28 November 2019
This week, the UN World Meteorological Organization announced that concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached yet another high. This ongoing trend is not only heating up the planet, but also affecting the chemical composition of our oceans. Until recently, it has been difficult to monitor 'ocean acidification', but scientists are exploring new ways to combine information from different sources, including from ESA's SMOS mission, to shed new light on this major environmental concern.
26 November 2019
Torrential downpours have battered many parts of Italy this month, with extreme flooding wreaking havoc across northern Italy. The province of Alessandria is said to be one of the worst-affected areas according to Italian media, with around 200 people evacuated and 600 said to be left stranded.
27 November 2019
Strange ribbons of purple light that appeared in the sky – known as Steve – became the subject of debate in 2017, as their origins were unbeknown to scientists. Now, photographs of this remarkable phenomena have been studied to understand their exact position in the night sky.
27 November 2019
The Coastal Altimetry Community i.e. the international community of scientists, engineers and managers working on developing applications of altimetry in the coastal zone, invites you to ESA-ESRIN in Frascati (Italy), for the 12th Edition of the Coastal Altimetry Workshop (CAW-12), from 04 to 07 February 2020.
Registration for the course and a training session on the first day is free, and will close on 8 January 2020.
26 November 2019
ESA and Spain's Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology have signed an understanding that will boost Spain's access to Copernicus Sentinel data.
26 November 2019
This article shows how the GEOSS Platform could potentially provide value to different categories of users, including Earth scientists and policy makers, in finding, producing and analysing information, in support of Sustainable Development Goal 15.3.1.
Earth Observation Events
3 - 5 December 2019
The European Space Week will be held at the Helsinki Congress Paasitorni in Helsinki, Finland, from 3 to 5 December, 2019. This year's European Space Week focuses on the following central themes:
Bringing together business, policy-makers, international experts and the space application user community, the event will present first-hand insights into the European Union's Space Programmes Copernicus and Galileo and updates on the New Space Economy, as well as discussing how space solutions can contribute to a sustainable Europe and a sustainable future.
With a mix of keynotes, panel discussions, networking opportunities, business matchmaking sessions and exhibitions, the EU Space Week provides the perfect setup for a productive exchange of game-changing ideas, future trends and current challenges.
Registration is open
9 - 13 December 2019
The AGU Fall Meeting 2019 Conference is scheduled to take place from 09 to 13 December 2019, in San Francisco, California, USA.
Particularly interesting for the SMOS User community, the session "The global water cycle: Coupling and Exchanges between the ocean, land, and atmosphere" highlights water cycle research that describes linkages between the ocean, atmosphere, and land hydrology.
Contributions are invited on all aspects of water cycle research including analyses undertaken using in situ and spaceborne observations from current (e.g., SMAP, SMOS, GRACE-FO, GPM, GCOM-W), past (e.g., Aquarius, TRMM, GRACE), and future (e.g., SWOT, CIMR) satellite missions, estimates based on numerical models, data assimilation systems, as well as climate model projections and theoretical contributions.
We particularly welcome studies that consider multiple realms (the ocean, atmosphere, land surface and subsurface), and provide compelling evidence for linkages between these, describing coherent water cycle variability and change.
We welcome global and regional assessments across these interfaces, and contributions that demonstrate what needs to be observed to ensure that long-term changes in the water cycle are accurately quantified.
4 - 7 February 2020
The Coastal Altimetry Community i.e. the international community of scientists, engineers and managers working on developing applications of altimetry in the coastal zone, will convene for the 12th Edition of the Coastal Altimetry Workshop (CAW-12) at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati (Italy), from 04 to 07 February 2020.
A Coastal Altimetry Training for Early Career Scientists is scheduled on the first day of the workshop.
The Workshop aims at once again being a lively forum for a community-led review of the science and applications of coastal altimetry, from data processing through emerging applications to new technologies; it will feature studies using the latest missions (Sentinel-3A/B, CryoSat, HY-2, AltiKa and Jason-3) and the anticipation of synergies with the SWOT mission.
