 31 May 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) in cooperation with the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) have organised the second Proba-V Symposium, which will take place in Ostend, Belgium, from 29 to 31 May 2018.

The symposium will promote the scientific and operational exploitation of Proba-V data and is open to Proba-V users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries.

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ESA advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere 2018

11 - 16 June 2018

As part of the Earth Observation (EO) Science for Society – Scientific Exploitation element of EOEP-5 program, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere, devoted to train the next generation of scientists and specialists to exploit EO data for science and applications.

Postgraduate-level, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from Europe and Canada interested in applications of remote sensing of the Cryosphere are welcome to apply to the 6-day course, held at University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, from 11 to 16 June 2018.

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42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly

14 - 22 July 2018

The 42nd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) will be held in Pasadena, California, USA, from 14 to 22 July 2018.

See the list of scientific events (sessions) under the COSPAR Scientific Commission (Space Studies of the Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate).

Event A2.1 'Scientific Exploitation of Oceanographic Measurements From New Missions and Heritage Data Sets' is particularly noteworthy, as the aim of this session is to foster scientific applications of satellite measurements from past and current missions to study variability of the ocean and its relationships with changes in other elements of the Earth system, including atmosphere, cryosphere, and land.

We invite contributions to all aspects of satellite oceanography associated with the use of satellite observations and derived estimates of various oceanographic parameters, including sea surface temperature, height, and salinity, ocean surface wind and current, ocean colour, and sea ice. Potential topics include scientific analysis of these data and their assimilation into models. Synergistic use of satellite measurements of different oceanic parameters is particularly encouraged.