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GOCE: The first seismometer in orbit

11 March 2013

Satellites map changes in Earth’s surface caused by earthquakes but never before have sound waves from a quake been sensed directly in space – until now. ESA’s hyper-sensitive GOCE gravity satellite has added yet another first to its list of successes.

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Proba-V minisatellite reaches Europe's spaceport

12 March 2013

ESA's Proba-V minisatellite for mapping global vegetation has arrived at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, where it is being prepared for a mid-April launch atop a Vega launcher.

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Developing agriculture from the sky

13 March 2013

From 800 km high, Earth-observing satellites are assisting international development organisations with their work in developing countries. Satellites enable objective observations of the status of remote rural areas consistently over space and time.

Article on GMES in GEO Magazine

13 March 2013

An article on the European GMES project (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) featuring an interview with the ESA Director of Earth Observation, Volker Liebig, has been published in the German GEO Magazine nr 02/2013. The article is available in German only. 

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Earth Watching activities

A collection of ERS/Envisat SAR and Landsat TM/ETM satellite images and animations featuring the Hong Kong International Airport, being built on the island of Chek Lap Kok by land reclamation.

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Delta's edge

This animation shows before-and-after satellite images over two harvest seasons in 2012 in the eastern Nile Delta.

Located in northern Egypt, the delta is where the Nile River splits and empties into the Mediterranean Sea. Important crops grown in this rich agricultural area include cotton, rice and sugar cane.

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Ocean Surface Currents

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

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First International Ocean Colour Science meeting

06 - 08 May 2013

The first International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) meeting will take place in the city of Darmstadt, Germany, from 6 to 8 May 2013. This is the first of a series of IOCS meetings which are scheduled to take place every two years.

The primary focus of the IOCS meeting is to build and strengthen the international ocean colour community by providing a structure and mechanisms to collectively address common issues and goals. The aim is to achieve the best quality ocean colour data that meet scientific, environmental, climate and operational needs through international collaboration and scientific and technological innovation.


Extended abstract submission deadline: 22 March 2013

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7th Atmospheric Limb Conference and Workshop

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

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Probing Vegetation Conference

04 - 05 July 2013

The Probing Vegetation Conference will be held in Antwerp, Belgium, from 4 to 5 July 2013.

After a long and successful career as Europe’s first truly operational system for global monitoring of vegetation, the SPOT-VEGETATION mission is now nearing the end of its life cycle, but the role of SPOT-VEGETATION will be taken over by ESA's technologically advanced Proba-V mission.

The conference will focus on the operational and scientific achievements of SPOT-VEGETATION and the perspectives that will be offered to the user’s community by Proba-V.


Registration deadline: 20 May 2013

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ESA Living Planet Symposium 2013

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.

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9th EARSeL Forest Fire Special Interest Group Workshop

15 - 17 October 2013

The 9th International Workshop of the EARSeL Special Interest Group (SIG) on Forest Fires will take place in Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire, UK, from 15 to 17 October 2013.

The workshop is organised by the University of Leicester with support from the Laboratory of Forest Management and Remote Sensing, Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The Leicester hosted workshop is the latest in a series of technical meetings organised by the EARSeL SIG on Forest Fires after its foundation in 1995. Previous meetings held resulted in outstanding progress made in forest fire research.


Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2013

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Acivs 2013 Conference

28 - 31 October 2013

The Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems Conference (Acivs 2013) will be held in Poznan, Poland from 28 to 31 October 2013.

The conference will focus on techniques for building adaptive, intelligent, safe and secure imaging systems. Both classical research papers and application papers are welcome.


Early registration deadline: 13 September 2013

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Capacity Building Workshop (COSPAR)

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

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First COSPAR Symposium 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


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