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Copernicus improving daily lives in 99 stories

26 November 2018

With seven Copernicus Sentinel missions in orbit delivering an almost unimaginable amount of freely-available data about our planet, the potential of tapping into this incredible resource to better the lives of citizens is almost limitless. A new publication that collects 99 stories from European public authorities highlights how we are all benefiting from Copernicus.

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New EOX Sentinel-2 cloudless map over Europe and Northern Africa service available under OSEO

29 November 2018

The Open Science Earth Observation (OSEO) call aims to foster scientific and applications uptake of full archives of EO data, by offering third party services which exploit state of the art ICT.

ESA is pleased to announce the opening of the new EOX Cloud Free Sentinel-2 map Service as a 3rd-party service added to the OSEO call.

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Spire data familiarization phase for the Earthnet Third Party Mission programme

21 November 2018

ESA and Spire are pleased to announce the opportunity to freely access, up to March 2019, through the Third Party Mission programme, 6 different samples of global Spire satellite data.

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Tackling drought issues for food security

29 November 2018

This summer's drought is a harsh reminder of how unusual weather can cause havoc for farmers – even in a rich part of the world like Western Europe. While there is a wealth of satellite data available to help predict the risk of drought, it can be daunting for a non-expert to handle. ESA's Food Security Thematic Exploitation Platform (FS-TEP) makes this task much easier.

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Climate analysis toolbox updated

22 November 2018

An update to ESA's climate analysis toolbox that combines information collected from numerous satellite missions is now available, and can supercharge climate-change research studies for scientists and degree-level students.

EGU 2019 – Abstract submission is open

19 November 2018

The European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly 2019 will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 7 to 12 April 2019, bringing together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. 

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Yellowstone National Park, USA

27 November 2018


These Proba-V images show Yellowstone National Park in the United States during the four seasons, from autumn through to summer.

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Mexico City

30 November 2018

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over Mexico City with this striking image created using three Copernicus Sentinel-1 acquisitions from 28 July, 27 August and 26 September 2018.

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Swarm session at the AGU Fall Meeting 2018

10 - 14 December

Contributions are welcome for the special Swarm session that will be held at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, taking place from 10 to 14 December in Washington DC, USA. The session is named "New and Emerging Magnetosphere-IOnosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Science from Remote and In Situ Spacecraft Measurements: The First 5 Years of Swarm".

The Swarm constellation recently became a quartet with the addition of the CASSIOPE Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (e-POP); which is referred to as Swarm-E. Since their launch in the Fall of 2013, Swarm and Swarm-E have formed the vanguard of remote and in-situ diagnostics of the coupled Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere (MIT) system. As a quartet, Swarm will enable new insight into MIT coupling processes and wave-particle interactions across multiple spatiotemporal scales.


Registration is open

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Session 'The global water cycle' at the AGU Fall Meeting 2018

10 - 14 December 2018

The upcoming AGU Fall Meeting 2018 Conference runs Monday to Friday from 10 to 14 December 2018, in Washington DC, USA.

Quite noteworthy for the SMOS User community, the session "The global water cycle: linkages of ocean salinity with the atmosphere and terrestrial hydrology" 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 remote observations from current (e.g., SMAP, SMOS, GRACE, GPM, GCOM-W), past (e.g., Aquarius, TRMM), and future (e.g., SWOT, GRACE-FO) satellite missions, estimates based on numerical models, data assimilation systems, and climate model projections. Particularly welcome are contributions 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.


Registration is open

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MED 2018

11 - 13 December

The MED 2018 consultation meeting is planned from 11-13 December and will take place at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy. The aim of the meeting is to define a roadmap for a Mediterranean initiative within ESA's EO Science for Society Programme Element, encompassing topics such as atmosphere, oceanography, climate and land research and applications.

 

The objectives of the event are:

  • To review the main requirements from geo-information in the region from science to information services;
  • To review the main activities, projects and initiatives taking place in the region where EO may contribute;
  • To assess the potential of the increasing observation capacity offered by satellites to address the needs for science, applications and future information services;
  • To discuss and agree on a number of key priority areas and requirements for research and development activities that may address the science and applications needs of a wide range of user sectors in the region;
  • To prepare a roadmap to be implemented in the ESA EO Science for society programme element.

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5th Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry 2019

22 - 25 January 2019

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising the 5th Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry dedicated to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit dual and fully polarimetric data for science and applications development.

The event will be hosted at ESA ESRIN, Frascati (Rome), Italy. The main objectives of the course are to:

  • Train the next generation of European and Canadian Principal Investigators (PIs)
  • Explain theoretical principles, processing algorithms, data products and their use in various applications
  • Introduce available tools and methods for the exploitation of dual and fully polarimetric data
  • Provide first-hand and up-to-date information on the state of the art in Radar Polarimetry, Polarimetric SAR Interferometry and SAR Tomography.

Notification of acceptance - Extended to 18 December 2018

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POLinSAR 2019

28 January - 1 February 2019

The European Space Agency is organising POLinSAR 2019, the 9th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry, to be hosted in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy from 28 January to 01 February 2019.

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Provide a forum for scientific exchange
  • Present the latest exploitation results from full-pol airborne and spaceborne systems and assess the state-of-the-art
  • Review retrieved bio-geophysical parameters and their accuracy
  • Make recommendations for algorithm development and new products
  • Support the preparation for ESA and Third Parties full-pol missions exploitation (BIOMASS, NOVASAR-S, RCM, SAOCOM, TerraSAR-L etc.)
  • Present innovative polarimetric applications and ideas for future polarimetric mission concepts
  • Report on the status of POLinSAR 2017 recommendations.

