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ALOS processing on the fly

30 March 2017

Following major development activities, which caused data access unavailability over the last months, ESA has now made all of its archived data from the PALSAR instrument available again. The new ground segment architecture allows for faster data access, as data requested by the user will be provided out of the archive and processed "on the fly". No more manual intervention for processing will be necessary on ESA's side. WB1 PALSAR data will become available in the next months.

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CryoSat reveals Antarctica in 3D

24 March 2017

Around 250 million measurements taken by ESA's CryoSat over the last six years have been used to create a unique 3D view of Antarctica, offering a snapshot of the undulating surface of this vast ice sheet.

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Improving land cover mapping with Sentinel-2

24 March 2017

With the pair of Sentinel-2 satellites now in orbit, users are looking ahead to mapping global land cover at 10 m resolution.

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Swarm MAGx_LR_1B dataset (version 0501) has been extended

27 March 2017

With reference to the news published on 05 January 2017 we inform the Swarm users that the Swarm MAGx_LR_1B version 0501 has been extended for all Swarm spacecraft.

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Supersonic plasma jets discovered

23 March 2017

Information from ESA's magnetic field Swarm mission has led to the discovery of supersonic plasma jets high up in our atmosphere that can push temperatures up to almost 10,000°C.

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New OGC EO Interface Integration service available under OSEO call for proposals

28 March 2017

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.

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Climate at your fingertips

28 March 2017

Discover our planet's changing climate through the eyes of satellites with Climate from Space, a new digital book for iPad and Android tablets featuring interactive maps and video interviews with top scientists.

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Mount Etna Volcano (Sicily, Italy)

Sentinel-2 captured these views of the most recent eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy. The two images acquired in February and March show the volcano before and after the eruption.

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Norwegian Fjords

28 March 2017


This Proba-V 100m image of 14 February 2017 shows large fjords and their sharp contrast with the surrounding snow-covered land area in southern Norway. From South to North one can see the Bokna, Hardanger, and Sogne fjords.

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Alert, Canada

31 March 2017

This Sentinel-1 radar composite image takes us to the northeastern tip of Ellesmere Island (lower-left), where the Nares Strait opens up into the Lincoln Sea in the Canadian Arctic.

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International Ocean Colour Science Meeting

15 - 18 May 2017

The third International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) meeting will take place from 15 to 18 May 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal, followed by a Copernicus marine data stream training event on 19 May 2017.

IOCS-2017 is being convened by the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) in partnership with, and thanks to sponsorship from, EUMETSAT, ESA, the European Commission and NASA, and with the support of all the IOCCG-sponsoring agencies and organisations.

The overarching theme of IOCS-2017 is "Exploring New Capabilities for Global Ocean Colour Observations" with the overall goal of nurturing a strong global user community for ocean colour science and applications, and fostering exchange between the ocean colour research community and international space agencies with an interest in ocean colour science.

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Global Ocean Salinity and the Water Cycle Workshop

22 - 26 May 2017

The 'Global Ocean Salinity and the Water Cycle' Workshop will be held at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusets, USA, from 22 to 26 May 2017.


The oceans are the largest reservoir in the global water cycle and the ultimate source of all rainfall. Sea surface salinity responds directly to the net gain or loss of water at the ocean surface. Significant progress in monitoring the global ocean salinity field has been made in recent decades with both in-situ and satellite technology.

These new observing capabilities are leading to new insights into the connectivity between the upper ocean salinity and the global water cycle. The ocean salinity field has emerged as a superior indicator of change in the water cycle and can provide new predictive capabilities for rainfall on land. Thus, it is important to promote and sustain salinity observations and the understanding of how salinity variability originates and its role in the physics of the upper ocean.

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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.

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Joint ESA / NASA Earth Observation training course - Trans-Atlantic Training (TAT-5)

16 - 20 June 2017

The main objective of the Trans-Atlantic Training (TAT) initiative is to provide training activities for students and early-career scientists in the area of Earth Observation (EO), with an emphasis on remote sensing of land-cover changes and ecosystem dynamics.

The 5th Trans-Atlantic Training (TAT-5) EO training course will be held from 16 to 20 June 2017 and hosted by the University of Pécs, Hungary.

The topic of TAT-5 is "Multi-sensor Approaches in Studying Land Use/Land Cover Change". Lectures and training activities will be focused on the evaluation of impacts of land use/land cover change on ecosystems by using different types of sensors. The state-of-the-art advanced methods of Earth Observation shall be presented and discussed by leading experts from Europe and USA.

