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Brazil joins the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters'

In the year that severe flooding and landslides claimed over 800 lives in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil has joined the international space organisation that makes timely satellite data available to rescue authorities during disasters.

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GOCE Mass property file has been updated

11 November 2011

The GOCE Mass property file has been updated with data up to 31/10/2011.

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Upgrade of L1 Operational processor in SMOS processing chain

16 November 2011

A new version of the Level 1 processor (v504) has been deployed in the operational chain on 14 November, now including a direct Sun correction based on a self-estimate of the Sun temperature, as reported in the news item 26 October 2011.

SMOS Science Workshop 2011

16 November 2011

The first SMOS science workshop took place on 27-29 September 2011 in Arles, France, jointly organised by ESA and the French Space Agency (CNES).

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Landsat-5 X-Band Communication System Status

15 November 2011

The Landsat-5 X-Band Communication System is currently experiencing difficulties which could lead to an early Loss of the X-Band Signal.

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Planning activities


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Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
13-Nov-2011 50753 ASA_IM_IS7_VV
18-Nov-2011 50832 ASA_IM_IS7_VV
29-Nov-2011 50990 ASA_IM_IS5_VV
02-Dec-2011 51026 ASA_IM_IS5_VV

Satellite: Envisat
Date Orbit Instrument Mode
22-Nov-2011 50885 ASA_WSM_VV
25-Nov-2011 50928 ASA_WSM_VV
03-Dec-2011 51036 ASA_WSM_VV
03-Dec-2011 51043 ASA_WSM_VV
06-Dec-2011 51086 ASA_WSM_VV

Earth Watching activities

New images have been published for the following event:
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Thailand floods

Water has since advanced into parts of the capital and continues to threaten key business and shopping districts in central Bangkok.

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Insurance Industry 2012

23 - 24 February 2012

The European Space Agency is hosting an industry workshop in ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy on 23 - 24 February 2012. Earth Observation (EO) data and services can deliver significant benefits to the scientific, public and private sector communities and this workshop examines the potential value of this data to the insurance industry.

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Sentinel-2 Preparatory Symposium

23 - 27 April 2012

The European Space Agency is organising the first 'Sentinel-2 Preparatory Symposium', which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 23 to 27 April 2012.

The Symposium is open to ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-2 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industries.

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Atmospheric Science Conference 2012

18 - 22 June 2012

The European Space Agency is organizing a conference on the topical theme atmosphere to provide scientists and data users with the opportunity to present first-hand and up-to-date results from their ongoing research and application development activities using data from atmospheric instruments on ERS-2, Envisat, Metop and ESA Third Party Missions.

The Conference will be held at the Oud Sint Jan congress centre in Bruges in Belgium.


Abstract Submission deadline: 03 February 2012

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SeaSAR 2012 Workshop

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.


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ESA EO Summer School 2012 on earth system monitoring and modelling

30 July - 10 August 2012

The European Space Agency (ESA) organizes a series of summer schools on Monitoring of the Earth System to promote the exploitation of Earth Observation EO data across disciplines, with a specific focus on their assimilation into Earth System models.

The two-week course, held in ESA/ESRIN (near Rome, Italy) during August (typically every two years) aims to provide students with an integrated end-to-end perspective going from measurement techniques to end-user applications.

The school is open to young researchers (Ph.D. students, young post-doctoral scientists) who are specialised in a variety of Earth Science disciplines and wish to expand and improve their knowledge and skills.


Deadline for applications: 29 February 2012

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20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry

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.

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(RSS) New MERIS Global Vegetation Index (MGVI) collections available

16 November 2011

The MGVI Catalogue Service available on SSE has been enhanced by adding new collections over new areas of interest.