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New Swarm non-gravitational acceleration and thermosphere neutral density products released

22 February 2017

The development of a new processing method resulted in a new data set of non-gravitational accelerations and thermosphere neutral densities calculated from Swarm GPS receiver observations.

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Sentinels warn of dangerous ice crack

16 February 2017

Following the appearance of a large crack in the ice shelf close to the Halley VI research station in Antarctica, information from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites helped to decide to close the base temporarily.

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Fuel Sentinel-2B: Done

16 February 2017

As liftoff day draws closer, the Sentinel-2B 'to do' list is shrinking as tasks are ticked off, including the tricky process of fuelling the satellite. And, even despite having to do a few unexpected jobs, everything is on track for launch.

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GEOSS users and Data Provider Workshops to benefit from GEOSS enhancements

21 February 2017

An enhanced version of the GEOSS Portal - which offers access to Earth observation data from more than 150 national and regional providers - was recently released, providing a more intuitive interface and improved search filters.

Abstract submission for International Workshop 'Validating Copernicus Sentinel data'

21 February 2017

The international workshop 'Validating Copernicus Sentinel data using Fiducial Reference Measurement' will be held in Plymouth, UK, from 20 to 21 June 2017.

The abstract submission deadline for the workshop is now only one week away: 28 February 2017

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sentinel-1 and 2 were used to produce this image comparison of Dubai, as seen in 2016. The images demonstrate what these Radar and Optical satellites of the Copernicus family can achieve.

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Flinders Ranges, Australia

21 February 2017


This week's Proba-V 100 m false-colour image, shows us the northern part of the rugged, weathered peaks and rocky gorges of the Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in the South Australian Outback.

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Lake Success, California

24 February 2017

California's Lake Success and part of the San Joaquin Valley is pictured in this image from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite mission from 15 December and 26 January.

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WorldCover 2017 Conference

14 - 16 March 2017

The European Space Agency together with GEO, FAO and EU are organising the WorldCover 2017 Conference to be held at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 14 to 16 March 2017.

The WorldCover 2017 Conference aims to provide scientists and 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 outcome of the conference will help to further shape the next generation of R&D activities in the frame of ESA Earth Observation Programmes.

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North American CryoSat science meeting and geodetic missions workshop

20 - 24 March 2017

The first North American CryoSat Science Meeting will take place in Banff (Alberta, Canada) from 20 to 24 March 2017.

The meeting will provide a unique and timely forum for scientists and end-users of CryoSat data to share the state-of-the-art in research and applications, review mission achievements and prepare for the continued use of the CryoSat mission in the future. Organised approximately seven years after launch of CryoSat, the meeting will highlight areas where the mission has made significant contribution including cryosphere, oceanography, geodesy, hydrology, topography, meteorology and climate change. Presentations on the use of CryoSat data for operational applications and demonstrations of novel scientific applications are also encouraged. The meeting will be instrumental to outline the international collaboration in the exploitation of data, to propose new scientific requirements, to identify new scientific challenges in view of the extension beyond 2019 and, in general, for its possible successor.

The meeting is held in parallel with the Fourth Swarm science meeting. There will be a one-day joint session to address common thematic applications related to gravimetric applications.

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Fourth Swarm Science Meeting & geodetic missions workshop

20 - 24 March 2017

Jointly with partners in Canada, the European Space Agency is organizing a cornerstone event in the area of exploitation of data from Swarm and geodetic satellite missions, including GOCE, GRACE and future missions. The Fourth Swarm Science Meeting and the accompanying Geodetic Missions Workshop will be held at the Park Lodge Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada alongside the CryoSat North-American Science Meeting from 20 to 24 March 2017.

In these co-located meetings the European Space Agency aims to address science, applications and services in the context of its Earth Explorer series of missions, ranging in focus from the Earth's outer core to the magnetosphere. Specifically, as the Swarm mission is about to complete three years of extremely successful science operations, the meeting will bring together the wider international scientific community to explore and develop scientific and application synergies and to propel the mission into its next phase.

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ADM-Aeolus CAL/VAL Workshop

28 - 30 March 2017

Co-organised by ESA and MeteoFrance and supported by CNES, the ADM-Aeolus Cal/Val Workshop will be held at the Centre International de Conférences in Toulouse, France, from 28 to 30 March 2017. The objective of the workshop is to prepare the Aeolus CAL/VAL activities and teams for the Aeolus launch in late 2017.


