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Siberia blanketed in smoke

29 September 2016

Wildfires break out in the boreal forests of eastern Russia most summers, but 2016 has been particularly bad, with numerous blazes since July.

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POLinSAR 2017 – Abstract submission closing soon

27 September 2016

The European Space Agency is organising POLinSAR 2017, the 8th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry, to be hosted in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy from 23 to 27 January 2017.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 09 October 2016.

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Satellites help understand what fuels the twilight zone

27 September 2016

The deep, dark twilight zone a kilometre down in the ocean is home to most of the world's fish, but how they get enough food has largely been a mystery. Now, thanks to satellites and floating sensors, scientists have worked out how much energy is being pumped to the depths.

WorldCover Conference 2017

27 September 2016

The European Space Agency, together with GEO, FAO and EU are organising the WorldCover 2017 Conference. It will be held at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, between 14-16 March 2017.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 6 December 2016.

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Constantsa, Romania

30 September 2016

These Landsat images acquired 30 years apart clearly show the urban development of Constanţa, in Romania.

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Cape Verde Islands - Von Kármán vortices

28 September 2016


This week, Proba-V shows us the Cape Verde Islands - acquired on 13 June 2014.

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Ouarkziz crater

30 September 2016

This image, captured by Sentinel-2A on 9 March, shows part of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, which border the Sahara Desert in western Algeria.

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Atmospheric Composition Validation and Evolution 2016

18 - 20 October 2016

The European Space Agency is organising the fifth workshop on Atmospheric Composition Validation and Calibration activities, providing science and Cal/Val experts with the opportunity to present their latest results of their ongoing research and application developments including evolution aspects of the validation methods for future satellite missions.

The conference will be held at ESRIN in Frascati, Italy, from 18 to 20 October 2016.

During the workshop the status of the recently reprocessed data sets from atmospheric instruments on ERS-2, Envisat and the data sets of Metop and ESA Third Party Missions shall be presented. Evolution aspects of the workshop will focus on ground based validation networks and their development in view of the Sentinel and Earth Explorer (EarthCARE and ADM-Aeolus) operations as well as Fiducial Reference Measurements. Furthermore, the workshop shall provide the opportunity to address evolution aspects of the Sentinel-3/ Sentinel-5 Precursor products for atmospheric applications.

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Ocean salinity and water cycle variability session at AGU Fall Meeting 2016

12 - 16 December 2016

The "Ocean salinity, water cycle variability and science results from satellite measurements" session will take place at the AGU Fall Meeting 2016 in San Francisco, USA, from 12 to 16 December 2016. With approximately 24,000 attendees in 2015, AGU's Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.

This session highlights research investigating ocean salinity, an Essential Climate Variable (ECV), as a key parameter that links various elements of the water cycle to ocean circulation dynamics and climate. Contributions are invited on all aspects of ocean salinity investigations, including analyses undertaken from in situ and satellite observations, numerical models, and data assimilation. We particularly welcome contributions that have utilised sea surface salinity (SSS) measurements from the recent pathfinder satellite missions (SMOS, Aquarius/SAC-D, and SMAP).

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FLEX 2017 workshop

17 - 19 January 2017

The ‘Remote sensing of fluorescence, photosynthesis and vegetation status' or FLEX 2017 workshop will take place at ESA-ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy from 17 to 19 January 2017.

The Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) was selected as ESA's 8th Earth Explorer mission to provide information on terrestrial vegetation layer and plant health. FLEX will fly in formation with the Sentinel-3 satellite(s), making use of both Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 observations, with a planned launch being foreseen in the 2022+ timeframe.

This workshop will bring together remote sensing experts and potential users, exploring the new observation capabilities provided by the FLEX, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 missions as well as synergies.

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POLinSAR 2017 workshop

23 - 27 January 2017

The European Space Agency is organising POLinSAR 2017, the 8th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry, to be hosted in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy from 23 to 27 January 2017. This workshop will be followed by the 4th ESA Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry, to be held at the same location during the following week.

