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CryoSat mission observes continuing Arctic winter ice decline

23 September 2013

The volume of sea ice in the Arctic hit a new low this past winter, according to observations from ESA's CryoSat mission.

CryoSat reprocessed dataset for June 2011 now available

24 September 2013

CryoSat data acquired in June 2011 has now been reprocessed and is available on the CryoSat dissemination server

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Exploring the Sentinels' potential

19 September 2013

ESA is sponsoring an initiative to explore the possible benefits that the Copernicus programme’s Sentinel satellites can bring to geo-information communities in over 20 European countries.

The initiative, led by the European Umbrella Organisation for Geo-Information, Eurogi, explores the potential interest of the community for Copernicus products and services based on space data.

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GRACE - Switch-on of ICU and MWA

25 September 2013

Following the planned switch-off of the GRACE Accelerometer ICUs and Microwave Assemblies for battery load reduction (see related news of 8 August 2013), all instruments have now resumed operations.

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ESA EO User Services Customer Satisfaction Survey

24 September 2013

The ESA Earth Observation Ground Segment User Services provide access, for more than 30 years, to satellite data and related information, to scientific communities and value adding companies all over the world.

In order to verify customer satisfaction and improve the quality of the offered services, a questionnaire based survey has been organised.

The questionnaire can be filled in online until 30 September 2013; it will take about 10 minutes to complete it.

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Harmful algal bloom forecasting service wins prize

23 September 2013

An online service that monitors water quality for the aquaculture industry has been selected as this year's most beneficial Earth-monitoring service for European citizens in the Copernicus Masters competition.

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Students learn to observe the Earth at the Living Planet Symposium School Lab

20 September 2013

Over 100 students and educators from the UK took part in a School Lab at the Living Planet Symposium 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Lab gave participants the opportunity to learn about the science and technology behind Earth Observation through half day sessions of lab experiments and demonstrations.

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Sahara Oasis

Deep in the Sahara Desert, the Al Jawf oasis in southeastern Libya is pictured in this image from Japan’s ALOS satellite.

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1st International Earth Observation Convoy and Constellation Concepts Workshop

09 - 11 October 2013

1st International EO Convoy and Constellation Concepts Workshop will be held at ESA-ESTEC from 9 to 11 October 2013. The event is being co-organised with NASA. The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum to collect recommendations for future constellation studies and activities development roadmap.

The science accomplishments of existing international constellations will be presented including the A-Train (NASA, CNES, JAXA, etc.) and TanDEM-X (DLR). The latest results of the ESA EO Convoy studies (funded by STSE) will be presented.


Final papers submission and authors registration deadline: 01 October 2013

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Storm Surge Networking Forum 2013

18 - 20 November 2013

The ESA eSurge project invites you to the storm surge networking forum to be held at ISMAR, Venice from 18 to 20 November 2013. This will be an open forum to discuss the needs of the storm surge community and how satellite data can best be applied. The aim is to build links between data providers, modellers and end users. The event is open to anyone with an interest in applying satellite data to storm surge applications.


Extended abstract submission deadline: 21 October 2013

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Sentinel-3 Validation Team (S3VT) 1st Meeting

26 - 29 November 2013

In preparation for the Sentinel-3A satellite launch at the end of 2014, a Validation Team has been convened by ESA and EUMETSAT to assist in the scientific validation of mission products and services. The Sentinel-3 Validation Team (S3VT) 1st Meeting will take place at ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 26 to 29 November 2013. The aim of the S3VT meeting is to consolidate and document S3VT activities prior to launch to facilitate Phase E1 and Phase E2 cal/val planning.

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7th International Workshop on Sand/Duststorms and Associated Dustfall

02 - 04 December 2013

The 7th International Workshop on Sand and Duststorms and Associated Dustfall will take place at ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 02 to 04 December 2013. The main objective of the workshop is to bring together scientists working on dust worldwide, exchange information on hot research topics, present and discuss recent understanding on the links and feedbacks between desert dust and radiation, clouds, water budget, human health, and biological systems and to identify current research priorities with a special focus on satellite remote sensing.


Registration deadline: 31 October 2013

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ESA-EUSC-JRC 2014 - Image Information Mining Conference

05 - 07 March 2014

The Ninth Conference on Image Information Mining will be held at the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) in Bucharest, Romania from 05 to 07 March 2014. The event is sponsored by the Image Information Mining Coordination Group (IIMCG) and the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). The focus of this year's conference is: The Sentinels Era.

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, value added companies and service providers.


Registration is open