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Below you can find upcoming Earth Observation events from around the world. These events examine and discuss the many different aspects and applications of the Earth Observation field.

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2nd Italian Workshop on Radar and Remote Sensing 2018

28 - 29 May 2018

Organisation: GTTI

Location: Pavia, Italy

Workshop registration opens: 02 May 2018

Workshop overview:

The 2nd Italian Workshop on Radar and Remote Sensing, organized by GTTI, the Italian Information and Communication Technology group, will be held at the University of Pavia. The workshop is quite informal, and aims at providing a forum for scientific exchange among the Italian and international community in this area.

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4S Symposium 2018

28 May - 01 Jun 2018

Organisations: ESA and CNES

Location: Sorrento, Italy

Registration deadline: 28 May 2018

Symposium overview:

The history of the 4S goes back to 1992 and has had an ever increasing international participation over the years. The maturity of the event is marked by the close cooperation with two other prominent Small Satellite conferences: The Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation (IAA and DLR) and The Small Satellites Conference (AIAA and USU). The information synergies and idea exchange originating from these close links ensure high standard of contributions and a very wide attendance.

Small satellites beyond boundaries is the special topic of 2018. Any contribution on small satellites for space exploration is warmly welcome. The selected papers will be discussed in a dedicated session on the first day of the event. The programme will also cover technical sessions as: mission and system analysis; applications such as Earth observation, science, telecommunication and navigation; new technologies at system, sub-system and component level. A special session will be dedicated to access to space of Small Satellites, as launchers, platform cross-compatibility.

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Proba-V Symposium 2018

29 - 31 May 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA) and Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO)

Location: Ostend, Belgium

Symposium overview:

The second Proba-V 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. It will cover the following objectives:

  • Provide an overview on current mission status, data quality and Cal/Val results
  • Gather and foster the Proba-V scientific and user community
  • Encourage international collaborations on land, water and cryosphere applications
  • Reinforce Proba-V's role as complement to Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 missions
  • Discuss data harmonization and synergy across sensors
  • Provide a forum to report results of on-going science activities using Proba-V data
  • Promote the use of Proba-V data for downstream operational services
  • Consult scientists to formulate recommendations for products improvements

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EarthCARE Science and Validation Workshop

11 - 15 June 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency

Location: Bonn, Germany

Workshop overview:

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 will provide the forum for the discussion of the preparation of the mission exploitation and its product validation. It combines the Seventh International EarthCARE Science Workshop – following the sixth workshop held in 2014 in Tokyo – 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. The workshops will be arranged side-by-side in respective morning and evening sessions during the identified week.

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Cryosphere Remote Sensing Training Course 2018

11 - 16 June 2018

Organisation: ESA

Location: Svalbard, Norway

Course overview:

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. Participants from all other countries are also welcome to apply, subject to availability of places.

No participation fees will be charged for the training. Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses. The official language of the course is English.

Objectives:

  • To train the next generation of scientists on Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere;
  • To provide an advanced understanding of theoretical principles, processing algorithms, data products and their use in applications;
  • To give hands-on practice with tools and methods for satellite data exploitation as well as fieldwork experience for in-situ cryosphere-related data collection;
  • To provide insights of EO challenges/opportunities within the polar context for further studies.

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11th Coastal Altimetry Workshop

12 - 15 June 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Registration deadline: 15 May 2018

Event overview:

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.

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International Radar Symposium 2018

20 - 22 June 2018

Organisations: German Institute of Navigation (DGON) and the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (FHR)

Location: Bonn, Germany

Symposium overview:

Due to the rapid development of technologies, radar technique is still an expanding technical and economical segment with practical applications both in civil and military areas. The worldwide community of radar researchers and experts is lively and everyone from the radar family is cordially invited to attend the International Radar Symposium 2018 in Bonn, Germany.

The International Radar Symposium aims to provide a forum for both academic and industrial professionals in radar from all over the world and to bring together academicians, researchers, engineers, system analysts, graduate and undergraduate students with government and non-government organisations to share and discuss both theoretical and practical knowledge. We invite everybody to submit outstanding and valuable original research papers and participate in the technical exhibition during the conference.

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

26 - 28 June 2018

Organisation: International Surface Working Group (ISWG) and

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Workshop overview:

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.

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 (deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2018).

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EO4Alps - The Alps from space workshop

27 - 29 June 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Innsbruck, Austria

Event overview:

The European Space Agency is organising the 'EO4Alps' The Alps from Space Workshop, which will take place from 27 to 29 June 2018 at the Villa Blanka Conference Center, in Innsbruck, Austria.

