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Earth Observations for Disaster Risk Assessment & Resilience

6, 8, 13 and 15 August 2019

Organisation: NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET)

Registration deadline: 6 August 2019


According to a UN report, between 1998 and 2017, the U.S. alone lost USD $944.8 billion from disasters. Between 1978 and 2017, losses from extreme weather events rose by 251 percent. It is critical to develop disaster management strategies to reduce and mitigate disaster risks. A major factor in regional risk assessment is the evaluating the vulnerability of lives and property to disasters. Environmental information about disasters, their spatial impact, and their temporal evolution can plan an important role as well.

This webinar series will focus on Earth observation (EO) data useful for disaster risk assessment. The series will cover natural disasters including tropical cyclones, flooding, wildfires, and heat stress. The training will also include access of socio-economic and disaster damage data. Sessions 3 and 4 will cover case studies and operational applications of EO for disaster risk assessment.

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goal: Target 13.1: Strength resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.

Learning objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will:

  • learn about available NASA remote sensing and socio-economic data and how to combine them for assessing risk
  • understand how to apply these data for assessing risk from floods and tropical cyclones in specific regions
  • learn how operational agencies are using NASA data for risk management

Course date range and times: 6, 8, 13 and 15 August 2019, at 10:00-12:00 EDT (UTC-4) and 15:00-17:00 EDT (UTC-4).

Course format: Four, two-hour parts that include lectures, demonstrations, and question and answer sessions; Both Session A & B will be broadcast in English.

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ESA Earth Observation Φ-Week

9 - 13 September 2019

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Abstract deadline: 10 April 2019


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.

Come and hear about the latest trends in EO! The Φ-week will include a variety of events (e.g. inspiring talks, workshops, roundtables, startup pitch, hackathons) to connect multi-disciplinary communities - from EO researchers, data scientists, non-space corporates, tech leaders, entrepreneurs, up to startup and innovators - to (i) explore together how EO Open Science and innovation can benefit from the latest digital technologies and (ii) help shape FutureEO missions and services.

The event will help you to:

  • Gain insight into the latest trends in EO Open Science New Space, and the impact of new technologies such as AI and blockchain on space and FutureEO,
  • Connect and Network with the new ecosystem of space including scientists, innovators, corporate leaders, startups and investors,
  • Discover from keynote speakers about the latest trends in tech and space,
  • Learn about a wide range of topics, ranging from Open EO Science to AI, blockchain, AR/VR, and their applications across industries,
  • Innovate by bringing your idea to the discussion regarding the future evolution of EO.

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4 - 8 November 2019

Organisation: COSPAR

Location: Herzliya, Israel

Abstract submission deadline: 30 April 2019

Course Overview: The 4th COSPAR Symposium 'Small satellites for sustainable Science And Development' will take place between 4-8 November, 2019. A preliminary list of invited speakers has Jack Lissauer from NASA Ames, Alan Stern from SWRI, Jose Sobrano from Valencia, Avi Loeb from Harvard, and Eric Priest from St. Andrews. A more comprehensive list of speakers, as well as the topics of the symposium and a preliminary program, will become available following the Pasadena SA in August 2018.

The topics of the symposium include:

  • Satellite and nanosatellite observations of ground and underground soil
  • Ground water, seas, and oceans
  • Atmosphere and ionosphere
  • Magnetosphere
  • Solar system objects (planets, asteroids, interplanetary space)
  • Extrasolar planets and the interstellar medium
  • The Milky Way and intergalactic space
  • Education for space engineering
  • Space sciences.

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ARSI and KEO Conference

11 - 13 November 2019

Organisation: ESA and ESTEC

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands

Abstract deadline: 24 June 2019


November 2019 will see the sixth edition of the workshop on "Advanced RF Sensors and Remote Sensing Instruments" organised by ESA/ESTEC. As in previous years, the purpose is to bring together experts from industry and research organisations to share and present their latest findings on RF remote sensing technology, processing and systems.

As was the case at the ARSI'17, the main workshop is being extended to cover the related "Ka-band Earth Observation Radar Missions". This workshop has a similar character to ARSI but concentrates entirely on all aspects related to Ka-band Earth Observation instruments.

The objectives of the two combined workshop are to review the state of the art in current and future mission concepts including applications, science objectives, mission design and instrument technology. This includes new ideas for applications enabled by Ka-band SAR and InSAR. Higher frequency bands may also be considered.

The combined event will take place from 11-13 November 2019 at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Industry, researchers and engineers active in the field are cordially invited to participate and to present their latest findings.

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Very High-resolution Radar & Optical Data Assessment workshop

18 - 22 November 2019

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Abstract submission deadline: 20 September 2019

Registration opens: 04 November 2019


The Very High-resolution Radar & Optical Data Assessment (VH-RODA) workshop will be held in Frascati, Italy from 18-22 November 2019. The Workshop, hosted by ESA/ESRIN, will provide an open forum for the presentation and discussion of current status and future developments related to the calibration and validation of space borne very high-resolution SAR and optical sensors and data products.