During the workshop, the organization and readiness of the ADM-Aeolus CAL/VAL activities and teams will be detailed and exercised. These activities will be instrumental to the mission calibration and validation in-flight, and are launched to ensure and demonstrate that ADM-Aeolus will meet its mission requirements. ESA is currently implementing the Doppler Wind Lidar mission 'ADM-Aeolus' as part of its Living Planet Programme.

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European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017

23 - 28 April 2017

The General Assembly 2017 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is scheduled to take place in Vienna, Austria, from 23 to 28 April 2017, at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) congress center.

The EGU 2017 assembly will, as in its previous editions, bring together geoscientists from all over the world to a unique 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.

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International Ocean Colour Science Meeting

15 - 18 May 2017

The third International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) meeting will take place from 15 to 18 May 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal, followed by a Copernicus marine data stream training event on 19 May 2017.

IOCS-2017 is being convened by the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) in partnership with, and thanks to sponsorship from, EUMETSAT, ESA, the European Commission and NASA, and with the support of all the IOCCG-sponsoring agencies and organisations.

The overarching theme of IOCS-2017 is "Exploring New Capabilities for Global Ocean Colour Observations" with the overall goal of nurturing a strong global user community for ocean colour science and applications, and fostering exchange between the ocean colour research community and international space agencies with an interest in ocean colour science.

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Global Ocean Salinity and the Water Cycle Workshop

22 - 26 May 2017

The 'Global Ocean Salinity and the Water Cycle' Workshop will be held at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusets, USA, from 22 to 26 May 2017.


The oceans are the largest reservoir in the global water cycle and the ultimate source of all rainfall. Sea surface salinity responds directly to the net gain or loss of water at the ocean surface. Significant progress in monitoring the global ocean salinity field has been made in recent decades with both in-situ and satellite technology.

These new observing capabilities are leading to new insights into the connectivity between the upper ocean salinity and the global water cycle. The ocean salinity field has emerged as a superior indicator of change in the water cycle and can provide new predictive capabilities for rainfall on land. Thus, it is important to promote and sustain salinity observations and the understanding of how salinity variability originates and its role in the physics of the upper ocean.

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Fringe 2017

05 - 09 June 2017

The European Space Agency is organising Fringe 2017, the 10th International Workshop on "Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry and Sentinel-1 InSAR".

The event will be hosted at the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, from 05 to 09 June 2017.

Fringe 2017 is a free workshop, and it is open to ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-1 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industries.

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Validating Copernicus Sentinel data using Fiducial Reference Measurement

20 - 21 June 2017

A satellite validation international workshop will be held in Plymouth, UK, from 20 to 21 June 2017.

The Copernicus Sentinel Atlantic Meridional Transect Fiducial Reference Measurements workshop will serve as a forum for discussing the performance of Sentinel -1, -2 and -3 at retrieving ocean colour, sea surface temperature and information about upper ocean dynamics in the open ocean and coastal environments.It will identify potential strategies for the validation of Sentinel missions in the future.
The workshop should be beneficial to anyone with an interest in the validation of satellite data; four main themes will be addressed:

  • Fiducial Reference Measurement methods and protocols
  • Ocean Colour validation
  • Sea Surface Temperature validation
  • Validation of upper ocean dynamics.

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1st International Surface Working Group

20 - 21 July 2017

Within the framework of the WMO Coordinated Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) a number of international science working groups exist to provide expert recommendations and coordination for atmospheric observations. The Earth surface community has recognised the opportunity of a sister group addressing surface Earth Observations (EO) needs and their applications. The 1st International Surface Working Group will take place will take place in Monterey California (USA) on 20 and 21 July 2017.

The workshop will be designed to be inclusive of all surfaces, land, ocean and sea-ice. This workshop seeks to bring together scientists working on areas which are particularly poorly monitored by current satellite missions. Recommendations will be put forward to the CGMS on those surface properties where continuity in the monitoring is lacking a cooperative international advocate. Particular examples include satellite based estimation of soil moisture, snow, land surface temperature and surface water body extents. This group will bring forward a continuity plan using existing systems and the ones planned which would fill this application gap in the future would be a primary effort to fall upon this group.