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Dragon 4 call for proposals now open

29 October 2015

The European Space Agency (ESA) jointly with The National Remote Sensing Center of China (NRSCC) under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), are pleased to announce that the Dragon 4 Cooperation Call for proposals is now open. This Call is dedicated to science and application development exploiting Chinese, Copernicus Sentinels, ESA and Third Party Missions EO data.

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Living Planet Symposium sets a new record

28 October 2015

Registration for ESA's fifth Living Planet Symposium has just closed, reaching a record of nearly 2700 abstract entries.

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Release of first set of Level 2 Swarm magnetic field products complete

29 October 2015

The first set of Swarm Level 2 magnetic field products is complete and available for download. The set is comprised of models for the core field, lithospheric field, mantle conductivity, and external current systems in the ionosphere and magnetosphere.

New GPSR settings on Swarm A and B satellites

29 October 2015

The following GPSR optimised settings were uplinked to Swarm A on 8 October 2015 at 12:41 UTC and on Swarm B on 10 October 2015 at 12:11 UTC:

  • The bandwidth of the L1-carrier loop was increased by 50%
  • The bandwidth of the L2-carrier and P(Y)-code loops was increased by 100%
  • The fast reacquisition of the L1-carrier tracking was enabled by increasing the retry counter from zero to five
  • The number of tracked GPS satellites required by the onboard Kalman filter for calculating a valid navigation solution was reduced from three to one

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CryoSat NRT sea-ice thickness maps resume after summer break

26 October 2015

Maps of Arctic sea ice thickness measured by CryoSat are again available in near real time from the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling.

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Melting slows Greenland ice flow

28 October 2015

It may seem counter intuitive, but satellite data suggest that part of the Greenland ice sheet moves more slowly if the surface of the ice melts faster.

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Broome, western Australia

27 October 2015


The city of Broome and the nearby Cable Beach in western Australia are pictured in these Proba-V images, acquired in June 2015. The two images show the effect of tidal motion on the beach, greatly increasing its size as the water level drops.

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Manicouagan Crater, Canada

30 October 2015

This false-colour image featuring the Manicouagan Crater was captured by the Sentinel-1A satellite on 21 March 2015.

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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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Geological Remote Sensing 2015

09 - 11 December 2015

The Geological Remote Sensing conference will be held at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy from 9 to 11 December 2015. The conference is jointly organised by ESA and the Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG).

The 26th Annual Conference which will focus on a wide range of remote sensing applications, tools, latest developments and sensors.

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AGU Fall Meeting 2015

14 - 18 December 2015

The American Geophysical Union's 48th annual Fall Meeting will be held in San Francisco, California from 14 to 18 December 2015.

The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest worldwide conference in the geophysical sciences, attracting more than 24,000 Earth and space scientists, educators, students, and other leaders. For 46 years, energised and passionate Earth and space scientists from around the world gather at the AGU Fall Meeting to connect with colleagues, broaden their knowledge base, and embrace the joy of science.

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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

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2016 Conference on Big Data from Space (BiDS)

15 - 17 March 2016

This conference, jointly organised by ESA, SatCen, and JRC, in collaboration with the IAC, PCTT and the Council of Tenerife, aims to bring together researchers, engineers, and users in the area of Big Data from Space.

The conference shall take place at the Auditorio de Tenerife, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, from 15 to 17 March 2016.

The focus is on the whole data lifecycle, ranging from data acquisition by space-borne and ground-based sensors to data management, analysis and exploitation, and on the Infrastructures and Services for Big Data. Contributions are invited to the Big Data from Space Conference on all the aspects related to data volume, velocity, variety, veracity and value.

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MicroRad 2016

11 - 14 April 2016

The 14th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment (MicroRad 2016) will take place from 11 to 14 April 2016, on Aalto University Campus, Espoo, Finland.

MicroRad is a unique gathering where the microwave radiometry community has an opportunity to present new designs, research results, technological advances and unique innovations in the field of passive microwave remote sensing. The meeting will cover wide radiometry applications and fields such as soil moisture and state, ocean salinity, cryosphere, ocean dynamics, sounding, radiometer calibration, radio frequency interference issues, new technologies etc. The meeting is expected to attract scientists and engineers from all over the world.

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Living Planet Symposium 2016

09 - 13 May 2016

The 2016 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 09 to 13 May 2016. It is organised with the support of the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.

The event, which in 2013 attracted 1800 participants, will focus on the exploitation of satellite data in various thematic domains: Atmosphere, Oceanography, Cryosphere, Land, Hazards, Climate and Meteorology, Solid Earth/Geodesy, Near-Earth Environment, New Methodologies and Products, Open Science 2.0.

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Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science 2016

10 - 13 May 2016

The Earth Observation and Cryosphere Science 2016 conference will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 10 to 13 May 2016. The event is jointly organised by the European Space Agency and the Climate and Cryosphere Project.

The purpose of this topical conference is to advance our knowledge on the potential offered by EO technology to answer some of the major open questions in cryosphere science; to review the latest developments on advanced EO-based geo-information data products addressing key cryosphere processes; and identify the major scientific requirements and challenges of the cryosphere scientific community for the coming years where EO may contribute.


Registration deadline: 22 April 2016