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ESA Earth Observation Φ-week

22 - 26 October 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a Φ-week event focusing on EO Open Science and FutureEO to review the latest developments in Open Science trends and kick-start innovative activities of the recently created Φ-department. This department and its associated Φ-lab is looking at FutureEO and aims to identify, support and scale bold EO ideas. This event will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN.

Abstract submission deadline: 01 April 2018

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25 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry Symposium

24 - 29 September 2018

Following on from the 15 Years and 20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry Symposia in 2006 and 2012, both deemed very successful landmarks by the participants and the readership of the Proceedings, we have now reached the 25-year anniversary of the first supply of ERS-1 and TOPEX/Poseidon data products to the Altimetry Community.


To mark the occasion, the European Space Agency (ESA) in collaboration with the French Space Agency (CNES) is organising an exceptional Symposium on "25 years of Progress in Radar Altimetry". The event will take place in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores Archipelago (Portugal) from 24 to 29 September 2018, and will be sponsored by other partner agencies and organisations supporting the development of altimetry.


Along with the symposium, related events will take place in the same week which includes the annual meeting of the Ocean Surface Topography Science Team (OSTST) and the International DORIS Service (IDS) Workshop.

Early Registration deadline: 25 May 2018

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42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly

14 - 22 July 2018

The 42nd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) will be held in Pasadena, California, USA, from 14 to 22 July 2018.

See the list of scientific events (sessions) under the COSPAR Scientific Commission (Space Studies of the Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate).

Event A2.1 'Scientific Exploitation of Oceanographic Measurements From New Missions and Heritage Data Sets' is particularly noteworthy, as the aim of this session is to foster scientific applications of satellite measurements from past and current missions to study variability of the ocean and its relationships with changes in other elements of the Earth system, including atmosphere, cryosphere, and land.

We invite contributions to all aspects of satellite oceanography associated with the use of satellite observations and derived estimates of various oceanographic parameters, including sea surface temperature, height, and salinity, ocean surface wind and current, ocean colour, and sea ice. Potential topics include scientific analysis of these data and their assimilation into models. Synergistic use of satellite measurements of different oceanic parameters is particularly encouraged.

Early registration fee deadline: 27 April 2018

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Joint Workshop - 2nd IWSG and 8th LSA-SAF

26 - 28 June 2018

The 2nd International Surface Working Group (ISWG) event will be held jointly with the 8th Land Surface Analysis Satellite Application Facility (LSA-SAF) Workshop in Lisbon, Portugal from 26 to 28 June 2018, at Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA).

The meeting will focus on:

  • Assimilation of surface observations derived from: IR/MW, active/passive remote sensing data relevant to terrestrial surfaces, land-atmosphere interactions, and related applications;
  • Land surface assimilation schemes: state of the operational land surface modelling systems and recent developments; sensitivity studies of surface model parameters to remotely sensed data; outcomes of assimilating SMOS, GPM, SMAP observations; calibration issues, variable transforms or PDF matching techniques;
  • Radiative transfer and emissivity/reflectivity model development: VIS/IR/MW, all surface types, review of current parameterization for forward modelling surface boundary; description of available land emissivity databases/atlases (MW and IR); intercomparison/validation of physical models and retrieved emissivity (MW and IR, including land, ocean, and ice surfaces);
  • Retrievals of surface parameters: product characteristics and performances and expected evolutions including land surface temperature, albedo, vegetation state, soil moisture, snow water equivalent, water-body extent, sea surface wind, salinity, canopy parameters, vegetation water content, sea-ice concentration, etc. and the resulting surface emissivity/reflectance spectra
  • Other relevant topics: model-data comparison efforts involving EO dataset and shared experiences from ongoing surface monitoring systems, use of multi-sensor/ multi-platform, multi-temporal approaches to maximize information over heterogeneous or rapidly changing surface types.

Oral and poster presentations are accepted; registration and submission of abstracts will close on 16 April 2018

ISWG contributors and all those interested in these topics are also invited to contribute to a special issue in the Remote Sensing journal titled Advancing Earth Surface Representation via Enhanced Use of Earth Observations in Monitoring and Forecasting Applications

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ESA advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere

11 - 16 June 2018

As part of the Earth Observation (EO) Science for Society – Scientific Exploitation element of EOEP-5 program, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere, devoted to train the next generation of scientists and specialists to exploit EO data for science and applications.

Postgraduate-level, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from Europe and Canada interested in applications of remote sensing of the Cryosphere are welcome to apply to the 6-day course, held at University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, from 11 to 16 June 2018.

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11th Coastal Altimetry Workshop

12 - 15 June 2018

The Coastal Altimetry Community invites you to the European Space Agency establishment in Frascati (Italy), ESRIN, for the 11th Edition of the Coastal Altimetry Workshop on 12-15 June 2018, which includes a Coastal Altimetry Training for Early Career Scientists.


The symposium will promote the scientific and operational exploitation of Proba-V data and is open to Proba-V users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries.

Abstract submission deadline: 23 March 2018

Registration deadline: 15 May 2018

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7th International EarthCARE Science Workshop and 1st ESA EarthCARE Validation Workshop

11 - 15 June 2018

The international science community is invited to participate in the EarthCARE Science and Validation Workshop, which is jointly organised by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German EarthCARE Project Office at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the European Space Agency (ESA), in cooperation with our partners, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT).

The workshop - which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 11 to 15 June 2018 - will provide the forum for the discussion of the preparation of the EarthCARE mission exploitation and its product validation.

It combines the Seventh International EarthCARE Science Workshop and the First ESA EarthCARE Validation Workshop, following ESA's Announcement of Opportunity for submitting proposals for the calibration and validation of EarthCARE, to organise the activities of the Principal Investigators. The workshops will be arranged side-by-side in respective morning and evening sessions during the week.

Extended Abstract submission deadline: 30 March 2018 (applies to EarthCARE Science Workshop only)

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Proba-V Symposium 2018

29 - 31 May 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) in cooperation with the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) have organised the second Proba-V Symposium, which will take place in Ostend, Belgium, from 29 to 31 May 2018.

The symposium will promote the scientific and operational exploitation of Proba-V data and is open to Proba-V users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries.

Registration deadline: 29 April 2018

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SeaSAR 2018

07 - 10 May 2018

The European Space Agency is organising the fifth Advances in SAR Oceanography workshop, SeaSAR 2018, which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN from 07 to 10 May 2018.

The workshop is part of the #EOScience4Society – Scientific Exploitation Programme element aimed at exploiting data from ESA and operational EO Missions (e.g. Copernicus Sentinels) for science and application development.

The workshop 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.

Registration deadline: 30 April 2018

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International Review Workshop On Satellite Altimetry Cal/Val activities and applications

23 - 26 April 2018

An International Review Workshop on Satellite Altimetry Cal/Val Activities and Applications is to be held in Chania, Crete, Greece, 23-26 April 2018. It is a Scientific Meeting sponsored by the European Space Agency, EUMETSAT and the IAG/IUGG Commission 2.

The aim is to present the latest research results in the field of satellite altimetry calibration and altimetry applications for monitoring ocean changes and for improving Earth observation in an objective, continuous, homogeneous and reliable manner, free of errors and biases, and tied from one altimetry mission to the next.

The objectives of the workshop is to help support long-term monitoring of climate changes by understanding better environmental changes on the world's oceans, terrestrial surface waters, but also on Arctic and Antarctic polar regions.

The final outcome is to establish and promote a scientific roadmap with procedures, protocols, guidelines, and best practices in an open and transparent way to be followed by any international group working on satellite altimetry to attain SI traceability of their measurements, results and data products.

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