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Nepal earthquake on the radar

29 April 2015

On 25 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, claiming over 5000 lives and affecting millions of people. Satellite images are being used to support emergency aid organisations, while geo-scientists are using satellite measurements to analyse the effects of the earthquake on the land.

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CryoSat Baseline C - Ice products update

28 April 2015

CryoSat users are informed that due to calendar combinations, the current schedule for the delivery on the Science Server of the first ice OFFL Baseline C products, with validity 01 April 2015, foresees that it will be made available on 04 May 2015.

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SMOS deployment plan for the new level 1 and level 2 algorithm baseline V620

28 April 2015

ESA would like to inform SMOS data users that next week a new level 1 and level 2 algorithm baseline (V620) will be deployed in the operational ground segment. For this reason the production of the SMOS level 1, level 2 products will be suspended on 05 May 2015. It is planned to resume the production and the dissemination of the level 1, level 2 products on 07 May 2015 in the evening.

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Drakensberg Park, South Africa

28 April 2015


This 100m Proba-V image from 31 July 2014 shows the Drakensberg Park in South Africa and part of the Malibamats'o River in Lesotho.

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Earth Observation Science 2.0 - Deadline approaching

23 April 2015

ESA wishes to kindly remind the researchers, scientists and citizens interested in participating to the first Earth Observation Science 2.0 conference that the abstract submission deadline of 15 May 2015 is approaching. The EO Science 2.0 conference will be held in ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) from 12 to 14 October 2015.

Future Learn - Monitoring Climate from Space

29 April 2015

With the framework of EO Science 2.0, ESA is releasing its first free online course, Monitoring Climate from Space. ESA's first free online course will start on 8 June 2015 via FutureLearn.com. The course focuses on how Earth observation is used to monitor and plan for climate change, looking at the techniques used, the data gathered and how this data is used in policy decisions.

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Revealing mountains hiding under ice

29 April 2015

Results from a recent field campaign, which was organised to help investigate the potential of a new Earth observation mission concept, have provided a unique 3D glimpse of the peaks and troughs under the Mittelbergferner glacier in the Austrian Alps.

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Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva, one of the largest lakes in Europe, is featured in this Landsat comparison. The lake, which is shared between France and Switzerland, can be seen in these images acquired by the Landsat 5 and 8 satellites in 2002 and 2015.

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Sentinel-1 analyses the Nepal earthquake

30 April 2015

On 25 April 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal. Sentinel-1A acquired radar data over the region before and after the earthquake, and this data has been used to produce an interferogram of the event, to monitor ground deformation in the aftermath.

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Sentinel-3 for Science Workshop

02 - 05 June 2015

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) element, is organising an event dedicated to prepare for scientific exploitation of the Sentinel-3 mission, entitled "Sentinel-3 for Science Workshop", which will be hosted at the Palazzo del Casino in the Lido, Venice, Italy, from 02 to 05 June 2015.

The workshop is open to ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-3 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies and value adding industries. The outcome of this workshop will help to further shape the next generation of R&D activities in the frame of ESA's Earth Observation Programme.

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ATMOS 2015 - Advances in Atmospheric Science and Applications

08 - 12 June 2015

The European Space Agency is organising, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) element, a conference on the topical theme of atmosphere. The conference will be held at the University of Crete (Greece - Heraklion) from 08 to 12 June 2015.

The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for scientists to present results from their ongoing research using data from past and current atmospheric instruments like ERS-2, Envisat, Metop and ESA Third Party Missions. Furthermore this conference is dedicated to prepare for the scientific exploitation of the Sentinel-5 Precursor mission.

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2015 Dragon 3 Symposium

22 - 26 June 2015

The 2015 Dragon Symposium will take place at the Congress Centre in Interlaken, Switzerland from 22 to 26 June 2015.

The objectives of the 2015 symposium are to report on the Dragon project progress after three years of activity, present results of the research undertaken by young scientists and inform on the outcome of scientific exchange initiatives, inform on EO missions' data exploitation, report on the status of recommendations made at the 2014 Symposium and to prepare for the next phase of Dragon (2016 onwards...)

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4th ESA Advanced Training on Ocean Remote Sensing 2015

07 - 11 September 2015

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an advanced Ocean Remote Sensing Training Course, devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO Missions for science and applications development.

The course will take place at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) in Brest, France, from 07 to 11 September 2015.

