29 October 2019
Hagibis was the biggest typhoon to hit Japan in decades. With extreme events like this likely to increase in number and in severity as a consequence of climate change, satellites are playing an increasingly important role in understanding and tracking huge storms.
28 October 2019
ESA and Arianespace have signed a contract that secures the launch of the Earth Explorer Biomass satellite. With liftoff scheduled for 2022 on a Vega launch vehicle from French Guiana, this new mission is another step closer to mapping the amount of carbon stored in forests and how it changes over time though deforestation, for example.
28 October 2019
The Very High-resolution Radar & Optical Data Assessment (VH-RODA) workshop will take place at ESA/ESRIN in Frascati (Italy) from 18 to 22 November 2019. On-site registration is not available, workshop attendees should register online before the deadline of 4 November.
Earth Observation Events
18 - 22 November 2019
The VH-RODA workshop will be held in Frascati, Italy from 18 to 22 November 2019. The workshop, hosted by ESA/ESRIN, will provide an open forum for the presentation and discussion of the current status and future developments related to the calibration and validation of space borne very high-resolution SAR and optical sensors and data products.
The Very High-resolution Radar & Optical Data Assessment (VH-RODA) workshop will address the quality and capability of very high-resolution SAR and optical instruments from public and commercial remote sensing platforms. The workshop will focus on the exchange of information regarding data quality, instrument calibration and characterization methodologies, related procedures, on-board systems and needed ground-based infrastructures. The VH-RODA workshop is part of ESA's continuing commitment to remote sensing technology as an important tool in providing information to address critical science and societal matters.
Note that the VH-RODA workshop will be organised consecutively with the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Working Group on Calibration and Validation (WGCV) SAR Subgroup, Synthetic Aperture Radar Workshop 2019 (CEOS SAR 2019). The CEOS SAR 2019 workshop will focus on current and future issues related to the calibration and validation of space borne SAR sensors and data products.
3 - 5 December 2019
The European Space Week will be held at the Helsinki Congress Paasitorni in Helsinki, Finland, from 3 to 5 December, 2019. This year's European Space Week focuses on the following central themes:
Bringing together business, policy-makers, international experts and the space application user community, the event will present first-hand insights into the European Union's Space Programmes Copernicus and Galileo and updates on the New Space Economy, as well as discussing how space solutions can contribute to a sustainable Europe and a sustainable future.
With a mix of keynotes, panel discussions, networking opportunities, business matchmaking sessions and exhibitions, the EU Space Week provides the perfect setup for a productive exchange of game-changing ideas, future trends and current challenges.
Registration is open
9 - 13 December 2019
The AGU Fall Meeting 2019 Conference is scheduled to take place from 09 to 13 December 2019, in San Francisco, California, USA.
Particularly interesting for the SMOS User community, the session "The global water cycle: Coupling and Exchanges between the ocean, land, and atmosphere" 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 spaceborne observations from current (e.g., SMAP, SMOS, GRACE-FO, GPM, GCOM-W), past (e.g., Aquarius, TRMM, GRACE), and future (e.g., SWOT, CIMR) satellite missions, estimates based on numerical models, data assimilation systems, as well as climate model projections and theoretical contributions.
We particularly welcome studies 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.
We welcome global and regional assessments across these interfaces, and contributions that demonstrate what needs to be observed to ensure that long-term changes in the water cycle are accurately quantified.
9 - 11 March 2021
The European Space Agency is organising the symposium "Earth Explorers for Climate - The contribution from SMOS"has been rescheduled to take place on 9 to 11 March 2021 at the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the SMOS mission.
The objective of this symposium is to take stock of the contributions of SMOS to science and research during the last 10 years and to have an outlook and set the priorities for the next 10 years with a particular focus on climate research.
Current submissions will be kept and the submission tool will reopen closer to the meeting so it is possible to make changes to submissions, or add a new submission with your latest research.
16 - 20 November 2020
The 16th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment (MicroRad 2020) will be held from 16 to 20 November at the Santa Apollonia Auditorium in Florence, Italy. The event is organised by the Centro di Telerilevamento a Microonde (CETEM) and the Istituto di Fisica Applicata (IFAC-CNR).
Participation in MicroRad2020 meeting is open to all individuals interested in or working in the fields of passive microwave remote sensing; the microwave radiometry community is invited to present new research results and instrument designs in the field of remote sensing of land, ocean, cryosphere and atmosphere.
Thanks to an ESA sponsorship, travel support can be provided to a selection of 10 students, to encourage the participation of young scientists to the event. In order to be eligible for receiving the support, students must submit an abstract to the conference as first author. Further details on the MicroRad2020 website.
Meeting postponed and will now take place on 16 to 20 November: Read the communication by the organisers
5 - 8 October 2020
The CryoSat 10th Anniversary Conference will take place from 5 to 8 October 2020 in Taormina (Sicily), Italy.
The conference was due to take place in March, but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation.
Over the last 10 years, CryoSat has not only delivered a wealth of information about Earth's changing ice, rather it has demonstrated that it can be a valuable data source for oceanography, hydrology and geodesy, surpassing expectations with a range of results that go far beyond its original goals.
While the conference focuses on the latest scientific results from the mission, it is also a celebration of the remarkable contribution that CryoSat has made to our understanding of the cryosphere and its role in the Earth system and the climate, and in turn, the impacts on society.
Due to the rescheduling of the conference, Registration will reopen on 1 June 2020
This event is now cancelled
Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak in Europe, the EGU General Assembly 2020 in Vienna has been cancelled, to be replaced by the ‘EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online' (#shareEGU20) initiative, a week-long series of online activities during the first week of May to support the EGU community by fostering scientific communication.