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World Ocean Circulation User Consultation Meeting 2019

21 - 22 February 2019

Organisation: ESA

Location: Frascati, Italy

Overview:

A user consultation meeting is planned to take place on 21 and 22 February 2019 at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, to prepare a roadmap for new initiatives on ocean circulation research and applications to be implemented in the ESA EO Science for Society programme element.


The world ocean circulation is the engine allowing energy, heat, momentum, chemicals and floating materials ranging from living resources to marine pollution to be transported over large distance around the Earth. The accurate knowledge of the ocean circulation at all time and space scales is becoming increasingly importance to many scientific, operational and commercial applications.


A large variety of active and passive remote-sensing instruments are in orbit today, which measurements both provide indirect knowledge about ocean surface currents at various spatial and temporal scales, also representing a surface signature of the ocean interior dynamics.


All these data, used in synergy, constitute a wealth of information to advance our understanding and estimation of the upper layer of the World Ocean Circulation.

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Big Data from Space 2019

19 - 21 February 2019

Organisation: European Space Agency, JRC and SatCen

Location: Munich, Germany

Conference overview:

The 2019 Conference on Big Data from Space (BiDS'19) 'Turning Data into Insights', takes place on 19-21 February 2019 in Alte Kongresshalle, Munich, Germany.

The BiDS'19 Conference is co-organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, and the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen).

Big Data from Space refers to the massive spatio-temporal Earth and Space observation data collected by a variety of sensors - ranging from ground based to space-borne - and the synergetic use of data coming from other sources and communities.

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Earth Observations for Agricultural Monitoring

18 - 20 February 2019

Organisation: ISPRS Working Group III/10 / GEOGLAM / Indian Society of Remote Sensing

Location: New Delhi, India

Course Overview: Earth Observation is being increasingly used for operational applications in agriculture. Information derived from remotely sensed data and combined with other information, is being used to support decisions for agricultural development. This increased interest in remote sensing of agriculture has prompted more coordinated efforts, nationally, regionally and globally. To mark 50 years of remote sensing in India and to contribute to this international coordination, an international workshop is planned to review the status of Earth Observation for agricultural monitoring, at global, regional and national levels, and to discuss and propose the future course of action.

The ISPRS WG III/10, GEOGLAM, ISRS Joint International Workshop on "Earth Observations for Agricultural Monitoring upcoming will be held in New Delhi, India from 18 to 20 February 2019.

Conference Topics

  • Retrospective and Prospective of EO Applications in Agriculture (Special Session on 50 years of Remote Sensing Programme in India)
  • Advances in Crop Area Estimation
  • Disasters in Agriculture (Drought, Flood, Pest/Disease, Hailstorm, etc.)
  • Agriculture and Climate
  • Agricultural LCLUC
  • Earth Observations for Crop Risk Assessment
  • EO requirements for Agriculture
  • Yield Estimation: Global, Regional & Local Scale
  • Agro Eco-system , Processes and Modelling.

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HAPS4ESA 2019 - State-of-the-art and future perspective for High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites in Europe

12 - 14 February 2019

Organisation: ESA

Location: Leiden, Netherlands

Overview:

High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) operating for extended periods at an altitude of approximately 20 km complement and extend the capabilities of satellites in the domains of Earth Observation, Telecommunication and Navigation. HAPS, in synergy with satellites, offer unique capabilities for the development of value adding applications and science. With over 200 participants, the HAPS4ESA 2017 workshop was the first meeting in Europe bringing together HAPS system, payload and applications developers, institutional stakeholders, space agencies and scientists.

Building on this success, the European Space Agency is again reaching out to the Earth Observation, Telecommunication and Navigation communities to review the State-of-the-Art and the future perspectives of HAPS in a changing Space 4.0 environment and with a specific focus regarding potential ESA HAPS activities to be decided at the next ESA Council at Ministerial level in 2019 (Space19+).

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11th EARSeL SIG IS Workshop

6 - 8 February 2019

Organisation: EARSeL and CzechGlobe

Location: Brno, Czech Republic

Course Overview: The EARSeL Special Interest Group on Imaging Spectroscopy in the long term encourages international discussion among specialists working with innovative spectral Earth Observation technologies. The SIG IS organizes workshop every two years (the last one was held in Zürich) and with more than 20 years long tradition it is recognized as the leading workshop in this field in Europe, as well as worldwide. It brings together students and professionals from universities, research organizations and private companies to present, exchange and discuss new ideas and research achievements related to all aspects of imaging spectroscopy.

