15 February 2013
For decades, scientists have disagreed about whether the sea is higher or lower heading north along the east coast of North America. Thanks to precision gravity data from ESA's GOCE satellite, this controversial issue has now been settled. The answer? It's lower.
GOCE Level-1 and Level-2 products up to November 2012 have now been made available through the GOCE Virtual On-line Archive (VOA).
Together with DLR, EUSI GmbH and Astrium Geo-Information Services, ESA is providing free satellite image data to the participants of the GEO Illustration Challenge "Traces of Humankind".
19 February 2013
Good news for Europe's Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme: the European Council has secured the programme's EU funding through 2020.
13 February 2013
ESA and NASA have joined forces to ensure that Sentinel-2 and the newly launched Landsat Data Continuity Mission offer compatible data products, thereby bringing greater benefits to users of images of Earth's land and coastal zones.
Image of the Week
Central Panama and its 80 km-long ship canal that connects the Atlantic - via the Caribbean Sea - and Pacific Oceans are pictured in this Envisat image.
Completed in 1914, the Panama Canal is one of the greatest engineering projects of the last century. 'Locks' at either end of the waterway are used to lift entering ships up to the canal's level of 26 m, and lower them to sea level as they exit.
Earth Observation Events
13 - 15 March 2013
The European Space Agency is organising a workshop on Atmospheric Chemistry and Composition Validation and Product Evolution. The Workshop will be held from 13 to 15 March 2013 in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.
The aim of the workshop is to present Cal/Val results from ENVISAT, ERS-2 and other Third Party Missions (GOSAT/Odin/OMI/SciSat/Terra-Aqua) to encourage contributions for future ESA missions (Earth Explorers, Sentinels) using existing data sets and Cal/Val infrastructures.
07 - 12 April 2013
The EGU General Assembly 2013 will be held at the ACV centre in Vienna, Austria, from 7 to 12 April 2013. The event will bring together geoscientists from all over the world into one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. Especially for young scientists, it is the aim of the EGU to provide a forum where they can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geosciences.
Early registration deadline: 13 March 2013
06 - 08 May 2013
The international meeting on Ocean Surface Currents will be held at ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands, from 6 to 8 May 2013.
The aim of this meeting is to review scientific priorities, assess new technologies, discuss novel mission concepts and advance towards the definition of the next generation of ocean surface currents measurements from space.
Extended abstract submission deadline: 15 March 2013
17 - 19 June 2013
The 7th International Atmospheric Limb Conference and Workshop will be held in Bremen, Germany at the “Haus der Wissenschaft” from 17 to 19 June 2013. The conference is hosted by the Institute of Environmental Physics (University of Bremen).
The conference will focus on various scientific based topics such as limb and occultation measurements, past, recent and future atmospheric instruments, observation and modelling, spectroscopy, retrieval algorithms and data assimilation.
Abstract submission deadline: 28 March 2013
01 - 03 July 2013
The Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop will be held at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 1 to 3 July 2013. The objective of the workshop is to discuss and reconcile recent methodological advances in the validation and application of global satellite soil moisture data. The workshop will focus on soil moisture products derived from current and future active and passive microwave sensors operating in the low frequency range from 1 to 10 GHz, including but not limited to ASCAT, SMOS, AMSR-E, ASAR, SMAP, Sentinel-1 and any combination thereof.
Abstract submission and registration deadline: 01 March 2013
01 - 05 July 2013
The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a series of advanced thematic training courses devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and Third Party EO Missions for science and applications development.
Post graduate, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada interested in land remote sensing and its applications are invited to attend a 5 day course which will be held in Harokopio University, Athens, Greece from 1 to 5 July 2013. Research scientists and students from all other countries are also welcome to apply and participate to the course, subject to space availability.
09 - 13 September 2013
The 2013 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium follows the previous successful symposia held in Bergen (2010), Montreux (2007) and Salzburg (2004). The event will be held in Edinburgh, United Kingdom from 09 to 13 September 2013 and is organised with the support of the UK Space Agency.
The aim of the Symposium is to present the results of ESA EO missions exploitation by providing a forum for investigators to report and discuss results of on-going science activities.
28 - 31 October 2013
The Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems Conference (Acivs 2013) will be held in Poznan, Poland from 28 to 31 October 2013.
The conference will focus on techniques for building adaptive, intelligent, safe and secure imaging systems. Both classical research papers and application papers are welcome.
Early registration deadline: 13 September 2013
04 - 08 November 2013
This workshop will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 4 to 8 November 2013, the week before the First COSPAR Symposium.
The workshop is open to undergraduate students, young researchers and professionals (under 35) who are studying or working in a variety of Earth Science disciplines and wish to expand and improve their knowledge and skills. The course includes lectures and topic based discussions related to remote sensing concepts and principles. Participation is limited to a maximum of 25 students.
Application form submission deadline: 31 May 2013
11 - 15 November 2013
The First COSPAR Symposium 2013 will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 11 to 15 November 2013.
This symposium is the first of a new series which aims at promoting space and astronomical research at regional level.
The Symposium features plenary lectures, parallel, poster and training sessions. The sessions will be multi-disciplinary, ranging in a wide variety of topics from astronomy, Earth observation, planetology and astrobiology.
The Symposium is open to scientists, young professionals and students world-wide.
Early registration deadline: 10 September 2013