The aims of the course are to: Explain theoretical principles of Ocean Colour Radiometry, SST retrievals, SAR and Radar Altimetry principles and applications; Introduce tools and methods for the exploitation of EO satellite data; Stimulate and support the exploitation of the ESA Earth Explorer missions and the Sentinels for ocean remote sensing science and applications.

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6th ESA Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing 2015

14 - 18 September 2015

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) organises each year an advanced Land Training Course devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO Missions (e.g. Sentinels) for science and applications development.

Post graduate, PhD students, post doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada interested in Land Remote Sensing and its applications are invited to apply to the 5 day course on the subject, which will be held at the University of Agronomic Science and Veterinary Medicine, in Bucharest, Romania from 14 to 18 September 2015.

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3rd Space for Hydrology Workshop

15 - 17 September 2015

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, and CNES is organising a sequel event to Hydrospace2007 held at WMO. This event is the 3rd Space for Hydrology Workshop - Titled "Surface Water Storage and Runoff: Modelling, In-Situ data and Remote Sensing". The workshop will take place from 15 to 17 September 2015 at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy.

The main objectives of the workshop are to prepare for the exploitation of the next generation of altimeters, to bring together hydrologists, both developing models and collecting in-situ data, and space scientists in order to tackle the future challenges in the hydrology of surface water storage and runoff.

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Earth Observation Science 2.0

12 - 14 October 2015

The European Space Agency (ESA) invites you to attend the first EO Science 2.0 conference to be held in ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) from 12 to 14 October 2015 to present your work, share your experience with many scientists across disciplines, and influence the evolution of Earth Observation (EO) science support activities.

EO Science 2.0 refers to the rapid and systematic changes in doing and organising EO science driven by the rapid advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) combined with a growing demand to do Science for Society and Science in Society. Today, rapid exchange of digital information is fostering a new world of data-intensive research, characterised by openness, transparency, reproducibility of results, access to large volume of complex data, availability of community tools and massive computing power, and new collaboration among researchers and new actors such as Citizen Scientists. In this context, this first conference will explore the new challenges and opportunities created by these rapid advances in ICT for EO science and develop a roadmap to address them.

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Earth Observation for Water Cycle Science 2015

20 - 23 October 2015

The European Space Agency is jointly organising, with GEWEX, a conference on the global water cycle. The conference will take place from 20 to 23 October 2015 at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy.

The purpose of this topical conference is to review our knowledge on the water cycle science at different scales in space and time; to advocate for the development of robust satellite geo-information data products to characterise and model the water cycle from global to basin scales; and to foster the improvement of models and data assimilation systems to support local, regional and global water cycle predictions, climate change impacts and development of mitigation strategies in water resources management.

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Mapping Urban Areas from Space (MUAS) 2015 conference

04 - 05 November 2015

The European Space Agency is organising, in the context of the Data User Element (DUE) of the Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP), a conference on Mapping Urban Areas from Space (MUAS) 2015. The conference will be held at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy, from 04 to 05 November 2015.

The purpose of this conference is to provide scientists and data users with the opportunity to present first-hand and up-to-date results from their ongoing research and application development activities by using data from past and current satellites.

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2nd GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting (UCM)

04 - 06 November 2015

Following the 1st successful UCM held last year in Plymouth, UK, the Second GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting will be held at IFREMER, Brest, France, from 04 to 06 November 2015.

This User Consultation Meeting offers an overview of the project progress and an opportunity to influence the future development through evaluation of preliminary products, clarification of user requirements and discussion of how the system will develop.

The meeting is open to International scientists, Industry and Institutions having an interest in Ocean Surface Current measurements from space, and will include a mix of plenary presentations, breakout groups and training activities focused on new products and services developed by the GlobCurrent Project.

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Proba-V Symposium

26 - 28 January 2016

The European Space Agency (ESA) in cooperation with the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is organising an event dedicated to the scientific and operational exploitation of Proba-V mission. The event, entitled "Proba-V Symposium", will be hosted in Ghent (Belgium), in the Mariott Hotel, from 26 to 28 January 2016. The Symposium is open to Proba-V users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries.

The main objectives of the workshop are:

  • Gather and foster the Proba-V scientific and user community
  • Present the Proba-V mission status, calibration results, algorithms and products quality
  • Provide a forum for investigators to report and discuss results of on-going science activities using Proba-V data
  • Provide a forum for international exchange on land, inland/coastal water and cryosphere applications
  • Report on and promote the use of Proba-V data for downstream operational services
  • Consult scientists to formulate community recommendations for algorithm and products improvements