Dedicated sessions will cover Sea Level, Dynamic Topography, Currents, Winds and Waves, Sea State, Extreme Events, etc., exploiting altimetry and other data for both real-time monitoring and long-term change studies.
2 - 6 November 2020
The Aeolus Cal/Val and Science workshop has been rescheduled to take place on the 2-6 November 2020, at EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, (Germany).
The yearly Aeolus Cal/Val and Science workshops are the main forum for reporting on mission status and product evolution, for informing and coordinating mission Cal/Val activities, as well as reporting on results on NWP impact assessments and further scientific exploitation of the Aeolus data.
At the 2019 Aeolus CAL/VAL and Science workshop, first in-orbit results from the Aeolus CAL/VAL and science teams were presented. At the 2020 workshop, further and more consolidated results from these teams will be presented, as well as work done by new scientific teams who have joined the Aeolus CAL/VAL and science efforts in 2019.
9 - 11 March 2021
The European Space Agency is organising the symposium "Earth Explorers for Climate - The contribution from SMOS"has been rescheduled to take place on 9 to 11 March 2021 at the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the SMOS mission.
The objective of this symposium is to take stock of the contributions of SMOS to science and research during the last 10 years and to have an outlook and set the priorities for the next 10 years with a particular focus on climate research.
Current submissions will be kept and the submission tool will reopen closer to the meeting so it is possible to make changes to submissions, or add a new submission with your latest research.
16 - 20 November 2020
The 16th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment (MicroRad 2020) will be held from 16 to 20 November at the Santa Apollonia Auditorium in Florence, Italy. The event is organised by the Centro di Telerilevamento a Microonde (CETEM) and the Istituto di Fisica Applicata (IFAC-CNR).
Participation in MicroRad2020 meeting is open to all individuals interested in or working in the fields of passive microwave remote sensing; the microwave radiometry community is invited to present new research results and instrument designs in the field of remote sensing of land, ocean, cryosphere and atmosphere.
Thanks to an ESA sponsorship, travel support can be provided to a selection of 10 students, to encourage the participation of young scientists to the event. In order to be eligible for receiving the support, students must submit an abstract to the conference as first author. Further details on the MicroRad2020 website.
Meeting postponed and will now take place on 16 to 20 November: Read the communication by the organisers
5 - 8 October 2020
The CryoSat 10th Anniversary Conference will take place from 5 to 8 October 2020 in Taormina (Sicily), Italy.
The conference was due to take place in March, but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation.
Over the last 10 years, CryoSat has not only delivered a wealth of information about Earth's changing ice, rather it has demonstrated that it can be a valuable data source for oceanography, hydrology and geodesy, surpassing expectations with a range of results that go far beyond its original goals.
While the conference focuses on the latest scientific results from the mission, it is also a celebration of the remarkable contribution that CryoSat has made to our understanding of the cryosphere and its role in the Earth system and the climate, and in turn, the impacts on society.
Due to the rescheduling of the conference, Registration will reopen on 1 June 2020
This event is now cancelled
Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak in Europe, the EGU General Assembly 2020 in Vienna has been cancelled, to be replaced by the ‘EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online' (#shareEGU20) initiative, a week-long series of online activities during the first week of May to support the EGU community by fostering scientific communication.
This event is now cancelled
Due to COVID-19 outbreak and the guidance from the relevant authorities, ESA and the Organising Committee of FRINGE 2020 has decided to cancel the workshop. The planning of FRINGE 2021 will commence only after the Covid-crisis is over but you will be informed in due time of the new dates.
Abstract submission being kept open.
Please see guidance on the event website.
26 - 30 October 2020
The AARSE international conference is conducted biennially across Africa and in 2020 will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 26 to 30 October.
AARSE is the premier forum in Africa for research on remote sensing technologies and geospatial information science, gathering leading scholars from the remote sensing and related communities.
This conference, under the theme 'Space and geospatial technologies for the Africa we want' will be a major event in the African and international community of Earth observation and geo-spatial information science in 2020; it will be organized by the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) and the Institut d'Enseignement Supérieur de Ruhengeri (Ines-Ruhengeri).
Deadline for full paper: 31July 2020