The focus of this workshop is to assess the opportunities for EO research and development as well as downstream activities that may be the basis for future ESA investments to address some of the key information needs relevant to the Alpine Region. These opportunities will be framed with respect to emerging Earth science, development of novel applications, testing innovative information services and implementing required upgrades to capabilities to manage and manipulate large data volumes.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  1. To assess the status and priority interests in the European Alpine Region for Earth Science, geo-information and operational monitoring
  2. Review the main activities, projects and initiatives taking place in the different Alpine application areas, where Earth observation from space can contribute
  3. Evaluate the potential of the increasing observation capacity by satellites to address needs for science, applications and information services in the European Alpine region
  4. Characterise and address data collection and analysis gaps and define high-level requirements for supporting ICT solutions to advance EO data infrastructure capabilities in the Alpine region

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1st International SORBETTO Summer School

02 - 06 July 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Rome, Italy

Application deadline: 27 May 2018

Conference overview:

ESA through its Earth Observation ground segment team responsible for the Sensor Performance and Product Algorithm (SPPA) is co-sponsoring, together with the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Research Council of Italy (ISAC-CNR) and the University Sapienza of Rome, the 1st international summer school-conference: "SORBETTO: SOlar Radiation Based Established Techniques for aTmospheric Observations".

The school will be held in Rome from 02 to 06 July 2018 and is open to researchers, young or not, PhD students and workers involved in this type of atmospheric observations.


Main topics in agenda will be:

  • Radiometry (theory, networks, calibration)
  • Photometry (theory, networks, calibration)
  • Inter-comparison campaigns
  • Spectrometry (theory, networks, calibration)
  • Calibration and Validation of satellite missions
  • Laboratories

The school, open to a maximum number of 40 participants, will include theoretic lessons and laboratory activities held by international teachers from leading Universities and Research Centers in Europe and Asia. Attendance to the school-conference is free of charge.

For further information as well as to submit requests for participation, see ISAC-CNR website. For any request, please contact: sorbetto2018@artov.isac.cnr.it

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38th Annual EARSeL Symposium

09 - 12 July 2018

Organisation: European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)

Location: Chania, Greece

Symposium overview:

Climate change, over population, over exploitation of natural resources, all put pressure on the sustainability of most human activities. Many believe that we must drastically change our ways, in order to adapt to the new circumstances. In order to decide on what is required to change, we must investigate the possibilities and to do so, we require data and information. So how can remote sensing methods help fill this gap and lead us to sustainability?

The symposium offers the opportunity to EARSeL and non-EARSeL members to interact and present preliminary research between the dedicated Special Interest Groups (SIG) workshops that are organised every two years. It is a great opportunity for all interested parties to expose their research to an international scientific community. The topics addressed in each annual symposium are related to the EARSeL's Special Interest Groups, as well as contemporary topics of high interest. Submissions and presentations should be focusing on one or more of those topics, as sessions will be mostly organised according to those topics.

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42nd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)

14 - 22 July 2018

Host Organisation: Caltech, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Location: Pasadena, California, United States of America

Contact: COSPAR Secretariat - cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr

Event Overview:

COSPAR 2018 takes place on COSPAR's 60th anniversary, and the symposium consists of approximately 125 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and Panels, some of which include:

  • SC A: The Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate
  • SC C: The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
  • Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
  • Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB)
  • Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS)
  • Panel on Radiation Belt Environment Modelling (PRBEM)
  • Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
  • Panel on Education (PE)
  • Special events: interdisciplinary lectures, round table, etc.

Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research and Life Sciences in Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines open to all submissions in relevant fields.

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IGARSS 2018

23 - 27 July 2018

Organisation: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

Location: Valencia, Spain

Symposium overview:

On behalf of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society and the Organizing Committee, you are invited to participate in the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2018, the 38th annual symposium of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). The symposium will be held in Valencia, Spain, between the 23 - 27 July 2018.

The theme for IGARSS 2018 highlights the pressing demands for "Observing, Understanding And Forecasting The Dynamics Of Our Planet".

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EO Summer School 2018

30 July - 10 August 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

European Space Agency (ESA) organises a series of summer schools on Monitoring of the Earth System to promote the exploitation of Earth Observation (EO) data across disciplines, with a specific focus on their assimilation into Earth System models.

The two-week course, held in ESA/ESRIN(near Rome, Italy), aims to provide students with an integrated end-to-end perspective going from measurement techniques to end-user applications. Courses include lectures covering issues related to Remote Sensing, Earth System Modelling and Data Assimilation as well as hands-on computing exercises on the processing of EO data. Keynote lectures on global change issues are also given to discuss the current state of the science of global change and its relationship to society in order to help students appreciate how their specific field fits into a broader scientific and political context. For more information, please see previous programme, news or video.

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8th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing

10 - 14 September 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: University of Leicester, United Kingdom

Application submission deadline: 08 June 2018

Event overview:

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing dedicated to training the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from EO missions (e.g. the Copernicus Sentinels) for science and applications development.

Post graduate, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada are invited to apply to the 5-day course. Research scientists and students from all other countries are also welcome to apply, subject to availability of spaces.