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15 - 23 August 2020

Organisation: COSPAR

Location: Sydney, Australia

Abstract submission deadline: February 2020

Course Overview: The 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly will take place between 15-23 August, 2020 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. The theme of the 2020 Assembly is Connecting Space Research for Global Impact.

There will be up to 125 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and Panels, including the following topics:

  • The Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate
  • The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
  • Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
  • Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB).

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AGSE 2019

11 - 14 September 2019

The conference will take place September 11 – 14, 2019, at HFT Stuttgart. The event is organized by Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart, Germany, co-organized by the ICA Commission on SDI and Standards and the Laboratory for interoperable, and open-source Geospatial Software, Data and Standards (HFT ICA-OSGeo-Lab).

Due to the developments in the recent years we will focus the following fields:

  • Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and Crowdsourcing,
  • Earth Observation,
  • Geo-portals and Geodata Infrastruktures, collaborative data custodianship.
  • other related topics are welcome also.

The conference will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Master Programme "Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics".

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Advanced Webinar: Remote Sensing for Monitoring Land Degradation and Sustainable Cities SDGs

9 - 16 and 23 July 2019

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by countries to preserve our oceans and forests, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth. The land management SDGs call for consistent tracking of land cover metrics. These metrics include productivity, land cover, soil carbon, urban expansion, and more. This webinar series will highlight a tool that uses NASA Earth Observations to track land degradation and urban development that meet the appropriate SDG targets.


SDGs 11 and 15 relate to sustainable urbanization and land use and cover change. SDG 11 aims to "make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable." SDG 15 aims to "combat desertification, drought, and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation neutral world." To assess progress towards these goals, indicators have been established, many of which can be monitored using remote sensing.


In this training, attendees will learn to use a freely-available QGIS plugin, Trends.Earth, created by Conservation International (CI). Trends.Earth allows users to plot time series of key land change indicators. Attendees will learn to produce maps and figures to support monitoring and reporting on land degradation, improvement, and urbanization for SDG indicators 15.3.1 and 11.3.1. Each part of the webinar series will feature a presentation, hands-on exercise, and time for the speaker to answer live questions.


This training has been developed in partnership with Conservation International.


Learning Objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will:

  • Become familiar with SDG Indicators 15.3.1 and 11.3.1
  • Understand the basics on how to compute sub indicators of SDG 15.3.1 such as: productivity, land cover, and soil carbon
  • Understand how to use the Trends.Earth Urban Mapper web interface

Learn the basics of the Trends.Earth toolkit including:

  • Plotting time series
  • Downloading data
  • Use default or custom data for productivity, land cover, and soil organic carbon
  • Calculate a SDG 15.3.1 spatial layers and summary table
  • Calculate urban change metrics
  • Create urban change summary tables.


Course Dates:  Tuesdays: 9, 16, and 23 July 2019



  • 10:00-11:30 EDT (UTC-4) Presented in English
  • 18:00-19:30 EDT (UTC-4) Presented in Spanish


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Advanced Webinar: SAR for Landcover Applications

28 August - 4 September 2019

This webinar series will build on the knowledge and skills previously developed in ARSET SAR trainings. Presentations and demonstrations will focus on agriculture and flood applications. Participants will learn to characterize floods with Google Earth Engine. Participants will also learn to analyze synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for agricultural applications, including retrieving soil moisture and identifying crop types.

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Target 13.1: Strength resilience & adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture    

Learning Objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • analyze SAR data in Google Earth Engine
  • generate soil moisture analyses
  • identify different types of crops

Course Format: This webinar series will consist of two, two-hour parts. Each part will include a presentation on the theory of the topic followed by a demonstration and exercise for attendees. This training is also available in Spanish. Please visit the Spanish registration page for more information.

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Remote Sensing for Freshwater Habitats

17, 24 September - and 1 October 2019

Organization: NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET)   


Course Dates: September 17, 24, and October 1, 2019.


Times: 10:00-11:00 or 18:00-19:00 EDT (UTC-4)


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Freshwater habitats play an important role in ecological function and biodiversity. Remote sensing of these ecosystems is primarily tied to observations of the drivers of biodiversity and ecosystem health. Remote sensing can be used to understand things like land use and land cover change in a watershed, habitat connectivity along a water body, water body location and extent, and water quality parameters.

This webinar series will guide participants through using NASA Earth observations for habitat monitoring, specifically for freshwater fish and other species. The training will also provide a conceptual overview, as well as the tools and techniques for applying landscape environmental variables to genetic and habitat diversity in species.

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Target 6.6: Strength resilience & adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • Target 14.2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture    

Learning Objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will:

  • understand the limitations of using remote sensing for freshwater habitats
  • find data and models that can be used in their landscape genetics and habitat monitoring work
  • see how remote sensing can be used for habitat restoration, ecological assessments, and climate change assessments relating to freshwater systems
  • be able to use the Riverscape Analysis Project decision support system
  • be familiar with the Freshwater Health Index

Course Format: Three, one-hour parts that include lectures, demonstrations, and question & answer sessions.

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