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Validating Copernicus Sentinel data using Fiducial Reference Measurement

20 - 21 June 2017

A satellite validation international workshop will be held in Plymouth, UK, from 20 to 21 June 2017.

The Copernicus Sentinel Atlantic Meridional Transect Fiducial Reference Measurements workshop will serve as a forum for discussing the performance of Sentinel -1, -2 and -3 at retrieving ocean colour, sea surface temperature and information about upper ocean dynamics in the open ocean and coastal environments.It will identify potential strategies for the validation of Sentinel missions in the future.
The workshop should be beneficial to anyone with an interest in the validation of satellite data; four main themes will be addressed:

  • Fiducial Reference Measurement methods and protocols
  • Ocean Colour validation
  • Sea Surface Temperature validation
  • Validation of upper ocean dynamics.

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MultiTemp

27 - 29 June 2017

The MultiTemp bi-annual conference will take place in Bruges, Belgium from 27 to 29 June 2017. Its primary objective is to advance the knowledge on using EO time series to address a wide range of applications. Since its foundation in 2001, the scientific development in time series analysis has evolved from change detection methods to signal-processing methods, and from single-sensor approaches to multi-sensor synergy and fusion methods.

MultiTemp 2017 places the methodological improvements within the different application fields central, in order to facilitate the cross-fertilization between different approaches. Scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries are all welcome to join this discussion.

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1st International Surface Working Group

20 - 21 July 2017

Within the framework of the WMO Coordinated Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) a number of international science working groups exist to provide expert recommendations and coordination for atmospheric observations. The Earth surface community has recognised the opportunity of a sister group addressing surface Earth Observations (EO) needs and their applications. The 1st International Surface Working Group will take place will take place in Monterey California (USA) on 20 and 21 July 2017.

The workshop will be designed to be inclusive of all surfaces, land, ocean and sea-ice. This workshop seeks to bring together scientists working on areas which are particularly poorly monitored by current satellite missions. Recommendations will be put forward to the CGMS on those surface properties where continuity in the monitoring is lacking a cooperative international advocate. Particular examples include satellite based estimation of soil moisture, snow, land surface temperature and surface water body extents. This group will bring forward a continuity plan using existing systems and the ones planned which would fill this application gap in the future would be a primary effort to fall upon this group.

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4th Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop / CCI Soil Moisture User Workshop

18 - 20 September 2017

The Satellite Soil Moisture and Application Workshop aims to discuss and reconcile recent methodological advances in the development, validation and application of global satellite soil moisture data. The workshop series is unique by bringing together satellite users and developers to focus on both the derivation and exploration of soil moisture data from passive or active microwave satellite missions (SMAP, SMOS, ASCAT, AMRS-2, Sentinel-1, and other legacy missions). The workshop follows up former editions held at ESA/ESRIN in Frascati (Italy, 2013), in Amsterdam (Netherlands, 2014) and in New York (USA, 2016). The report from the 3rd workshop was published in the GEWEX News November 2016.


The CCI Soil Moisture User Workshop is similar in scope but particularly invites users of the CCI Soil Moisture products. Users from any relevant application area are invited to present their experiences with the data and provide ideas for future product improvements. The CCI Soil Moisture User Workshop is an event organised within the framework of ESA's Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Soil Moisture project.


Both workshops will be held at the Vienna University of Technology, on 19-20 September 2017 and on 18 September 2017, respectively. 

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HAPS4ESA - Towards an ESA Stratospheric High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites (HAPS) programme for Earth Observation, Telecommunications and Navigation

09 - 10 October 2017

High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) are stratospheric platforms that stay over a fixed point on Earth from weeks to months. Compared to ground-based systems, towers or aircraft, HAPS operate quasi-stationarily at an altitude of approximately 20 km. This allows them to complement or extend the capabilities of satellites in the domains of Earth Observation, Telecommunication and Navigation with the potential to further integrate with ground-based infrastructure. The European industry and research community is committed to develop HAPS systems while the advancing miniaturisation of sensor and communication technologies provides compact payloads compatible with the weight and power limitations of these platforms. Integrating HAPS into satellites systems offers new opportunities to provide improved products and services.

Capitalising on these developments, the European Space Agency is reaching out to the Earth Observation, Telecommunication and Navigation communities to present and discuss synergies between satellites and HAPS as well as to collect feedback and recommendations regarding a potential ESA HAPS programme.