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Envisat orbital change starting on 22 October 2010

29 September 2010

An important Envisat orbit change will be performed starting on 22 October - More information on how Envisat operations are planned until December 2010 is available.

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Technical Note on the impact of Envisat mission extension on SAR data - new release

14 October 2010

An updated version (1.0) of the Technical Note on the "Impact of Envisat mission extension on SAR data" with more details related to SAR Interferometry is now available online.

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SMOS level 2 data release to general science community

11 October 2010

From 11 October SMOS level 2 - soil moisture and ocean salinity - data are accessible for the entire SMOS community through the ESA Earth Observation user services tools.

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Planning activities


Plots of the planned ERS-2 SAR acquisitions for the coming week are available.
Special acquisition plans

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument mode
11-Oct-2010 45033 ASA_AP_IS1_VV_VH

Planning over the Cotonou Benin Flood

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument mode
18-Oct-2010 45145 ASA_IM_IS3_VV

Satellite: ERS-2
Date Orbit Track Frames
18-Oct-2010 81009 494 2655

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument mode
15-Oct-2010 45094 ASA_WS_VV
18-Oct-2010 45144 ASA_WS_VV

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Convergence of continents and currents

This Envisat radar image shows internal waves in the Strait of Gibraltar, between the southern coast of Spain (top) and the northern coast of Morocco. The strait is the only connection between the Atlantic Ocean (left) and the Mediterranean Sea (right), making it a place of intense study in order to understand the exchange of water between the two.

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Advanced course on RADAR Polarimetry 2011

17 January 2011 - 21 January 2011

ESA is organising the 1st Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry, a devoted course on SAR Polarimetry, Polarimetric Interferometry and its applications. The course will be hosted in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy on 17-21 January 2011.

PhD students from European countries and Canada, interested in Radar polarimetry, are invited to attend. Subject to availability, Principal Investigators and students from all other countries are also welcome to apply.

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CryoSat Validation Workshop 2011

1 February 2011 - 3 February 2011

The second international CryoSat Workshop will take place on 1-3 February 2011 at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati (Rome), Italy. Further information including workshop objectives, deadlines, registration and abstract submission can be found on the workshop website.

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Track shift error in new release of DESCW (v 4.72.3)

An error related to a shift of the Envisat track position has been identified in the latest release of DESCW (v.4.72.3).