25 February 2016
Each year, about a quarter of the carbon dioxide we release into the atmosphere ends up in the ocean, but how it happens is still not fully understood. The Sentinel-3A satellite is poised to play an important role in shedding new light on this exchange.
Third Party Missions
20 February 2016
The Swedish-led Odin satellite, developed in collaboration with Canada, Finland and France, celebrated its 15 year anniversary on 20 February 2016. Since 2008 the satellite is also part of ESA's Third Party Mission fleet. Odin is currently in good shape and continues collecting important atmospheric data.
User Services News
22 February 2016
The European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting young researchers to join leading experts in Earth Observation, Modelling and Data Assimilation for keynote lectures, hands-on computing practical and poster sessions on the occasion of the 8th ESA EO Summer School, which shall take place at ESRIN, Frascati, Italy from 1 to 12 August 2016.
24 February 2016
New challenges and opportunities arise as Europe's Copernicus programme continues to launch the Sentinel satellites, converting their data into accessible products that can benefit citizens. The Space App Camps give developers the chance to deliver data from these and other satellites to the everyday user, via mobile apps.
The city of Toulouse in France is the focus of this Landsat comparison. One of the largest cities in France, Toulouse is a centre of European aerospace and these images acquired by Landsat 5 and 8 show how the city has developed since 1987.
Proba-V Image of the Week
Earth Observation Events
15 - 17 March 2016
This conference, jointly organised by ESA, SatCen, and JRC, in collaboration with the IAC, PCTT and the Council of Tenerife, aims to bring together researchers, engineers, and users in the area of Big Data from Space.
The conference shall take place at the Auditorio de Tenerife, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, from 15 to 17 March 2016.
The focus is on the whole data lifecycle, ranging from data acquisition by space-borne and ground-based sensors to data management, analysis and exploitation, and on the Infrastructures and Services for Big Data. Contributions are invited to the Big Data from Space Conference on all the aspects related to data volume, velocity, variety, veracity and value.
17 - 22 April 2016
The General Assembly 2016 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will be held at the ACV centre in Vienna, Austria, from 17 to 22 April 2016. The assembly is open to the scientists of all nations.
The EGU 2016 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.
Early registration deadline: 17 March 2016
06 - 07 May 2016
The EARSeL Special Interest Group on Land Use and Land Cover (SIG LU/LC) and NASA Land-Cover/Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Program are organising their 2nd joint workshop "Advancing horizons for land cover services entering the big data era".
The event will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on 6 and 7 May 2016.
The workshop will be conceptually linked with and support the objectives of the ESA Living Planet Symposium 2016, which follows the workshop on 9 to 13 May 2016, as a brainstorming preparation.
09 - 13 May 2016
The 2016 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 09 to 13 May 2016. It is organised with the support of the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.
The event, which in 2013 attracted 1800 participants, will focus on the exploitation of satellite data in various thematic domains: Atmosphere, Oceanography, Cryosphere, Land, Hazards, Climate and Meteorology, Solid Earth/Geodesy, Near-Earth Environment, New Methodologies and Products, Open Science 2.0.
10 - 13 May 2016
The Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science 2016 conference will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 10 to 13 May 2016. The event is jointly organised by the European Space Agency and the Climate and Cryosphere Project.
The purpose of this topical conference is to advance our knowledge on the potential offered by EO technology to answer some of the major open questions in cryosphere science; to review the latest developments on advanced EO-based geo-information data products addressing key cryosphere processes; and identify the major scientific requirements and challenges of the cryosphere scientific community for the coming years where EO may contribute.
30 May - 03 June 2016
The 4S Symposium will be held in Valletta, Malta, from 30 May to 03 June 2016.
The special topic of 2016, Small Satellites Go Viral!, will be addressed in a dedicated session on the first day of the event. Contributions addressing this topic are highly welcome.
As in previous years, the programme will also cover technical sessions: Mission and System Analysis; Applications such as Earth Observation, Science, Telecommunication and Navigation; New Technologies at system, sub-system and component level. A special session will be dedicated to access to space of Small Satellites, as launchers, platform cross-compatibility.
06 - 08 September 2016
The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, and PML are organising a workshop, called Colour and Light in the Ocean from Earth Observation: Relevance and Applications; Products from Space and Perspectives from Models hosted at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy from 6 to 8 September 2016.
06 - 09 September 2016
The 2nd International workshop on Air-Sea Gas Flux Climatology follows on from the first successful workshop that was held 2013. This is highly interdisciplinary workshop aimed at bringing the multiple communities studying air-sea exchange and gas fluxes together to discuss common, aims, goals and challenges. The workshop aims to bring together the in situ, remote sensing and modelling scientific communities and funding bodies.
For interest - the workshop report and programme from the first workshop is available here.
12 - 16 September 2016
The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising the second Earth Observation Open Science community consultation at ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) from 12 to 14 September 2016 to explore the new challenges and opportunities for EO research created by the rapid advances in digital technologies.
These include open tools and software, data-intensive science, virtual research environment, citizen science, advanced visualization, and e-education of the new generation of Data scientists.
12 - 16 September 2016
As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a new advanced Cryosphere Training Course devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO Missions (e.g. the Sentinels) for science and applications development.