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ERS-2 Scatterometer L2 dataset processing with ASPS v. 10.04 completed

14 May 2015

The re-processing campaign of ERS-2 Scatterometer Level 2.0 products has been completed, adopting the latest Advanced Scatterometer Processing System (ASPS) version 10.04. Data from Cycle 10 to Cycle 165 (26 March 1996 - 07 March 2011) and from the 3 days repeat cycles at the end of the mission (07 March 2011 - 05 July 2011) is now available to the user community.

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Landsat TM and ETM direct download in EOLI-SA

15 May 2015

ESA is pleased to announce that, thanks to the integration of EO-SSO into EOLI-SA, the Landsat TM and ETM collections can now be downloaded directly from EOLI-SA. This means that users can now browse, search and download the products in EOLI-SA.

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Swarm Provisional Plasma Dataset: Caution recommended in using data from 13/01/2015 onwards

13 May 2015

From 13 January 2015 onwards, the Langmuir probe data (~/Advanced/Provisional_Plasma_dataset/Langmuir_Probes_Data) come without Flag>257 for the sweep mode timestamps. It is therefore difficult to identify and discard the sweep mode intervals.

Swarm GPSR update

13 May 2015

The GPSR antenna field of view was increased in steps to 88 degrees on the Swarm C satellite in order to find the optimal setting. Following the analysis of the GPSR performance on Swarm C, the antenna field of view has been increased to 88 degrees also on the other Swarm satellites.

Swarm L2 precise orbit products now cover the period from launch to March 2015

13 May 2015

The L2 precise orbit products now cover the period from launch to 31 March 2015 for all Swarm spacecraft. Two types of orbit products are available:

  • SP3AKIN_2_ products: time series of position of the centre of mass of each satellite from kinematic precise orbit determination
  • SP3ACOM_2_ products: time series of position and velocity of the centre of mass of each satellite from reduced-dynamic precise orbit determination

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Successful deployment of the new SMOS level 1 and level 2 algorithm baseline V620 in the operational processing

07 May 2015

ESA would like to inform SMOS data users about the successful deployment of the new level 1 processor version 620, the new level 2 sea surface salinity processor version 622 and the new level 2 soil moisture processor version 620 in the operational ground segment.

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Calbuco Volcano, Chile

12 May 2015


This Proba-V 300 m image was taken on 24 April 2015, two days after the recent eruption of Calbuco Volcano in southern Chile. The eruption caused lava flows into a nearby lake, as well as an ash plume - clearly visible in the centre of the image - that rose to an altitude of 10 kilometres.

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Ensuring the continuity of ocean topography data

11 May 2015

ESA and Airbus Defence and Space today signed a €177 million contract to develop the Jason-CS / Sentinel-6A satellite mission for Europe's Copernicus programme.

EO Science 2.0 Conference - Deadline 15 May 2015

14 May 2015

The first Earth Observation Science 2.0 conference will take place from 12 to 14 October 2015, in ESRIN (Frascati, Italy). Users interested in contributing to the conference are reminded that the deadline for abstract submission and exhibitor requests is 15 May 2015.

4th Advanced Ocean Training Course - Deadline reminder

12 May 2015

Interested users are reminded that the last call to apply to the ESA Advanced Ocean Remote Sensing Training Course 2015 is approaching. The course will take place at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea - IFREMER; in Brest, France from 7 to 11 September 2015. Students wishing to participate are requested to apply online by 31 May 2015.

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Catalan coast, Spain

15 May 2015

This radar image, acquired by Sentinel-1A on 29 January 2015, captures part of Catalonia in northeastern Spain including the city of Barcelona (right), the site of one of Europe's principal seaports.

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Sentinel-3 for Science Workshop

02 - 05 June 2015

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) element, is organising an event dedicated to prepare for scientific exploitation of the Sentinel-3 mission, entitled "Sentinel-3 for Science Workshop", which will be hosted at the Palazzo del Casino in the Lido, Venice, Italy, from 02 to 05 June 2015.

The workshop is open to ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-3 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies and value adding industries. The outcome of this workshop will help to further shape the next generation of R&D activities in the frame of ESA's Earth Observation Programme.

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2015 Dragon 3 Symposium

22 - 26 June 2015

The 2015 Dragon Symposium will take place at the Congress Centre in Interlaken, Switzerland from 22 to 26 June 2015.

