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15+ great reads for your Earth Day week

21 April 2019

It's that time again to reaquaint yourself with the health and well-being of our planet. We know what you're thinking … but it's not all bad news. NOAA scientists are using their expertise and innovation to help to solve Earth's biggest challenges.

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Notre-Dame de Paris devastation captured by Pléiades

Pléiades acquired this image, on 17 April 2019, after fire destroyed parts of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in France. The 850-year-old Gothic building's roof and steeple has collapsed following the blaze on 15 April 2019.

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Return of GEDI’s first data reveals the third dimension of forests

15 April 2019

NASA's Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) mission launched in December 2018. From its perch aboard the International Space Station, GEDI's powerful lasers create detailed 3D maps of Earth's forests and topography – providing innovative and unique spaceborne observations. In January 2019, GEDI's lasers were turned on for the first time and the instrument is now giving scientists a first glimpse of the insights it will provide in the coming years.

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Greek researchers enlist EU satellite against Aegean sea litter

23 April 2019

Knee-deep in water on a picture-postcard Lesbos island beach, a team of Greek university students gently deposits a wall-sized PVC frame on the surface before divers moor it at sea.

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South Korea To Aid Turkmenistan In Remote Sensing Satellite Development

23 April 2019

South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Turkmenistan last week as part of a tour of Central Asian republics, and pledged South Korean expertise in helping the country to develop its first remote sensing satellite.

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AI for Earth observation and numerical weather prediction

17 April 2019

After substantial investments to build and launch sensors designed to observe the atmosphere, numerical weather and climate prediction have benefited greatly from the assimilation of satellite data. The overall improvement in forecasts include advances in modeling, computer power and observations. Satellite observations have also enabled fantastic advances in situational awareness for forecasters.

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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

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.

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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