 

Registration deadline: 20 January 2019

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HAPS4ESA 2019 - State-of-the-art and future perspective for High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites in Europe

12 - 14 February 2019

High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) operating for extended periods at an altitude of approximately 20 km complement and extend the capabilities of satellites in the domains of Earth Observation, Telecommunication and Navigation. HAPS, in synergy with satellites, offer unique capabilities for the development of value adding applications and science. With over 200 participants, the HAPS4ESA 2017 workshop was the first meeting in Europe bringing together HAPS system, payload and applications developers, institutional stakeholders, space agencies and scientists.

Building on this success, the European Space Agency is again reaching out to the Earth Observation, Telecommunication and Navigation communities to review the State-of-the-Art and the future perspectives of HAPS in a changing Space 4.0 environment and with a specific focus regarding potential ESA HAPS activities to be decided at the next ESA Council at Ministerial level in 2019 (Space19+). The event will take place from 12 to 14 February 2019 at the Event & Convention Centre Leiden, in the Netherlands.


Extended registration deadline: 6 February 2019

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Conference on Big Data from Space - BiDS'19

19 - 21 February 2019

The 2019 Conference on Big Data from Space (BiDS'19) 'Turning Data into Insights', takes place on 19-21 February 2019 in Alte Kongresshalle, Munich, Germany.

The BiDS'19 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).

Big Data from Space refers to the massive spatio-temporal Earth and Space observation data collected by a variety of sensors - ranging from ground based to space-borne - and the synergetic use of data coming from other sources and communities.

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World Ocean Circulation User Consultation Meeting 2019

21 - 22 February 2019

A user consultation meeting is planned to take place on 21 and 22 February 2019 at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, to prepare a roadmap for new initiatives on ocean circulation research and applications to be implemented in the ESA EO Science for Society programme element.


The world ocean circulation is the engine allowing energy, heat, momentum, chemicals and floating materials ranging from living resources to marine pollution to be transported over large distance around the Earth. The accurate knowledge of the ocean circulation at all time and space scales is becoming increasingly importance to many scientific, operational and commercial applications.


A large variety of active and passive remote-sensing instruments are in orbit today, which measurements both provide indirect knowledge about ocean surface currents at various spatial and temporal scales, also representing a surface signature of the ocean interior dynamics.


All these data, used in synergy, constitute a wealth of information to advance our understanding and estimation of the upper layer of the World Ocean Circulation.

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Fluorescence (FLEX) 2019

5 - 8 March 2019

This International Network follows a series of events addressing remote sensing of vegetation fluorescence. With the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) –Sentinel-3 tandem mission in its implementation phase and fluorescence measurements becoming increasingly available from missions like OCO-2 and Sentinel-5 P, the network will focus on latest developments in fluorescence remote sensing.

 

This includes fluorescence retrievals and atmospheric correction, product validation using ground and airborne instrumentation, and applications covering modeling at different spatial scales and data assimilation.

 

In addition, we encourage contributions related to research and applications over coastal and inland waters. The International Network is open to all scientists and engineers interested in exploring the new observation capabilities and synergies provided by the FLEX and the Sentinel-3 mission. The total number of participants is limited.

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3rd Sentinel-2 Validation Team Meeting

12 - 14 March 2019

The objective of the Sentinel-2 Validation Team Meeting (S2VT) is to provide a forum for interaction among different researchers from both industrial and academic laboratories and institutions in order to foster the development of efficient and effective Calibration and Validation methods.

 

The meeting will be held at ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France from 12 to 14 March 2019. The S2VT aims at collecting independent validation evidence and experimental data to support the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. The recommendations will be used to contribute to the quality assessment of the mission core products while exploiting Copernicus Sentinel-2 data and to give support to the Cal/Val activities.

 

The meeting will be structured around a set of plenary presentations given by expert practitioners working with Copernicus Sentinel-2 and other similar missions to inform on the lessons learned and priorities based on experience, a poster session of potential cal/val community activities including validation campaigns and methods.

 

Registration deadline: 1 March 2019

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EGU General Assembly 2019

7 - 12 April 2019

The European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly 2019 will as usual take place in Vienna, Austria, from 07 to 12 April 2019, bringing together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences.

 

The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. For more information, please check the General Assembly section of the website.

 

Registration is open

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Living Planet Symposium 2019

13 - 17 May 2019

ESA is pleased to invite you to participate in the 2019 Living Planet Symposium. The event, held every three years, will take place on 13–17 May 2019 at the MiCo Milano Congressi in Milan, Italy. The Symposium is organised with the support of the Italian Space Agency.


Attracting thousands of scientists and data users, ESA's Living Planet Symposia are amongst the biggest Earth observation conferences in the world.

 

The Living Planet Symposium 2019 promises to be bigger and wider ranging than ever before. The event will not only see scientists present their latest findings on Earth's environment and climate derived from satellite data, but will also focus on Earth observation's role in building a sustainable future and a resilient society.

 

Participants will also be able to explore how emerging technologies are revolutionising the use of Earth observation, creating new opportunities for public and private sector interactions, and how business and the economy can benefit from this new epoch.

 

Final programme: Available at the symposium