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The end of GRACE

19 December 2017

GRACE, part of ESA's Third Party Missions programme, came to an end on 27 October. This joint mission of DLR and NASA measured the Earth's gravity field for fifteen years, much longer than the five years the satellites were expected to operate.

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CryoSat Baseline C Ocean Product documents released

18 December 2017

In addition to the data sample and product format specification documents, CryoSat scientific users are informed that the two key documents dealing with the Baseline C ocean products are now available.

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Montecito Fires, California

A large forest fire is raging in Montecito County in California. Known as the Thomas Fire, it has affected more than a thousand buildings and firefighters are working to extinguish the flames. Natural and false-colour Landsat 8 imagery was used to compare the area before and after the fires began; demonstrating the scale of the fire in the first week of December.

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Venice, Italy

This Sentinel image comparison features Venice, the famous "City of Bridges" in Italy. The comparison uses Sentinel-1 and -2 images to highlight the different applications the Copernicus Sentinels provide for urban monitoring.

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Lake Chany, Russia

20 December 2017


This 100m Proba-V image, taken on 01 December 2016, provides a winter scene of Lake Chany in Russia.

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Reindeer Island

22 December 2017

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over part of Lake Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba on 6 October 2017, with Reindeer Island visible in the lower-right part of the image.

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2nd Sentinel-2 Validation Team Meeting

29 - 31 January 2018

The objective of the Sentinel-2 Validation Team Meeting (S2VT) is to collect independent validation evidence and experimental data to support the Sentinel-2 Mission. The meeting will be held at ESRIN in Frascati, Italy from 29 to 31 January 2018. The S2VT aims at providing valuable feedback on the mission core products through the experience gained by S2VT members while exploiting Sentinel-2 data. Such recommendations will be taken into consideration by ESA.

In this framework, the S2VT aims at involving world-class expertise and activities, through shared benefit collaboration, that support the implementation of the Sentinel-2 validation activities and ensure the best possible outcomes for the Sentinel-2 mission.

The meeting will be structured around a set of plenary presentations given by expert practitioners working with Sentinel-2 and other similar missions to inform on the lessons learned and priorities based on experience, a poster session of potential cal/val community activities including validation campaigns and methods.

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LPVE2018 - Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution

27 February - 01 March 2018

Following the successful LPVE 2014, the European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting scientists and Cal/Val experts to present the latest results from their on-going research, including the evolution of products, the latest development in validation, the inter-comparison methodologies and the evolution of algorithms, at the 2018 Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution (LPVE 2018).

The workshop will be held at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 27 February to 01 March 2018; it intends to address the following objectives:

  • Provide an overview on current land product Cal/Val approaches and protocols and their evolution
  • Revisit existing calibration and validation protocols and standards in the light of newly available satellite data, including Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3
  • Present land product inter-comparison methodologies (in situ, satellite-satellite)
  • Discuss data harmonisation approaches across sensors
  • Identify key recommendations for ESA land product algorithm evolution
  • Formulate recommendations for future land products and future Cal/Val activities
  • Encourage close collaboration between Cal/Val and research groups

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2nd Mapping Water Bodies (MWBS 2018)

27 - 28 March 2018

The European Space Agency is organising the 2nd Mapping Water Bodies from Space Conference. This conference will be held at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy, on 27 and 28 March 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 is open to ESA Principal Investigators and Co-investigators, Sentinel users, Scientists, Students, Representatives from national, European and international space agencies, research labs and value adding industries.

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MicroRad 2018

27 - 30 March 2018

The 15th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment (MicroRad 2018) will be held from 27 to 30 March 2018 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

MicroRad 2018 is an international forum for presenting recent achievements in instrumentation and engineering as well as scientific applications of microwave radiometry. MicroRad 2018 is sponsored by the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Microwave Remote Sensing Center (MRSC-CeTeM) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Proceedings from the MicroRad conference will be archived by IEEE in IEEE Xplore. A special issue/section of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS) is planned for the publication of original and peer-reviewed papers presented at the meeting.

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Proba-V Symposium 2018

29 - 31 May 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) in cooperation with the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) have organised the second Proba-V Symposium, which will take place in Ostend, Belgium, from 29 to 31 May 2018.

The symposium will promote the scientific and operational exploitation of Proba-V data and is open to Proba-V users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries.

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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.