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Swarm Total Electron Current products

18 June 2015

The production of the Total Electron Content (TEC) data has started on 8 June 2015. The description of these products and scientific quality validation is documented here.

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CryoSat Baseline C FDM L1b products now generated with the L0 Platform Attitude information

09 June 2015

CryoSat users are informed that the Baseline C L1b FDM products are now generated with full information on the attitude (antenna bench roll, pitch and yaw angles). For Baseline C production ranging from 01 April 2015 to noon 4 June 2015 the attitude information was not yet available, but this issue has now been fixed with the installation of an upgraded version of the processor.

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Sentinel-2A poised high

17 June 2015

With less than a week to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme is now in position high up in the launch tower at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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Sentinel-3 strips off

17 June 2015

Building a satellite is a complex business, most of which goes on in the confines of a cleanroom. This new animation shows the upcoming Sentinel-3 satellite stripped bare, revealing its inner glory - a view normally only granted to the engineers responsible for piecing together this extraordinary technology.

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Sentinel-1 brings radar remote sensing to new level

08 June 2015

With frequent observations from the year-old Sentinel-1A radar satellite scientists are improving the remote sensing technique to map ground deformation, opening new doors for earthquake and volcano monitoring.

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SPOT-5 Sentinel-2 Take 5 time series available

19 June 2015

ESA and CNES are pleased to announce that the new distribution site for SPOT-5 (Take 5) products is now open. The site also provides SPOT-4 (Take 5) data.

ESA SPOT Collection directly downloadable after fast registration

18 June 2015

ESA is pleased to announce that the ESA SPOT collection is now available online, directly downloadable after fast registration and user identity check.

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Australia teams up with Europe's Earth observation community

17 June 2015

ESA and Australia's CSIRO national research organisation have signed an agreement which will give Australia better access to information from Europe's Earth-observing satellites, while ESA will benefit from Australia's scientific expertise.

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Worldwide water quality app hits the web

16 June 2015

Former Copernicus Masters competition winner EOMAP has launched the first harmonised, high-resolution inland water quality monitoring service based on satellite data.

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Wetland management on the radar

11 June 2015

An ESA project focuses on exploiting satellite radar data to monitor wetlands for sustainable water management.

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New Earth Observation Science Strategy

10 June 2015

Recently published, ESA's new Earth Observation Science Strategy aims to cover all areas of science to which Earth observation missions can contribute.

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Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia-Florida, United States

19 June 2015


This 100 m Proba-V image of 10 December 2014 shows the Okefenokee Swamp, situated at the Georgia-Florida border in the United States. It is visible as a dark green area in the middle of the image.

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Sahel, Mali

09 June 2015


This Proba-V 100 m image of 1 June 2015 shows central Mali and the Inner Niger Delta near the city of Mopti; the Inner Niger Delta is a bifurcation of the Niger River and one of its tributaries, the Bani River.

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Valencia, Spain

Valencia, one of Spain's largest cities, is pictured in this Landsat comparison. The images from Landsat 5 and 8 show how the city has developed over the past 31 years.

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Sampit, Indonesia

12 June 2015

This image from Sentinel-1A's radar brings us over Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo.

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3rd Space for Hydrology Workshop

15 - 17 September 2015

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, and CNES is organising a sequel event to Hydrospace2007 held at WMO. This event is the 3rd Space for Hydrology Workshop - Titled "Surface Water Storage and Runoff: Modelling, In-Situ data and Remote Sensing". The workshop will take place from 15 to 17 September 2015 at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy.

The main objectives of the workshop are to prepare for the exploitation of the next generation of altimeters, to bring together hydrologists, both developing models and collecting in-situ data, and space scientists in order to tackle the future challenges in the hydrology of surface water storage and runoff.

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Earth Observation Science 2.0

12 - 14 October 2015

The European Space Agency (ESA) invites you to attend the first EO Science 2.0 conference to be held in ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) from 12 to 14 October 2015 to present your work, share your experience with many scientists across disciplines, and influence the evolution of Earth Observation (EO) science support activities.

