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ESA's dart-like Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) Earth Explorer orbits as close to Earth as possible - just 260 km up - to maximise its sensitivity to variations in Earth's gravity field.

Launched in 2009, GOCE's state-of-the-art gradiometer is mapping Earth's geoid to an unprecedented level of accuracy, opening a window into Earth's interior structure as well as the currents circulating within the depths of it's oceans.

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Swarm Science Meeting and Geodetic Missions Workshop

24 November 2016

The Fourth Swarm Science Meeting and the accompanying Geodetic Missions Workshop are organised at the Park Lodge Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada from 20 to 24 March 2017. This is a reminder for all users interested in participating to the event that the deadline for abstract submission - 04 December 2016 - is approaching fast.

Fourth Swarm science meeting & geodetic missions workshop

26 August 2016

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 from 20 to 24 March 2017 alongside the CryoSat North-American Science Meeting.

Living Planet Symposium Questionnaire

13 May 2016

ESA has created a User Satisfaction Survey which aims to help us to improve the services to all users of ESA Earth Observation, Copernicus Sentinel and Third Party Missions.

More than 600 participants have already provided their feedback during the recent Living Planet Symposium in Prague.

The survey, addressed to both scientific and commercial data users, will remain open until 31 May 2016.

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Searching for underground energy sources from space

27 July 2015

Data from ESA's GOCE gravity satellite are being used to improve models of Earth's geology, indicating the potential locations of subsurface energy sources.

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Join the virtual classroom

04 May 2015

Registration is open for a free online course that provides an introduction to monitoring climate change using satellite Earth observation.

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GOCE helps tap into sustainable energy resources

16 April 2015

Going far above and beyond its original mission objectives, results from the GOCE gravity satellite are now being used to produce maps for geothermal energy development.

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Understanding the 'OC' in GOCE

25 November 2014

A year after the satellite reentered the atmosphere, scientists using data from the GOCE satellite have made a breakthrough in our understanding of ocean currents.

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