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ESA Member States approve Swarm extension

20 November 2017

Timely placed a few days in advance of Swarm's fourth anniversary in space, ESA Member States participating to the Earth Observation Envelope Programme have given a nice birthday present to our mission.

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Swarm celebrates its 4th anniversary in space

22 November 2017

Exactly four years ago a Rockot launch vehicle carrying the three precious Swarm satellites blasted off from the launch site in Plesetsk. Since then our mission has been continuously collecting ground-breaking data on the various components of the magnetic field and on the near-Earth environment and their dynamics.

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Improved SMOS level 2 soil moisture products released to users

20 November 2017

ESA has just released new improved SMOS level 2 soil moisture products to users.

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Proba-V Symposium - Abstract submission extended

21 November 2017

The abstract submission deadline for the Proba-V Symposium 2018 has been extended until 30 November 2017 - interested users are kindly reminded to submit an abstract for oral presentation via the online submission form.

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LPVE2018 - Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution

10 November 2017

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 at the 2018 Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution (LPVE 2018).

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 30 November 2017.

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International Charter wins Prestigious Pecora Award

22 November 2017

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has received a distinguished award for providing free satellite imagery, data and information to the global community during times of crises.

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Forty years of Meteosat

22 November 2017

ESA's first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orbit and laid the foundations for European and world cooperation in meteorology that continues today.

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Version 4.0.0 of CryoSat User Tool released

22 November 2017

A new version of the CryoSat User Tool (CUT v4.0.0) has recently been released.

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Marseille, France

Marseille, the capital city of Bouches-du-Rhône department, is pictured in this Landsat image comparison. These Landsat 5 and 8 images show that Marseille has undergone significant growth since 1984.

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Gonghe Power Plant, China

21 November 2017


In this 100 m image from April this year, Proba-V spotted the Longyangxia solar-hydro power station, just to the west of the Longyangxia Reservoir in China's Qinghai province.

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Thurston Island, Antarctica

24 November 2017

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission gives us ‘radar vision' over part of Antarctica's third-largest island, Thurston Island.

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Using Low Frequency Passive Microwave Measurements in Research and Operational Applications

04 - 06 December 2017

The ECMWF/ESA workshop on Using Low Frequency Passive Microwave Measurements in Research and Operational Applications will take place at ECMWF in Reading, UK, from 04 to 06 December 2017.

The workshop will look at applications that can benefit from the synergistic exploitation of low frequency passive microwave measurements but also on the combined usage of active and passive observations. Four topical areas will be addressed: Sea ice and predictability in Polar Regions, sea surface salinity and ocean circulation, soil moisture and flood forecasting, weather forecasting and climate monitoring.

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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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ESA advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere 2018

11 - 16 June 2018

As part of the Earth Observation (EO) Science for Society – Scientific Exploitation element of EOEP-5 program, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere, devoted to train the next generation of scientists and specialists to exploit EO data for science and applications.

Postgraduate-level, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from Europe and Canada interested in applications of remote sensing of the Cryosphere are welcome to apply to the 6-day course, held at University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, from 11 to 16 June 2018.

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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.