The main objectives of the POLinSAR 2017 course are to:

  • Provide a forum for scientific exchange
  • Present the latest exploitation results from fully polarimetric 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 Party fully polarimetric mission exploitation (BIOMASS, NOVASAR-S, RCM, SAOCOM-CS, TerraSAR-L etc.)
  • Present innovative polarimetric applications and ideas for future polarimetric mission concepts
  • Report on progress/status of POLinSAR 2015 and BIOMASS 2015 recommendations

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4th Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry 2017

30 January - 02 February 2017

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising the 4th Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry devoted 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 applications;
  • Introduce available tools and methods for the exploitation of dual polarization and fully polarimetric data;
  • Provide first-hand and up-to-date information on the state of the art in Radar Polarimetry and Polarimetric SAR Interferometry.

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Workshop on Vicarious Adjustment

21 - 23 February 2017

The European Space Agency is organising the "Workshop on Vicarious Adjustment". The event will be hosted at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy from 21 to 23 February 2017. The objective of this workshop is to gather experts in the different fields involved in vicarious adjustment and open a wide range debate on the best way to go for future long term vicarious infrastructure.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched a project called Fiducial Reference Measurements for Satellite Ocean Colour (FRM4SOC). Led by Tartu Observatory Estonia, FRM4SOC aims to establish and maintain SI traceability of Fiducial Reference Measurements (FRM) for satellite OCR. To ensure the best possible product delivery to users, ESA is organising this international workshop to evaluate the options for future European satellite OCR vicarious adjustment infrastructure for the Sentinel-3 OLCI and Sentinel-2 MSI series.

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WorldCover 2017 Conference

14 - 16 March 2017

The European Space Agency together with GEO, FAO and EU are organising the WorldCover 2017 Conference to be held at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 14 to 16 March 2017.

The WorldCover 2017 Conference aims to provide scientists and users with the opportunity to present first-hand and up-to-date results from their on-going research and application development activities by using data from past and current satellites. The outcome of the conference will help to further shape the next generation of R&D activities in the frame of ESA Earth Observation Programmes.

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North American CryoSat science meeting and geodetic missions workshop

20 - 24 March 2017

The first North American CryoSat Science Meeting will take place in Banff (Alberta, Canada) from 20 to 24 March 2017.

The meeting will provide a unique and timely forum for scientists and end-users of CryoSat data to share the state-of-the-art in research and applications, review mission achievements and prepare for the continued use of the CryoSat mission in the future. Organised approximately seven years after launch of CryoSat, the meeting will highlight areas where the mission has made significant contribution including cryosphere, oceanography, geodesy, hydrology, topography, meteorology and climate change. Presentations on the use of CryoSat data for operational applications and demonstrations of novel scientific applications are also encouraged. The meeting will be instrumental to outline the international collaboration in the exploitation of data, to propose new scientific requirements, to identify new scientific challenges in view of the extension beyond 2019 and, in general, for its possible successor.

The meeting is held in parallel with the Fourth Swarm science meeting. There will be a one-day joint session to address common thematic applications related to gravimetric applications.

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Fourth Swarm Science Meeting & geodetic missions workshop

20 - 24 March 2017

Jointly with partners in Canada, the European Space Agency is organizing a cornerstone event in the area of exploitation of data from Swarm and geodetic satellite missions, including GOCE, GRACE and future missions. The Fourth Swarm Science Meeting and the accompanying Geodetic Missions Workshop will be held at the Park Lodge Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada alongside the CryoSat North-American Science Meeting from 20 to 24 March 2017.

In these co-located meetings the European Space Agency aims to address science, applications and services in the context of its Earth Explorer series of missions, ranging in focus from the Earth's outer core to the magnetosphere. Specifically, as the Swarm mission is about to complete three years of extremely successful science operations, the meeting will bring together the wider international scientific community to explore and develop scientific and application synergies and to propel the mission into its next phase.

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Fringe 2017

05 - 09 June 2017

The European Space Agency is organising Fringe 2017, the 10th International Workshop on "Advances in the Science and Applications of SAR Interferometry and Sentinel-1 InSAR".

The event will be hosted at the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, from 05 to 09 June 2017.

Fringe 2017 is a free workshop, and it is open to ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-1 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industries.