EO Science 2.0 refers to the rapid and systematic changes in doing and organising EO science driven by the rapid advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) combined with a growing demand to do Science for Society and Science in Society. Today, rapid exchange of digital information is fostering a new world of data-intensive research, characterised by openness, transparency, reproducibility of results, access to large volume of complex data, availability of community tools and massive computing power, and new collaboration among researchers and new actors such as Citizen Scientists. In this context, this first conference will explore the new challenges and opportunities created by these rapid advances in ICT for EO science and develop a roadmap to address them.

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Earth Observation for Water Cycle Science 2015

20 - 23 October 2015

The European Space Agency is jointly organising, with GEWEX, a conference on the global water cycle. The conference will take place from 20 to 23 October 2015 at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy.

The purpose of this topical conference is to review our knowledge on the water cycle science at different scales in space and time; to advocate for the development of robust satellite geo-information data products to characterise and model the water cycle from global to basin scales; and to foster the improvement of models and data assimilation systems to support local, regional and global water cycle predictions, climate change impacts and development of mitigation strategies in water resources management.

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Mapping Urban Areas from Space (MUAS) 2015 conference

04 - 05 November 2015

The European Space Agency is organising, in the context of the Data User Element (DUE) of the Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP), a conference on Mapping Urban Areas from Space (MUAS) 2015. The conference will be held at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy, from 04 to 05 November 2015.

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 ongoing research and application development activities by using data from past and current satellites.

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2nd GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting (UCM)

04 - 06 November 2015

Following the 1st successful UCM held last year in Plymouth, UK, the Second GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting will be held at IFREMER, Brest, France, from 04 to 06 November 2015.

This User Consultation Meeting offers an overview of the project progress and an opportunity to influence the future development through evaluation of preliminary products, clarification of user requirements and discussion of how the system will develop.

The meeting is open to International scientists, Industry and Institutions having an interest in Ocean Surface Current measurements from space, and will include a mix of plenary presentations, breakout groups and training activities focused on new products and services developed by the GlobCurrent Project.

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Proba-V Symposium

26 - 28 January 2016

The European Space Agency (ESA) in cooperation with the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is organising an event dedicated to the scientific and operational exploitation of Proba-V mission. The event, entitled "Proba-V Symposium", will be hosted in Ghent (Belgium), in the Mariott Hotel, from 26 to 28 January 2016. The Symposium is open to Proba-V users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries.

The main objectives of the workshop are:

  • Gather and foster the Proba-V scientific and user community
  • Present the Proba-V mission status, calibration results, algorithms and products quality
  • Provide a forum for investigators to report and discuss results of on-going science activities using Proba-V data
  • Provide a forum for international exchange on land, inland/coastal water and cryosphere applications
  • Report on and promote the use of Proba-V data for downstream operational services
  • Consult scientists to formulate community recommendations for algorithm and products improvements

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Living Planet Symposium 2016

09 - 13 May 2016

The 2016 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 09 to 13 May 2016. It is organised with the support of the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.

The event, which in 2013 attracted 1800 participants, will focus on the exploitation of satellite data in various thematic domains: Atmosphere, Oceanography, Cryosphere, Land, Hazards, Climate and Meteorology, Solid Earth/Geodesy, Near-Earth Environment, New Methodologies and Products, Open Science 2.0.

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Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science 2016

10 - 13 May 2016

The Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science 2016 conference will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 10 to 13 May 2016. The event is jointly organised by the European Space Agency and the Climate and Cryosphere Project.

The purpose of this topical conference is to advance our knowledge on the potential offered by EO technology to answer some of the major open questions in cryosphere science; to review the latest developments on advanced EO-based geo-information data products addressing key cryosphere processes; and identify the major scientific requirements and challenges of the cryosphere scientific community for the coming years where EO may contribute.


Registration deadline: 22 April 2016