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Lake Van water height from Sentinel-3B

11 May 2018

Launched on 25 April 2018, the Sentinel-3B satellite has already delivered impressive first images from its ocean and land colour instrument and from its radiometer. It has now also delivered data from its altimeter – which means that all of the instruments are working well.

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New view of Antarctica in 3D

11 May 2018

Thanks to ESA's CryoSat mission, a new map of Antarctica provides the most accurate 3D view ever of the continent's vast ice sheet and floating ice shelves.

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Eight years of SMOS Arctic sea ice thickness level now available from SMOS Data dissemination portal

16 May 2018

Daily maps of sea ice thickness based on SMOS Observations, covering the winter seasons in the Arctic for the period of October-April from year 2010/2011 to year 2017/2018, are now available from the SMOS Data dissemination portal.

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Ocean Salinity Science Conference 2018

18 May 2018

ESA and CNES are jointly organizing the 2018 Ocean Salinity Science Conference, which will take place at the Sorbonne University, Paris, France, from 06 to 09 November 2018.


Users interested in participating can submit an abstract until 06 July 2018.

3rd GEO Data Providers Workshop drives forward global technical cooperation on data for development

Ambition to improve and increase the impact of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) is palpable following the success of the largest-ever GEO Data Providers Workshop.

MUAS 2018 Conference

09 May 2018

In the frame of the EO Science for Society Programme Element, the European Space Agency is organising the second conference on Mapping Urban Areas from Space - MUAS 2018. The Conference will be held at ESA-ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) from 30 to 31 October 2018.


Abstract submission will remain open until 31 May 2018.

1st International SORBETTO Summer School

11 May 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) through its Earth Observation ground segment team is co-sponsoring the 1st international summer school-conference: "SORBETTO: SOlar Radiation Based Established Techniques for aTmospheric Observations", together with the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Research Council of Italy (ISAC-CNR) and the University Sapienza of Rome.

ESA's Φ-week event rescheduled to November 2018

08 May 2018

Please note that ESA's Φ-week event  - initially planned for October - has now been rescheduled to 12 to 16 November 2018.

The abstract submission and call for exhibitors deadline has been extended accordingly to 20 May.

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Beirut, Lebanon

This weeks Earth Watching comparison shows the city of Beirut, Lebanon and its Mediterranian coastline. Sentinel-1 and 2 imagery is used here to emphasise the difference between the radar and optical images the satellites provide.

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Mont Saint-Michel, France

18 May 2018

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel in northern France. This image was captured when the tide was out so that the vast area of sand dunes is exposed cut by meandering channels of shallow water.

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Betsiboka River, Madagascar

15 May 2018

Proba-V takes us over the Betsiboka Delta in northwestern Madagascar in this 100m image of 13 May 2017.

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7th International EarthCARE Science Workshop and 1st ESA EarthCARE Validation Workshop

11 - 15 June 2018

The international science community is invited to participate in the EarthCARE Science and Validation Workshop, which is jointly organised by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German EarthCARE Project Office at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the European Space Agency (ESA), in cooperation with our partners, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT).

The workshop - which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 11 to 15 June 2018 - will provide the forum for the discussion of the preparation of the EarthCARE mission exploitation and its product validation.

It combines the Seventh International EarthCARE Science Workshop and the First ESA EarthCARE Validation Workshop, following ESA's Announcement of Opportunity for submitting proposals for the calibration and validation of EarthCARE, to organise the activities of the Principal Investigators. The workshops will be arranged side-by-side in respective morning and evening sessions during the week.


Registration is open

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EO4Alps - The Alps from space workshop

27 - 29 June 2018

The European Space Agency is organising the 'EO4Alps' The Alps from Space Workshop, which will take place from 27 to 29 June 2018 at the Villa Blanka Conference Center, in Innsbruck, Austria.

The focus of this workshop is to assess the opportunities for EO research and development as well as downstream activities that may be the basis for future ESA investments to address some of the key information needs relevant to the Alpine Region. These opportunities will be framed with respect to emerging Earth science, development of novel applications, testing innovative information services and implementing required upgrades to capabilities to manage and manipulate large data volumes.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  1. To assess the status and priority interests in the European Alpine Region for Earth Science, geo-information and operational monitoring
  2. Review the main activities, projects and initiatives taking place in the different Alpine application areas, where Earth observation from space can contribute
  3. Evaluate the potential of the increasing observation capacity by satellites to address needs for science, applications and information services in the European Alpine region
  4. Characterise and address data collection and analysis gaps and define high-level requirements for supporting ICT solutions to advance EO data infrastructure capabilities in the Alpine region

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1st International SORBETTO Summer School

02 - 06 July 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) through its Earth Observation ground segment team responsible for the Sensor Performance and Product Algorithm (SPPA) is co-sponsoring, together with the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Research Council of Italy (ISAC-CNR) and the University Sapienza of Rome, the 1st international summer school-conference: "SORBETTO: SOlar Radiation Based Established Techniques for aTmospheric Observations".

The school will be held in Rome from 02 to 06 July 2018 and is open to researchers, young or not, PhD students and workers involved in this type of atmospheric observations.

