22 May 2012
Archived data from the Envisat satellite show that the volcanic island of Santorini has recently displayed signs of unrest as revealed by studies presented at the international Forum on Satellite Earth Observation for Geohazard Risk Management which took place at the island itself this week.
Third Party Missions - Landsat
After a silent winter, the USGS turned on the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) in late April to determine the state of the electronics problem that suspended operations in November, 2011. Unfortunately, several alternate methods of acquisitions did not alleviate the problem, which severely limits any further acquisitions with the TM. Currently, the USGS plans to acquire only a handful of images over the next few weeks as we examine our options. Landsat 5 has a long and storied career, and the data collected are invaluable to the study of our Earth.
Image of the Week
These false-colour Landsat images from 1984, 1990, 2000 and 2011 show agricultural development in northern Saudi Arabia close to the border with Jordan, about 150 km west of the city of Sakakah.
Earth Observation Events
18 - 22 June 2012
The European Space Agency and the Norwegian Space Centre are jointly organising the fourth SAR oceanography workshop, SEASAR 2012, entitled "Advances in SAR Oceanography", which is to be hosted in Tromso, Norway, from 18 to 22 June 2012.
The workshop is open to scientists and students in the field of SAR oceanography including ESA Principle Investigators and co-investigators, to users of data from future SAR missions like Sentinel-1 and Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) and to representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industry.
27 - 28 June 2012
The aim of this first GlobTemperature User Consultation Meeting which will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, is to survey users' requirements for satellite land surface temperature information.
The other objective of this meeting is to explore the feasibility of meeting them with available data and techniques, and set a list of priority requirements to be addressed by a potential future GlobTemperature project.
10 - 11 September 2012
Storm surges are one of the most deadly natural hazards, affecting both rich and poor countries. Satellite Earth Observation (EO) data has an important role to play in storm surge modelling and forecasting, yet it is not currently being used to its full potential. The ESA eSurge project aims to increase the uptake of EO data, both by providing easy access to relevant data and by demonstrating its usefulness.
As part of the project, a workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark, is being organised to discuss the current state of modelling and forecasting, and how this might be improved.
20 - 21 September 2012
The 6th Coastal Altimetry Workshop is open to the international community of scientists working on development and applications of altimetry in the coastal zone. The Workshop will be in Northern Italy, Riva del Garda.
The Workshop aims to provide a lively forum, where science and applications of coastal altimetry and data processing technologies will be reviewed.
Registration deadline: 03 August 2012
24 - 29 September 2012
To mark the 20 year anniversary of the launch of ERS-1 and TOPEX/POSEIDON, ESA, in collaboration with the French Space Agency, CNES, organised a Symposium in Venice, Italy. This event was sponsored by other partner agencies and organisations supporting the development of altimetry.
16 - 17 October 2012
The First International GOCE Solid Earth Workshop will take place at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede (The Netherlands) on 16-17 October 2012 and is fully sponsored by ESA.
The goal of this 2-day workshop is to provide training on the usage of GOCE data as well as to present the latest scientific results.
15 - 19 October 2012
The European Space Agency, together with Eumetsat, is organising the 3rd MERIS/(A)ATSR and OCLI-SLSTR (Sentinel-3) Preparatory Workshop, which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 15 to 19 October 2012.
24 - 26 October 2012
The Eighth Conference on Image Information Mining will be held at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Oberpfaffenhofen, Munich, Germany in October 2012. The event is sponsored by European Image Information Mining Coordination Group (IIMCG) and the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). This year's conference focuses on Knowledge Discovery from Earth Observation Data. The main topics to be discussed during the conference are: image information mining, image semantic automatic annotation, multi modal and multi-sensor information extraction. The event is aimed at European Space agencies and organisations, aerospace industry and research centres.