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Sentinel-1 sees through hurricanes

25 October 2017

This year's Atlantic hurricane season has been a harsh reminder of the grief and devastation brought by these vast storms. Imaging the top of hurricanes from space is nothing new, but the Sentinel-1 satellites can see right through these towering spinning weather systems, measuring the sea surface below to help predict the storm's path.

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Planned changes for CryoSat Baseline C processors

24 October 2017

We would like to announce that we are planning to transfer the new Ocean Baseline C processors into operations.

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Call for abstracts - Proba-V Symposium 2018

26 October 2017

The next Proba-V Symposium will take place from 29 to 31 May 2018 in Ostend, Belgium.

If you are interested in submitting an abstract for the symposium, please remember that the deadline for submission is 16 November 2017.

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EarthCARE Cal/Val AO - Deadline extension

13 October 2017

ESA recently released an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) Call for the External Calibration and Validation of the EarthCARE products.

This is to inform all interested users that, following the request of prospective Principal Investigators, the deadline for submitting proposals has been extended to 31 October 2017.

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RUS - A new expert service for Sentinel users

19 October 2017

To help Earth Observation data users tap into and exploit the wealth of Sentinel products, a new expert service, RUS (Research and User Support for the Sentinel Core Products) was launched in September 2017.

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

24 October 2017


Proba-V acquired this 100m false-colour image of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, South America, on 27 February 2017.

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Istanbul, Turkey

The historic city of Istanbul is featured in this Landsat comparison. Using images acquired by the Landsat 5 and 8 satellites 31 years apart, the comparison shows how much this Turkish city has grown since 1986.

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Washington DC

27 October 2017

Sentinel-2 takes us over the US capital city of Washington DC in this image from 25 August 2015. The city is nestled between the states of Maryland and Virginia.

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European Space Week

03 - 09 November 2017

The European Space Week 2017 is organised by the European Commission under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and co-organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and Garage48.

The event is conceived to be a constellation of events taking place in nine different locations in Tallinn, Estonia from 03 to 09 November 2017.

It will foster interactions between the space and digital community, and provide visibility to the rapidly changing space sector, its applications and the European Union's Space Programmes Copernicus and Galileo. Central aim is to bring together the most important European space stakeholders, companies, partners and visionaries pushing the topic of space in Europe and beyond.

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Conference on Big Data from Space - BiDS'17

28 - 30 November 2017

Big Data from Space refers to the massive spatio-temporal Earth and Space observation data collected by space-borne and ground based sensors, and to synergetic use of data coming from other sources and communities. This domain is currently facing sharp development with numerous new initiatives and breakthroughs ranging from intelligent sensors to data science. These developments are empowering new approaches and applications in various and diverse domains influencing life on Earth, from sensing cities, monitoring human settlements and urban areas to climate change and security.

The objective of this conference is to stimulate interactions and bring together researchers, engineers, users, infrastructure and service providers, interested in exploiting Big Data from Space.

The BiDS'17 Conference is co-organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, and the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen). BiDS'17 will be hosted by the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) in Toulouse.

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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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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.