Main topics in agenda will be:

  • Radiometry (theory, networks, calibration)
  • Photometry (theory, networks, calibration)
  • Inter-comparison campaigns
  • Spectrometry (theory, networks, calibration)
  • Calibration and Validation of satellite missions
  • Laboratories

The school, open to a maximum number of 40 participants, will include theoretic lessons and laboratory activities held by international teachers from leading Universities and Research Centers in Europe and Asia. Attendance to the school-conference is free of charge.


For further information as well as to submit requests for participation, see the ISAC-CNR website


For any request, please contact: sorbetto2018@artov.isac.cnr.it

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42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly

14 - 22 July 2018

The 42nd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) will be held in Pasadena, California, USA, from 14 to 22 July 2018.

See the list of scientific events (sessions) under the COSPAR Scientific Commission (Space Studies of the Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate).

Event A2.1 'Scientific Exploitation of Oceanographic Measurements From New Missions and Heritage Data Sets' is particularly noteworthy, as the aim of this session is to foster scientific applications of satellite measurements from past and current missions to study variability of the ocean and its relationships with changes in other elements of the Earth system, including atmosphere, cryosphere, and land.

We invite contributions to all aspects of satellite oceanography associated with the use of satellite observations and derived estimates of various oceanographic parameters, including sea surface temperature, height, and salinity, ocean surface wind and current, ocean colour, and sea ice. Potential topics include scientific analysis of these data and their assimilation into models. Synergistic use of satellite measurements of different oceanic parameters is particularly encouraged.

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8th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing

10 - 14 September 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing dedicated to training the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from EO missions (e.g. the Copernicus Sentinels) for science and applications development.

 

The course is part of ESA's EO Science for Society – Scientific Exploitation element of EOEP-5 (the fifth cycle of ESA's Earth Observation Envelope Programme).

 

Post graduate, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada are invited to apply to the 5-day course which will be held at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom during 10–14 September 2018. Research scientists and students from all other countries are also welcome to apply, subject to availability of spaces.

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25 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry Symposium

24 - 29 September 2018

Following on from the 15 Years and 20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry Symposia in 2006 and 2012, both deemed very successful landmarks by the participants and the readership of the Proceedings, we have now reached the 25-year anniversary of the first supply of ERS-1 and TOPEX/Poseidon data products to the Altimetry Community.

 

To mark the occasion, the European Space Agency (ESA) in collaboration with the French Space Agency (CNES) is organising an exceptional Symposium on "25 years of Progress in Radar Altimetry". The event will take place in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores Archipelago (Portugal) from 24 to 29 September 2018, and will be sponsored by other partner agencies and organisations supporting the development of altimetry.

 

Along with the symposium, related events will take place in the same week which includes the annual meeting of the Ocean Surface Topography Science Team (OSTST) and the International DORIS Service (IDS) Workshop.

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Mapping Urban Areas from Space 2018 - MUAS 2018

30 - 31 October 2018

In the frame of the EO Science for Society Programme Element, the European Space Agency is organising the second conference on Mapping Urban Areas from Space 2018 - MUAS 2018.

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 on-going research and application development activities by using data from past and current satellites.

The conference will be held at ESA - ESRIN (Frascati - Italy) from 30 to 31 October 2018.

The outcome of this conference will help to further shape the next generation of R&D activities in the frame of ESA's Earth Observation Programmes.


Registration deadline: 29 October 2018

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Ocean Salinity Science Conference 2018

06 - 09 November 2018

Jointly organized by ESA and CNES, the 2018 Ocean Salinity Science Conference will take place from 06 to 09 November 2018 at the Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

 

Ocean salinity is a key parameter that links various elements of the water cycle to ocean circulation dynamics and climate. Furthermore, salinity is a key dynamical parameter that influences oceans dynamics. Through the advent of new observing technologies, remote sensing and in situ, salinity research has gained much attention over the recent years, now leading to rapidly growing new insights.

 

The conference intends to bring together communities working on all aspects of ocean salinity investigations, including analyses undertaken from in situ and satellite observations, numerical models, and data assimilation. The conference will review progress and ongoing work, and aims to identify the next frontiers in the fields of ocean salinity science. In particular, it will focus on recent progress in:

 

  1. Observing ocean salinity
  2. Process-based insights from field observations
  3. Ocean dynamics and salinity assimilation in ocean models
  4. Global freshwater cycle and climate variability
  5. Biogeochemistry
  6. Surface freshwater fluxes, run off, and sea ice.
  7. Challenges and requirements for future salinity observing, remote sensing and in situ.

Registration deadline: 15 October 2018

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ESA Earth Observation Φ-week

12 - 16 November 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a Φ-week event focusing on EO Open Science and FutureEO to review the latest developments in Open Science trends and kick-start innovative activities of the recently created Φ-department. This department and its associated Φ-lab is looking at FutureEO and aims to identify, support and scale bold EO ideas. This event will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN.

 

Registration deadline: 4 November 2018.

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Conference on Big Data from Space - BiDS'19

19 - 21 February 2019

The 2019 Conference on Big Data from Space (BiDS'19) 'Turning Data into Insights', takes place on 19-21 February 2019 in Alte Kongresshalle, Munich, Germany.

The BiDS'19 Conference is co-organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, and the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen).

Big Data from Space refers to the massive spatio-temporal Earth and Space observation data collected by a variety of sensors - ranging from ground based to space-borne - and the synergetic use of data coming from other sources and communities.

 

For more information and important dates please visit the course website.

 

Extended paper submission deadline: 26 October 2018