11 February 2013
The Spot satellites have been charting the world’s vegetation since 1998. This important task soon falls to ESA's Proba-V, which, despite being only a little larger than a washing machine, will provide sharp views of Earth’s plant life every two days.
07 February 2013
With Europe’s next fleet of meteorological satellites under development, a ceremony held in Italy on 7 February 2013 was an important milestone: the signature of an industrial contract for the provision of four novel lightning imagers.
12 February 2013
Following the success of last year's first ever App Camp organised by ESA, 20 app developers from all over Europe will be invited once again to ESA's ESRIN centre in Frascati, Italy, on 3-10 June.
08 February 2013
Wetlands play a major role in the availability and quality of water, containing most of the water used to meet human needs. ESA’s GlobWetland II project is helping Mediterranean countries to monitor these precious resources.
11 February 2013
Satellites show that the recent ozone hole over Antarctica was the smallest seen in the past decade. Long-term observations also reveal that Earth’s ozone has been strengthening following international agreements to protect this vital layer of the atmosphere.
01 February 2013
With ESA's largest scientific event of the year just nine months away, the deadline for abstract submissions is fast approaching. Organised with the support of the UK Space Agency, ESA will host the Living Planet Symposium on 9-13 September in Edinburgh, UK.
Image of the Week
This Landsat image from 19 July 2011 shows Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Colorado River in the southwestern United States.
Straddling the border of the states Utah (to the north) and Arizona (to the south), it is the second largest artificial lake in the country.
Earth Observation Events
13 - 15 March 2013
The European Space Agency is organising a workshop on Atmospheric Chemistry and Composition Validation and Product Evolution. The Workshop will be held from 13 to 15 March 2013 in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.
The aim of the workshop is to present Cal/Val results from ENVISAT, ERS-2 and other Third Party Missions (GOSAT/Odin/OMI/SciSat/Terra-Aqua) to encourage contributions for future ESA missions (Earth Explorers, Sentinels) using existing data sets and Cal/Val infrastructures.
07 - 12 April 2013
The EGU General Assembly 2013 will be held at the ACV centre in Vienna, Austria, from 7 to 12 April 2013. The event will bring together geoscientists from all over the world into one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. Especially for young scientists, it is the aim of the EGU to provide a forum where they can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geosciences.
Early registration deadline: 13 March 2013
15 - 17 April 2013
The SMOS & Aquarius Science Workshop will take place at IFREMER, in Brest, France, from 15 to 17 April 2013.
The main objectives of the workshop are to provide the SMOS and Aquarius Science communities with an overview on the present quality of the provided data and an outlook on future algorithm developments as well as providing a forum for discussion on specific topics related to improving sea surface salinity and soil moisture retrievals through dedicated working groups.
06 - 08 May 2013
The international meeting on Ocean Surface Currents will be held at ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands, from 6 to 8 May 2013.
The aim of this meeting is to review scientific priorities, assess new technologies, discuss novel mission concepts and advance towards the definition of the next generation of ocean surface currents measurements from space.
Extended abstract submission deadline: 15 March 2013
17 - 19 June 2013
The 7th International Atmospheric Limb Conference and Workshop will be held in Bremen, Germany at the “Haus der Wissenschaft” from 17 to 19 June 2013. The conference is hosted by the Institute of Environmental Physics (University of Bremen).
The conference will focus on various scientific based topics such as limb and occultation measurements, past, recent and future atmospheric instruments, observation and modelling, spectroscopy, retrieval algorithms and data assimilation.
Abstract submission deadline: 28 March 2013
01 - 03 July 2013
The Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop will be held at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 1 to 3 July 2013. The objective of the workshop is to discuss and reconcile recent methodological advances in the validation and application of global satellite soil moisture data. The workshop will focus on soil moisture products derived from current and future active and passive microwave sensors operating in the low frequency range from 1 to 10 GHz, including but not limited to ASCAT, SMOS, AMSR-E, ASAR, SMAP, Sentinel-1 and any combination thereof.
Abstract submission and registration deadline: 01 March 2013
01 - 05 July 2013
The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a series of advanced thematic training courses devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and Third Party EO Missions 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 attend a 5 day course which will be held in Harokopio University, Athens, Greece from 1 to 5 July 2013. Research scientists and students from all other countries are also welcome to apply and participate to the course, subject to space availability.
09 - 13 September 2013
The 2013 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium follows the previous successful symposia held in Bergen (2010), Montreux (2007) and Salzburg (2004). The event will be held in Edinburgh, United Kingdom from 09 to 13 September 2013 and is organised with the support of the UK Space Agency.
The aim of the Symposium is to present the results of ESA EO missions exploitation by providing a forum for investigators to report and discuss results of on-going science activities.
04 - 08 November 2013
This workshop will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 4 to 8 November 2013, the week before the First COSPAR Symposium.
The workshop is open to undergraduate students, young researchers and professionals (under 35) who are studying or working in a variety of Earth Science disciplines and wish to expand and improve their knowledge and skills. The course includes lectures and topic based discussions related to remote sensing concepts and principles. Participation is limited to a maximum of 25 students.
Application form submission deadline: 31 May 2013
11 - 15 November 2013
The First COSPAR Symposium 2013 will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 11 to 15 November 2013.
This symposium is the first of a new series which aims at promoting space and astronomical research at regional level.
The Symposium features plenary lectures, parallel, poster and training sessions. The sessions will be multi-disciplinary, ranging in a wide variety of topics from astronomy, Earth observation, planetology and astrobiology.
The Symposium is open to scientists, young professionals and students world-wide.
Early registration deadline: 10 September 2013