15 January 2013
ESA would like to make the SMOS user community aware of the following workshop: Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop at ESA-ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) 1-3 July 2013. The deadline for the abstract submission is 1 March 2013.
15 January 2013
ESA's Proba-V microsatellite is now assembled and midway through testing to ensure it is fully spaceworthy. The miniature Earth-observer, designed to chart global vegetation every two days, will be launched in April.
Earth Observation Resources
The objective of the BIOMASS Mission is to determine the global distribution of forest biomass by reducing the uncertainty in the calculation of carbon stock and fluxes associated with the terrestrial biosphere.
The objective of the CoReH2O mission is to fill the gaps in current information on snow, glaciers and surface water. CoReH2O will improve the modelling and prediction of water balance and stream-flow for snow-covered and glacierised basins, the modelling of water and energy cycles at high latitudes, and the forecasting of water supply from snow cover and glaciers, including the relation to climate change and variability.
The objective of the PREMIER mission is to quantify the processes controlling global atmospheric composition in the mid/upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (5-25 km height range), which is a region of particular importance for climate change.
Image of the Week
The lush landscapes of Ireland, Great Britain and northern France are pictured in this rare cloud-free view from the Envisat satellite.
To the west, thousands of lakes speckle the island of Ireland, made up of the Republic of Ireland (covering the majority of the island to the south) and Northern Ireland (top eastern corner). The largest lake in the region is Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland.
Earth Observation Events
21 - 25 January 2013
The 2nd Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry will be held in ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.
The course will provide a substantial and balanced introduction to the basics and advanced concepts of theory, scattering concepts, systems and applications typical of radar polarimetric remote sensing, as well as hands-on computing exercises on PolSAR and Pol-InSAR data processing for remote sensing applications
28 January - 01 February 2013
The 6th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry, POLinSAR 2013, will be hosted in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for scientific exchange to present results and progress in the fields of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry. The Symposium is open to ESA Principal Investigators, scientists, students, future SAR missions users, representatives from space agencies and value adding industries.
Submission of full paper deadline: 15 February 2013
12 - 14 March 2013
The Third CryoSat user workshop will be held in Dresden, Germany, from 12 to 14 March 2013.
This workshop is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss all topics related to the exploitation of the CryoSat mission and to identify novel scientific challenges.
The workshop is open to all scientists with an interest in the CryoSat mission and its data products.
Registration deadline: 22 January 2013
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
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.