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Full Bit Rate CryoSat L1b data dissemination - Redirection performed

19 January 2015

CryoSat operations users formerly downloading the Full Bit Rate (FBR) L1b products from the Cal-Val server are informed that the dissemination has successfully been moved to a new online hosted service, as previously announced on 9 January 2015.

Version 2.1 of CryoSat software routines released

20 January 2015

In preparation for the release of baseline C, the software routines written in ANSI C and IDL that can be used to read the L1b and L2 CryoSat products, have been upgraded.

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Satellites catch Austfonna shedding ice

23 January 2015

Rapid ice loss in a remote Arctic ice cap has been detected by the Sentinel-1A and CryoSat satellites.

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The 12th Generation International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF)

21 January 2015

IAGA has released the 12th generation International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF). The IGRF is a series of standard mathematical models describing the large scale internal part of the Earth's magnetic field between epochs 1900 A.D and present. Data from ESA's Swarm satellite mission were crucial to the development of IGRF-12.

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Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

20 January 2015


This Proba-V 100 m image, acquired on 09 January 2015, beautifully shows the Cape region of South Africa, with Cape Town, Table Mountain, and the Cape of Good Hope visible in the left part.

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria and one of the oldest cities in Europe, is featured in this Landsat comparison. Acquired thirty years apart, the Landsat 5 and 8 images shows how the city has grown since 1984.

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Aletsch Glacier

23 January 2015

Parts of the Swiss and Italian Alps are pictured in this Landsat-8 satellite image, acquired 08 June 2014, and laid over a digital elevation model to give us a 3D perspective.

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POLinSAR 2015 and 1st BIOMASS Science Workshop

26 - 30 January 2015

The European Space Agency is jointly organising the 7th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry, POLinSAR 2015, and the 1st BIOMASS Science workshop. The workshops will be held in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy on the following dates:

  • POLinSAR 2015: 26 to 30 January 2015
  • 1st BIOMASS Science workshop: 27 to 30 January 2015

The objectives of the workshops are to provide a forum for exchange on the latest advances and research in SAR polarimetry and to gather a scientific community for ESA's future BIOMASS mission.

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ADM-Aeolus Science and Cal/Val Workshop

10 - 13 February 2015

The ADM-Aeolus Science and Cal/Val Workshop will take place at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy, from 10 to 13 February 2015.

The objective of the workshop is to bring scientists and Cal/Val Principle Investigators (PI) together at ESA to present and discuss the upcoming ADM-Aeolus mission and its products, science applications and Calibration and Validation aspects. Furthermore, the scientific community are invited to present their plans for the use of the Aeolus data and to start getting familiar with the expected products and product quality.

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Mapping Water Bodies from Space conference

18 - 19 March 2015

The European Space Agency is organising, in the context of the Data User Element (DUE) programme, a conference on Mapping Water Bodies from Space - MWBS 2015. The conference will be held at ESA-ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) on the 18 and 19 of March 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. The outcome of this conference will help to further shape the next generation of R&D activities in the frame of ESA's Earth Observation Programme.

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FRINGE 2015

23 - 27 March 2015

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) element, is organising the 9th International Workshop Fringe 2015 'Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry and Sentinel-1 InSAR'. The event will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy from 23 to 27 March 2015.

The workshop is open to scientists, Sentinel-1 data users, students, representatives from national, European and international space agencies, and value adding industries.

The official language of the workshop is English. No participation fees will be charged. Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses.

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European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2015

12 - 17 April 2015

The EGU General Assembly 2015 will be held at the ACV centre in Vienna, Austria, from 12 to 17 April 2015. The event will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.


Registration is open

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2nd SMOS Science Conference

25 - 29 May 2015

The 2nd SMOS Science Conference is jointly organised by ESA, CNES and SMOS-MODE and will take place at ESA-ESAC, near Madrid (Spain) from 25 to 29 May 2015.

The focus of this conference will deviate from previous events in that the emphasis will be on applications of SMOS data, including operational services, the development of novel data products, the synergistic use of SMOS data with other data sources and the potential of SMOS data for the generation of long-term data sets. The workshop will also cover common themes such as the quality of the Level 1 data products and calibration and validation activities.

The 2nd SMOS Science Conference will be preceded by a SMOS Training Course from 18 to 22 May 2015, organised by CESBIO and held as well at the ESA-ESAC premises near Madrid.

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Sentinel-3 for Science Workshop

02 - 05 June 2015

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) element, is organising an event dedicated to prepare for scientific exploitation of the Sentinel-3 mission, entitled "Sentinel-3 for Science Workshop", which will be hosted at the Palazzo del Casino in the Lido, Venice, Italy, from 02 to 05 June 2015.

The workshop is open to ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-3 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies and value adding industries. The outcome of this workshop will help to further shape the next generation of R&D activities in the frame of ESA's Earth Observation Programme.

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ATMOS 2015 - Advances in Atmospheric Science and Applications

08 - 12 June 2015

The European Space Agency is organising, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) element, a conference on the topical theme of atmosphere. The conference will be held at the University of Crete (Greece - Heraklion) from 08 to 12 June 2015.

The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for scientists to present results from their ongoing research using data from past and current atmospheric instruments like ERS-2, Envisat, Metop and ESA Third Party Missions. Furthermore this conference is dedicated to prepare for the scientific exploitation of the Sentinel-5 Precursor mission.

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6th ESA Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing 2015

14 - 18 September 2015

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) organises each year an advanced Land Training Course devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO Missions (e.g. Sentinels) 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 apply to the 5 day course on the subject, which will be held at the University of Agronomic Science and Veterinary Medicine, in Bucharest, Romania from 14 to 18 September 2015.

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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.