The objectives of the 2015 symposium are to report on the Dragon project progress after three years of activity, present results of the research undertaken by young scientists and inform on the outcome of scientific exchange initiatives, inform on EO missions' data exploitation, report on the status of recommendations made at the 2014 Symposium and to prepare for the next phase of Dragon (2016 onwards...)

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4th ESA Advanced Training on Ocean Remote Sensing 2015

07 - 11 September 2015

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

The course will take place at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) in Brest, France, from 07 to 11 September 2015.

The aims of the course are to: Explain theoretical principles of Ocean Colour Radiometry, SST retrievals, SAR and Radar Altimetry principles and applications; Introduce tools and methods for the exploitation of EO satellite data; Stimulate and support the exploitation of the ESA Earth Explorer missions and the Sentinels for ocean remote sensing science and applications.

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3rd Space for Hydrology Workshop

15 - 17 September 2015

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, and CNES is organising a sequel event to Hydrospace2007 held at WMO. This event is the 3rd Space for Hydrology Workshop - Titled "Surface Water Storage and Runoff: Modelling, In-Situ data and Remote Sensing". The workshop will take place from 15 to 17 September 2015 at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy.

The main objectives of the workshop are to prepare for the exploitation of the next generation of altimeters, to bring together hydrologists, both developing models and collecting in-situ data, and space scientists in order to tackle the future challenges in the hydrology of surface water storage and runoff.

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Earth Observation Science 2.0

12 - 14 October 2015

The European Space Agency (ESA) invites you to attend the first EO Science 2.0 conference to be held in ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) from 12 to 14 October 2015 to present your work, share your experience with many scientists across disciplines, and influence the evolution of Earth Observation (EO) science support activities.

EO Science 2.0 refers to the rapid and systematic changes in doing and organising EO science driven by the rapid advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) combined with a growing demand to do Science for Society and Science in Society. Today, rapid exchange of digital information is fostering a new world of data-intensive research, characterised by openness, transparency, reproducibility of results, access to large volume of complex data, availability of community tools and massive computing power, and new collaboration among researchers and new actors such as Citizen Scientists. In this context, this first conference will explore the new challenges and opportunities created by these rapid advances in ICT for EO science and develop a roadmap to address them.

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Earth Observation for Water Cycle Science 2015

20 - 23 October 2015

The European Space Agency is jointly organising, with GEWEX, a conference on the global water cycle. The conference will take place from 20 to 23 October 2015 at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy.

The purpose of this topical conference is to review our knowledge on the water cycle science at different scales in space and time; to advocate for the development of robust satellite geo-information data products to characterise and model the water cycle from global to basin scales; and to foster the improvement of models and data assimilation systems to support local, regional and global water cycle predictions, climate change impacts and development of mitigation strategies in water resources management.

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Mapping Urban Areas from Space (MUAS) 2015 conference

04 - 05 November 2015

The European Space Agency is organising, in the context of the Data User Element (DUE) of the Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP), a conference on Mapping Urban Areas from Space (MUAS) 2015. The conference will be held at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy, from 04 to 05 November 2015.

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 ongoing research and application development activities by using data from past and current satellites.

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2nd GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting (UCM)

04 - 06 November 2015

Following the 1st successful UCM held last year in Plymouth, UK, the Second GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting will be held at IFREMER, Brest, France, from 04 to 06 November 2015.

This User Consultation Meeting offers an overview of the project progress and an opportunity to influence the future development through evaluation of preliminary products, clarification of user requirements and discussion of how the system will develop.

The meeting is open to International scientists, Industry and Institutions having an interest in Ocean Surface Current measurements from space, and will include a mix of plenary presentations, breakout groups and training activities focused on new products and services developed by the GlobCurrent Project.

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Proba-V Symposium

26 - 28 January 2016

The European Space Agency (ESA) in cooperation with the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is organising an event dedicated to the scientific and operational exploitation of Proba-V mission. The event, entitled "Proba-V Symposium", will be hosted in Ghent (Belgium), in the Mariott Hotel, from 26 to 28 January 2016. The Symposium is open to Proba-V users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries.

The main objectives of the workshop are:

  • Gather and foster the Proba-V scientific and user community
  • Present the Proba-V mission status, calibration results, algorithms and products quality
  • Provide a forum for investigators to report and discuss results of on-going science activities using Proba-V data
  • Provide a forum for international exchange on land, inland/coastal water and cryosphere applications
  • Report on and promote the use of Proba-V data for downstream operational services
  • Consult scientists to formulate community recommendations for algorithm and products improvements