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Sentinel-1B in position for liftoff

20 April 2016

With just two days to liftoff, the next Sentinel for Europe's environmental monitoring programme is now poised high in the launch tower at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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Teams ready for Sentinel-1B launch

21 April 2016

A final, full rehearsal has confirmed that teams at ESA's mission control are ready for tomorrow's launch of the Sentinel-1B radar satellite.

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Sentinel-1 sees rice paddy drop in the Mekong Delta

18 April 2016

Europe's Sentinel-1A satellite has shown that the Mekong River Delta - one of the world's major rice-growing areas - saw a significant drop in productivity over the past year, illustrating the effect of El NiƱo on food security.

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Sentinel-1 counts fish

21 April 2016

Images from the Sentinel-1A satellite are being used to monitor aquaculture in the Mediterranean, in another example of the mission's contribution to food security, as fisheries become the main source of seafood.

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Swarm - Software issue in Rinex converter fixed

15 April 2016

With the deployment of the new L1b processor version 3.17, a software issue in the Rinex converter has been fixed that caused high noise in the code range observations contained in the Swarm GPSx_RO_1B products.

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New, easier access to IKONOS data

15 April 2016

ESA is pleased to announce that the access to IKONOS data is now easier than ever. The collection (Geo Ortho Kit) is now available through the Static Map for immediate HTTP download, after fast registration. Data is made available free of charge.

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Copernicus Masters open for entries

20 April 2016

In the past five years, Copernicus Masters has selected 39 winners out of more than 1200 applicants from 60 countries, who submitted some 700 cutting-edge business ideas.

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Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanon's capital city, Beirut, is featured in this Landsat comparison. Acquired thirty-two years apart by Landsat 5 and 8, the images show the city has experienced large growth since 1984.

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Everglades, Florida - International Mother Earth Day - 22 April 2016

19 April 2016


This colourful daily synthesis image, captured by Proba-V at the end of February 2016, extends from Whitewater Bay, the dark body of water in the west to the long stretch of islands just above sea level - the Florida Keys - in the southeast.

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Dasht-e Kavir

22 April 2016

The swirling landscape of Iran's salt desert, Dasht-e Kavir, is reminiscent of an abstract painting in this Sentinel-1 image, which combines combines three scans from Sentinel-1A's radar on 21 January, 14 February and 9 March 2016.

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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

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4S Symposium

30 May - 03 June 2016

The 4S Symposium will be held in Valletta, Malta, from 30 May to 03 June 2016.

The special topic of 2016, Small Satellites Go Viral!, will be addressed in a dedicated session on the first day of the event. Contributions addressing this topic are highly welcome.

As in previous years, the programme will also cover technical sessions: Mission and System Analysis; Applications such as Earth Observation, Science, Telecommunication and Navigation; New Technologies at system, sub-system and component level. A special session will be dedicated to access to space of Small Satellites, as launchers, platform cross-compatibility.

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Colour and Light in the Ocean from Earth Observation (CLEO)

06 - 08 September 2016

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, and PML are organising a workshop, called Colour and Light in the Ocean from Earth Observation: Relevance and Applications; Products from Space and Perspectives from Models hosted at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy from 6 to 8 September 2016.

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2nd International workshop on Air-Sea Gas Flux Climatology

06 - 09 September 2016

The 2nd International workshop on Air-Sea Gas Flux Climatology follows on from the first successful workshop that was held 2013. This is highly interdisciplinary workshop aimed at bringing the multiple communities studying air-sea exchange and gas fluxes together to discuss common, aims, goals and challenges. The workshop aims to bring together the in situ, remote sensing and modelling scientific communities and funding bodies.

 

For interest - the workshop report and programme from the first workshop is available here.

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ESA EO Open Science Conference

12 - 16 September 2016

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising the second Earth Observation Open Science community consultation at ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) from 12 to 14 September 2016 to explore the new challenges and opportunities for EO research created by the rapid advances in digital technologies.

These include open tools and software, data-intensive science, virtual research environment, citizen science, advanced visualization, and e-education of the new generation of Data scientists.

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1st ESA Advanced Training Course on Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere

12 - 16 September 2016

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a new advanced Cryosphere Training Course devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO Missions (e.g. the Sentinels) for science and applications development.

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3rd Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop

21 - 22 September 2016

The 3rd Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application workshop will be held in New York City, USA, from 21 to 22 September 2016 (the exact location has yet to be decided).

The objective of this workshop series is to discuss and reconcile methodological advances in the validation and application of global satellite soil moisture data.

The workshop is unique in that it brings together satellite soil moisture users and developers to focus on both the derivation and exploration of soil moisture data from both passive and active microwave satellite missions (SMAP, SMOS, ASCAT, AMSR-2, Sentinel-1, and other legacy missions).

 

Please note that this workshop will follow a SMAP Cal/Val Workshop on 19 and 20 September 2016 that will be held in Manhattan and is open to all that are interested in SMAP.

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International workshop on measuring high-wind speeds over the ocean

15 - 17 November 2016

A three day workshop on the science and applications of remotely-sensed ocean surface winds, with a focus on high or extreme wind speeds. The workshop will be held at the Met Office headquarters in the cathedral city of Exeter, United Kingdom, from 15 to 17 November 2016.

Topics will include:

  • Status of monitoring ocean-surface winds from space: current and future instruments
  • Methods and models for retrieving high winds from satellite observing systems
  • Ocean surface wind products, synergies, and validation of high wind speeds
  • Applications for ocean-atmosphere interactions
  • Applications for numerical weather prediction (NWP)
  • Applications for tropical cyclone and extra-tropical storms
  • Climate applications