16 April 2020
With an outbreak of wildfires recently threatening the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine, the Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service has been activated and the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite mission has imaged the fires and smoke, and mapped the resulting area of burned ground.
16 April 2020
Further analyses are showing the continued low levels of nitrogen dioxide concentrations across Europe – coinciding with lockdown measures implemented to stop the spread of the coronavirus. New data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, from the European Union Copernicus programme, show some cities seeing levels fall by 45—50% compared to the same period last year.
ESA is seeking proposals for a new activity aimed at the operational generation and distribution of a collection of CryoSat ThEMatic PrOducts (Cryo-TEMPO) in the areas of sea ice, polar oceans, land ice, coastal areas and hydrology. This activity will build on multiple previous research and development projects and will support a wide community of end-users.
17 April 2020
The European Space Agency (ESA), the Institut Français pour la Recherche et l'Exploitation de la MER (IFREMER) and the French company OceanDataLab are pleased to announce a new operational service called "SMOS Wind Data Service" which provides, in near real time (NRT), surface wind speed over the ocean derived from the brightness temperature measurements of the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite mission.
Third Party Missions
23 April 2020
We are all too aware that COVID-19 is a serious threat to health, is putting huge pressure on healthcare systems and it could leave the global economy struggling for years to come. With lockdown measures in force across the globe, the pandemic is also affecting aspects of everyday life that may not be so obvious. The drop in commercial flights, for example, has led to fewer measurements for weather forecasts, but fortunately, ESA's Aeolus satellite mission is helping to fill the gap.
23 April 2020
ESA's vegetation-monitoring mission - Proba-V - will end operations in June 2020 after seven years. In honour of the occasion, and as the anniversary of the launch in May 2013 approaches, we took the occasion to summarise this minisatellite and its achievements in an infographic.
Earth Observation Resources
Earth Observation Events
9 - 11 March 2021
The European Space Agency is organising the symposium "Earth Explorers for Climate - The contribution from SMOS"has been rescheduled to take place on 9 to 11 March 2021 at the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the SMOS mission.
The objective of this symposium is to take stock of the contributions of SMOS to science and research during the last 10 years and to have an outlook and set the priorities for the next 10 years with a particular focus on climate research.
Current submissions will be kept and the submission tool will reopen closer to the meeting so it is possible to make changes to submissions, or add a new submission with your latest research.
This event is now cancelled
Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak in Europe, the EGU General Assembly 2020 in Vienna has been cancelled, to be replaced by the ‘EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online' (#shareEGU20) initiative, a week-long series of online activities during the first week of May to support the EGU community by fostering scientific communication.
ESA and EC DG-RTD are jointly organising the EO for Agriculture under Pressure Workshop from 25 to 29 May 2020 in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.
The workshop aims at discussing the latest scientific results in terms of applying Earth Observation to agricultural monitoring and supporting a climate-resilient, climate-neutral and environment-friendly agriculture.
A further goal is to identify key scientific challenges to be addressed in order to advance towards such a sustainable agriculture providing food security for all.
28 - 30 October 2020
The EO for Polar Science Workshop has been rescheduled to take place on the 28-30 October 2020, at The Black Diamond in Copenhagen, Denmark
Polar regions have experienced the most rapid rates of warming in recent years and its expected impacts will exceed those forecasted for many other regions in the planet resulting in local, regional and globally significant consequences affecting natural ecosystems and human activities. Improving our observation capacity and enhancing the basic understanding of the different drivers and processes governing those changes and translate that knowledge into actionable solutions for society is a major challenge for the future. Earth Observation from space and Earth system science will represent an essential element in this process.
This workshop aims at assessing the latest advancement in the use of EO technology for Polar science, exploring the main challenges and opportunities for the coming decade and consulting with the community to contribute to define a common scientific agenda for the future.
The meeting is open to EO scientists, polar researchers and students, modellers, Earth system and climate scientists, industry, operational agencies, policy makers, representatives of local communities and other stakeholders interested in sharing their knowledge and experience and contributing to drive the European polar scientific agenda.
Deadline for contribution submission extended to 1 June 2020.
This event is now cancelled
Due to COVID-19 outbreak and the guidance from the relevant authorities, ESA and the Organising Committee of FRINGE 2020 has decided to cancel the workshop. The planning of FRINGE 2021 will commence only after the Covid-crisis is over but you will be informed in due time of the new dates.
Abstract submission being kept open.
Please see guidance on the event website.
21 - 25 September 2020
The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing with the focus on Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence for Forestry.
This course is dedicated to training the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists and experts working in forestry domain to exploit data from EO missions (e.g. the Copernicus Sentinels) and use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for science and applications development.
The course will be held at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering (FGG), Slovenia, from 21 to 25 September 2020.
Application submission is open until 1 June 2020.
5 - 8 October 2020
The CryoSat 10th Anniversary Conference will take place from 5 to 8 October 2020 in Taormina (Sicily), Italy.
The conference was due to take place in March, but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation.
Over the last 10 years, CryoSat has not only delivered a wealth of information about Earth's changing ice, rather it has demonstrated that it can be a valuable data source for oceanography, hydrology and geodesy, surpassing expectations with a range of results that go far beyond its original goals.
While the conference focuses on the latest scientific results from the mission, it is also a celebration of the remarkable contribution that CryoSat has made to our understanding of the cryosphere and its role in the Earth system and the climate, and in turn, the impacts on society.
Due to the rescheduling of the conference, Registration will reopen on 1 June 2020
26 - 30 October 2020
The AARSE international conference is conducted biennially across Africa and in 2020 will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 26 to 30 October.
AARSE is the premier forum in Africa for research on remote sensing technologies and geospatial information science, gathering leading scholars from the remote sensing and related communities.
This conference, under the theme 'Space and geospatial technologies for the Africa we want' will be a major event in the African and international community of Earth observation and geo-spatial information science in 2020; it will be organized by the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) and the Institut d'Enseignement Supérieur de Ruhengeri (Ines-Ruhengeri).
Deadline for full paper: 31July 2020
2 - 6 November 2020
The Aeolus Cal/Val and Science workshop has been rescheduled to take place on the 2-6 November 2020, at EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, (Germany).
The yearly Aeolus Cal/Val and Science workshops are the main forum for reporting on mission status and product evolution, for informing and coordinating mission Cal/Val activities, as well as reporting on results on NWP impact assessments and further scientific exploitation of the Aeolus data.
At the 2019 Aeolus CAL/VAL and Science workshop, first in-orbit results from the Aeolus CAL/VAL and science teams were presented. At the 2020 workshop, further and more consolidated results from these teams will be presented, as well as work done by new scientific teams who have joined the Aeolus CAL/VAL and science efforts in 2019.
16 - 20 November 2020
The 16th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment (MicroRad 2020) will be held from 16 to 20 November at the Santa Apollonia Auditorium in Florence, Italy. The event is organised by the Centro di Telerilevamento a Microonde (CETEM) and the Istituto di Fisica Applicata (IFAC-CNR).
Participation in MicroRad2020 meeting is open to all individuals interested in or working in the fields of passive microwave remote sensing; the microwave radiometry community is invited to present new research results and instrument designs in the field of remote sensing of land, ocean, cryosphere and atmosphere.
Thanks to an ESA sponsorship, travel support can be provided to a selection of 10 students, to encourage the participation of young scientists to the event. In order to be eligible for receiving the support, students must submit an abstract to the conference as first author. Further details on the MicroRad2020 website.
Meeting postponed and will now take place on 16 to 20 November: Read the communication by the organisers