16 May 2012
Swarm, ESA's magnetic field mission, is scheduled for launch in autumn 2012. Being a constellation of three satellites with multiple instruments to survey the geomagnetic field and the near-Earth environment at best-ever resolution and accuracy, Swarm aims for a 4 years nominal operations phase. According to the ESA EO free and open data policy all validated data will be made available to users worldwide.
A new Geographical Mode Mask (3.3) is in place since Week 19 (i.e. 07 May 2012). The mask is the basis of the CryoSat mission planning and defines the mode switching of the SIRAL instrument while the satellite revolves around the Earth. The new map takes into consideration the vast interest of the oceanographic community to the CryoSat mission.
14 May 2012
After more than a decade in orbit, ESA's Proba-1 was showing its age - even hibernating last winter. But a software fix to its startracker, radiation-impaired after surpassing its design lifetime five-fold, has returned the veteran Earth-observing microsatellite to full operation.
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18 - 22 June 2012
The European Space Agency and the Norwegian Space Centre are jointly organising the fourth SAR oceanography workshop, SEASAR 2012, entitled "Advances in SAR Oceanography", which is to be hosted in Tromso, Norway, from 18 to 22 June 2012.
The workshop is open to scientists and students in the field of SAR oceanography including ESA Principle Investigators and co-investigators, to users of data from future SAR missions like Sentinel-1 and Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) and to representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industry.
27 - 28 June 2012
The aim of this first GlobTemperature User Consultation Meeting which will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, is to survey users' requirements for satellite land surface temperature information.
The other objective of this meeting is to explore the feasibility of meeting them with available data and techniques, and set a list of priority requirements to be addressed by a potential future GlobTemperature project.
20 - 21 September 2012
The 6th Coastal Altimetry Workshop is open to the international community of scientists working on development and applications of altimetry in the coastal zone. The Workshop will be in Northern Italy, Riva del Garda.
The Workshop aims to provide a lively forum, where science and applications of coastal altimetry and data processing technologies will be reviewed.
Registration deadline: 03 August 2012
24 - 29 September 2012
To mark the 20 year anniversary of the launch of ERS-1 and TOPEX/POSEIDON, ESA, in collaboration with the French Space Agency, CNES, organised a Symposium in Venice, Italy. This event was sponsored by other partner agencies and organisations supporting the development of altimetry.
16 - 17 October 2012
The First International GOCE Solid Earth Workshop will take place at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede (The Netherlands) on 16-17 October 2012 and is fully sponsored by ESA.
The goal of this 2-day workshop is to provide training on the usage of GOCE data as well as to present the latest scientific results.
15 - 19 October 2012
The European Space Agency, together with Eumetsat, is organising the 3rd MERIS/(A)ATSR and OCLI-SLSTR (Sentinel-3) Preparatory Workshop, which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 15 to 19 October 2012.
24 - 26 October 2012
The Eighth Conference on Image Information Mining will be held at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Oberpfaffenhofen, Munich, Germany in October 2012. The event is sponsored by European Image Information Mining Coordination Group (IIMCG) and the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). This year's conference focuses on Knowledge Discovery from Earth Observation Data. The main topics to be discussed during the conference are: image information mining, image semantic automatic annotation, multi modal and multi-sensor information extraction. The event is aimed at European Space agencies and organisations, aerospace industry and research centres.
Earth Observation Resources
24 September 2012
The latest release of the CryoSat User Tool (CUT) version 3.0.1 is now available to download for free.
The CryoSat User Tool is a Windows stand-alone application for displaying and downloading CryoSat products from remote FTP servers or from local directories.