These technological and methodological developments are inviting for exchange of new knowledge and fruitful scientific discussions during the upcoming 11th EARSeL SIG IS Workshop held in Brno, Czech Republic from 6 to 8 February 2019.

Conference Topics

  • Advanced methods for spectroscopy data calibration, processing, analyzing and modelling
  • Spectroscopy data fusion and application in Earth sciences
  • Innovative sensing platforms and sensors

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Earth Observations for indigenous-led land management

5 - 19 February 2019

Organisation: NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET), Conservation International (CI) and the AmeriGEOSS program of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

Location: Online training/webinar

Course Overview:

Indigenous territories are threatened by fires, illegal logging, mining, and other external land use activities. The sustainable management of such land, most effectively stewarded by indigenous peoples, is critical for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, increasing resilience to climate change, conserving biodiversity, and protecting the heritage of indigenous cultures.

Earth Observations for Indigenous-led Land Management (EO4IM) is a NASA-funded project implemented by a team from Conservation International (CI) and is aligned with the AmeriGEOSS program of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Dedicated Grant Mechanism (DGM) for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. The project's objective is to strengthen the technical capacities of indigenous peoples' organizations in the Americas, and globally, through alignment with the DGM.

This introductory webinar series will share lectures, case studies, and demonstrations with representatives of indigenous peoples' organisations and will focus on how Earth observations (EO) data and tools can provide spatial information for forest monitoring, mapping, and responding to ecosystem threats. This series will help attendees strengthen their technical capacities to use EO data and tools to enhance their sustainable land management practices.

The course will have weekly, 1.5-hour sessions on 5, 12 and 19 February and will be held in Spanish and English.

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Remote Sensing for Conservation & Biodiversity

22 - 24 January 2019

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Registration closes: 22 January 2019

Webinar overview:

The United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment states: "ecosystems are critical to human well-being - to our health, our prosperity, our security, and to our social and cultural identity." Conservation and biodiversity management play important roles in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Earth observations can help with these efforts. This online webinar series introduces participants to the use of satellite data for conservation and biodiversity applications. The series will highlight specific projects that have successfully used satellite data. Examples include monitoring chimpanzee habitat loss, decreasing whale mortality, detecting penguins, monitoring wildfires, and biodiversity observation networks.

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Session 'The global water cycle' at the AGU Fall Meeting 2018

10 - 14 December 2018

Organisation: AGU

Location: Washington, D.C., USA

Conference overview:

Quite noteworthy for the SMOS User community, the session "The global water cycle: linkages of ocean salinity with the atmosphere and terrestrial hydrology" 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 remote observations from current (e.g., SMAP, SMOS, GRACE, GPM, GCOM-W), past (e.g., Aquarius, TRMM), and future (e.g., SWOT, GRACE-FO) satellite missions, estimates based on numerical models, data assimilation systems, and climate model projections. Particularly welcome are contributions 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.

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ATMOS 2018

26 - 29 November 2018

Organisation: ESA

Location: Salzburg, Austria

Conference overview:

In the context of the EO Science for Society Programme Element, the European Space Agency is organising ATMOS 2018, a conference on the topical theme Atmosphere aimed at exploiting data from ESA and EO Missions for science and application development.

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 ongoing research and application development activities by using data from past and current atmospheric instruments like Sentinel-5P, Aeolus, ERS-2, Envisat, Metop, and ESA Third Party Missions. Another aspect will be on discussing activities regarding future missions.

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

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ESA Earth Observation Φ-week

12 - 16 November 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

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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Ocean Salinity Science Conference 2018

06 - 09 November 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA) & CNES

Location: Paris, France

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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Geo Week 2018

29 October - 02 November 2018

Organisation: Group on Earth Observations

Location: Kyoto, Japan

Workshop overview: Join the GEO community in Kyoto, Japan, for GEO Week 2018 and the GEO-XV Plenary.

This gathering of GEO's 105 Member governments and 126 Participating Organizations will explore efforts and opportunities for the use of Earth observations for the benefit of humankind, focusing on GEO's three priority areas:

  • Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Paris Climate Agreement
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Side events

Those interested in hosting a GEO Week side event can find all relevant information and the application form here.

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Mapping Urban Areas from Space 2018 - MUAS 2018

30 - 31 October 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

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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AARSE 2018 Conference

25 - 29 October 2018

Organisation: African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment

Location: Alexandria, Egypt

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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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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