 

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Urban Remote Sensing - Challenges & Solutions

24 - 26 September 2018

Organisation: EARSel

Location: Bochum, Germany

Workshop overview:

The Department of Geography, Ruhr-University of Bochum, are hosting a joint workshop of the Special Interest Groups:

  • Urban Remote Sensing
  • 3D Remote Sensing
  • Developing Countries
  • Radar Remote Sensing

Some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Change detection techniques for urban areas
  • Multitemporal analysis of urban areas
  • Feature extraction strategies
  • Extraction of urban areas
  • Extraction of Buildings
  • Mapping of road networks
  • Urban heat island studies
  • Data fusion for urban applications
  • Modelling of urban growth
  • Analysis of geohazards in urban areas

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25 years of progress in radar altimetry symposium

24 - 29 September 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA) and Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Location: Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Registration deadline: 31 July 2018

Symposium Overview:

This special symposium has been organised to mark the 25th anniversary of the first supply of ERS-1 and TOPEX/Poseidon data. The event will be sponsored by other partner agencies and organisations supporting the development of altimetry. Along with this 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, as well as other thematic workshops still to be organised; potential topics are Sea Level Budget Closure for Climate, Coastal Zone, Space for Hydrology, Argo, GODAE OceanView, Operational Oceanography, etc.

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ICSO 2018

09 - 12 October 2018

Organisations: ESA and CNES

Location: Chania, Greece

Conference overview:

International Conference on Space Optics (ICSO) 2018 is the 12th edition of the largest meeting worldwide of experts working in all disciplines of Optical, Optoelectronic and Photonic Technologies for Space Applications.

The purpose of ICSO is to bring together the Space Optics Community and exchange information and ideas on the research, development, qualification and flight experience of using optical technologies for space missions. Technology experts meet Mission experts to address the lessons learnt from past developments and identify the next significant developments in employing light-wave technologies and techniques used in all types of Space Missions.

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AARSE 2018 Conference

22 - 26 October 2018

Organisation: African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment

Location: Alexandria, Egypt

Abstract submission deadline extended: 01 July 2018

Conference overview:

12th biennial conference of African Association of Remote Sensing and Environment AARSE will be held in Egypt, Alexandria, Arab Academy of Science and Technology.

AARSE is the largest gathering community in remote sensing and geospatial information in Africa. The conference title is Earth Observations and Geospatial Science in service of Sustainable Development Goals.

The conference will gather expert, scientists, professionals from all over the globe to deliberate and present the up-to-date outcomes from remote sensing and geospatial information to achieve the global agenda for sustainable development 2030, particularly for Africa and developing countries.

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Mapping Urban Areas from Space 2018 - MUAS 2018

30 - 31 October 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2018

Event overview:

In the frame of the EO Science for Society Programme Element, the European Space Agency is organising the second conference on Mapping Urban Areas from Space 2018 - MUAS 2018.

The purpose of this conference is to provide scientists and data users with the opportunity to present first-hand and up-to-date results from their on-going research and application development activities by using data from past and current Satellites.

The outcome of this conference will help to further shape the next generation of R&D activities in the frame of ESA Earth Observation Programmes.


The workshop is open to:

  • ESA Principal Investigators
  • Co-investigators
  • Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 users
  • Scientists
  • Students
  • representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industries

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Ocean Salinity Science Conference 2018

02 - 09 November 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA) & CNES

Location: Paris, France

Abstract submission deadline: 06 July 2018

Registration deadline: 15 October 2018

Conference overview:

Jointly organised by ESA and CNES, the 2018 Ocean Salinity Science Conference will take place from 06 to 09 November 2018 at the Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

 

Ocean salinity is a key parameter that links various elements of the water cycle to ocean circulation dynamics and climate. Furthermore, salinity is a key dynamical parameter that influences oceans dynamics. Through the advent of new observing technologies, remote sensing and in situ, salinity research has gained much attention over the recent years, now leading to rapidly growing new insights.

 

The conference intends to bring together communities working on all aspects of ocean salinity investigations, including analyses undertaken from in situ and satellite observations, numerical models, and data assimilation. The conference will review progress and ongoing work, and aims to identify the next frontiers in the fields of ocean salinity science. In particular, it will focus on recent progress in:

  1. Observing ocean salinity
  2. Process-based insights from field observations
  3. Ocean dynamics and salinity assimilation in ocean models
  4. Global freshwater cycle and climate variability
  5. Biogeochemistry
  6. Surface freshwater fluxes, run off, and sea ice.
  7. Challenges and requirements for future salinity observing, remote sensing and in situ.

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ESA Earth Observation Φ-week

12 - 16 November 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Abstract submission deadline extended: 20 May 2018

Event overview:

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.

Hear about the latest trends in EO - The Φ-week will include a variety of events (e.g. inspiring talks, workshops, roundtables, start-up pitch, hackathons) to connect multi-disciplinary communities to:

  • explore together how EO Open Science and innovation can benefit from the latest digital technologies and
  • help shape future EO missions and services.

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