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New interface to the GOCE Virtual On-line Archive

26 April 2012

The web interface to the GOCE Virtual On-line Archive has been re-designed for easier access to GOCE data.

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Envisat: ESA's continuous efforts to regain contact with the satellite

25 April 2012

Following the loss of communications with the Envisat satellite on 8 April 2012, attempts have continued to re-contact the satellite, without success so far.

Investigations are being performed to interpret information on the spacecraft status collected over the last weeks. The information gathered is used to identify whether the spacecraft can receive telemetry commands as, in parallel to the investigations, attempts are being made to send ground commands to the satellite.

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Latest CryoSat result revealed

24 April 2012

After nearly a year and a half of operations, CryoSat has yielded its first seasonal variation map of Arctic sea-ice thickness. Results from ESA’s ice mission were presented today at the Royal Society in London.

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Upgrade of L2 Soil Moisture Operational processor in SMOS processing chain

25 April 2012

A new version of the Level 2 Soil Moisture processor (V5.51) has been deployed in the operational chain on 24 April 2012. The first data set generated with the new processor has the start acquisition time of 23 April 2012 08:35 UTC.

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Earthnet Online is now on Twitter

25 April 2012

A new Twitter account has been created for Earthnet Online, enabling you to follow the latest Earth Observation news and updates on the website.

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GRACE - Planned switch-off of accelerometers

20 April 2012

The Instrument Control Unit (ICU) of the GRACE-1 accelerometer was switched-off yesterday (April 19) at 12:17 UTC. The GRACE-2 accelerometer ICU was switched-off today (April 20) at 11:42 UTC. Both activities are related with battery load reduction before the satellites enter the next beta prime=0 event on May 3, 2012. The switch-on of both ICUs is planned for approximately May 15, 2012.

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Earth Watching activities

See new MERIS Full Resolution images in the Full Swath Gallery:

  • Aral Sea (Asia)
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The future of Earth Observation

This week’s image is an example of the high-resolution images that the future Sentinel-2 mission -envisaged for launch next year - will deliver.

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International Forum on Satellite Earth Observation for Geo-Hazard Risk Management

21 - 23 May 2012

ESA is organising the International Forum on Satellite Observation for Geo-Hazard Risk Management which will be held on 21 - 23 May 2012 at the Santorini Convention Centre in Greece.

In association with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the forum will give the opportunity for International experts to meet and discuss how space technology can help us prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

This forum is open to geo-science users and experts working within the field of geo-hazard risk assessment and management, including representatives from space agencies and other value-adding industries. The forum is also open to Earth Observation mission owners/operators and users such as risk management authorities and, land planning and risk prevention service providers and infrastructure managers.


Poster Submission deadline: 27 April 2012

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SeaSAR 2012 Workshop

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.


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GlobTemperature - User Consultation Meeting

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.

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20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry

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.

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3rd MERIS/(A)ATSR & OLCI/SLSTR Preparatory Workshop

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.

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ESA-EUSC-JRC 2012 - Image Information Mining Conference

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.

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SciaL1C Version 2.1 now also for Windows OS

24 April 2012

The SCIAMACHY Calibration and Extraction Tool SciaL1C Version 2.1 allowing the selection of specific calibrations to apply to SCIAMACHY Level 1b data is now available also for the Windows operating system.

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Release of ODESA environment software

24 April 2012

The ODESA system intends to provide the users a complete level 2 processing environment for the MERIS instrument as well as for the future ESA optical sensors on board Sentinel 3.