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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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5th International Workshop on Remote Sensing of Vegetation Fluorescence

22 - 24 April 2014

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Paris, France

Abstract submission deadline: 31 October 2013

Paper submission deadline: 01 May 2014

Workshop Overview:

The 5th Workshop on Remote Sensing of Vegetation Fluorescence, which will be held in Paris, France in April 2014, will address the current status of research and understanding of vegetation fluorescence, within the framework of the upcoming selection by ESA of the Earth Explorer 8 mission to go forward in the next mission phase.

This workshop will be an opportunity among various scientific communities to discuss and communicate about new advances in the FLEX mission preparatory activities, as well as generic topics related to vegetation fluorescence and its applications. Among the focus topics to be addressed: instrument development; methods for fluorescence retrieval; techniques for signal analysis; ground and airborne measurement campaigns; fluorescence models at leaf, canopy and TOA levels; model inversions; relationships between fluorescence, physiology, canopy structure and CO2 assimilation; and fluorescence applications in environment monitoring.

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European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014

27 April - 02 May 2014

Organisation: European Geosciences Union (EGU)

Location: Vienna, Austria

Abstract submission deadline: 16 January 2014

Registration deadline: 04 April 2014

Conference Overview:

The EGU General Assembly 2014 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world into one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. Especially for young scientists, it is the aim of the EGU to provide a forum where they can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geosciences.

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10th International Workshop on Greenhouse Gas measurements from space

05 - 07 May 2014

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Noordwijk, the Netherlands

Abstract submission deadline: 01 February 2014

Workshop Overview:

The goal of this workshop is to assess the latest science and technologies of greenhouse gas (GHG) measurements from space. The workshop will address new scientific findings obtained from current and past satellite missions (ENVISAT SCIAMACHY, Aqua AIRS, MeteoSat IASI, GOSAT TANSO-FTS, and Aura TES), as well as the concepts of future satellite missions that are near launch or in preparation (OCO-2, Sentinel-5 precursor, TanSat, OCO-3, MERLIN, GOSAT-2, MicroCarb, Sentinel-5, CarbonSat, ASCENDS, etc.).

The following GHG research topics will be covered in the workshop: satellite missions, retrieval algorithms, data analysis, inverse modelling, ground-based & airborne measurements for validation, mission concepts, and instrument calibration.

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Copernicus - Sentinels Serving Society and the Environment

12 - 13 May 2014

Organisation: European Union / European Space Agency (ESA) / European Commission

Location: Athens, Greece

Conference Overview:

The Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Space Agency, and the European Commission are jointly organising a conference on "Copernicus- Sentinels Serving Society and the Environment", ushering in a new era for the most important Earth Observation Programme to date.

The conference will focus on how geospatial information and services empower public administrations and business to improve public services, to better their relations with the citizens and customers respectively, and to take better informed decisions on future territorial development, with socio-economic and environmental considerations in mind.

Europe's satellite infrastructure Copernicus combines data from Earth Observation satellites and other sources to offer a hub of geospatial information expected to improve knowledge and generate new jobs in Europe's regions and cities.

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Sentinel-2 for Science Workshop

20 - 22 May 2014

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Application submission deadline: 31 January 2014

Workshop Overview:

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) element, is organising an event dedicated to prepare for scientific exploitation of the Sentinel-2 mission, entitled "Sentinel-2 for Science Workshop", which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, between 20-22 May 2014.

The workshop is open to ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-2 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international space agencies and value adding industries.

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Split Remote Sensing Summer School 2014

22 - 23 May 2014

Organisation: G-ECO Research Inc.

Location: Split, Croatia

Registration deadline: 01 April 2014

Course Overview:

The objective of SplitRS 2014 is to promote the state-of-the-art Remote Sensing Technology among young professionals and strengthen young people's professional networking.

This intensive and advanced, 2-day learning event, presents best insights into most recent techniques learned from top international professors and researchers. Participants will learn about different remote sensing applications using both passive and active sensors. Learning about information extraction techniques will be an integral part of the school program in 2014.

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Third International Workshop on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications

11 - 14 June 2014

Organisation: Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Central South University, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Indiana State University

Location: Changsha, China

Abstract submission deadline: 20 January 2014

Registration deadline: 15 March 2014

Workshop Overview:

The intent for organising an International Workshop on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications are three-fold: (1) To build a platform for academic exchanges among researchers from within- and outside-China with interests in Earth observation technologies and remote sensing applications; (2) To promote researches on remote sensing and other geospatial technologies in China and Asia; and (3) To provide an opportunity for discussing potential international collaboration and cooperation activities for researchers with similar interests.

The overall theme of the third workshop is: Global Change and Sustainable Development: A Remote Sensing Perspective.

Other themes include: Remote sensing of forests and ecosystems, Land use and land cover change, Urban remote sensing and sustainable development, Remote sensing of coastal areas and wetlands, Remote sensing of air and water quality, Technologies and methods for monitoring subsidence of earth surface, New data and sensors, algorithms and techniques for detection, interpretation, characterisation, and modelling of the Earth surface features.

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34th EARSeL Symposium

16 - 20 June 2014

Organisation: European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Abstract submission deadline: 28 February 2014

Symposium Overview:

EARSeL is a scientific network of European remote sensing laboratories, coming from both academia and commercial/industrial sector, which covers all fields of geoinformation and Earth observation through remote sensing. All scientists, professionals and researchers involved or interested in the field of the symposium are strongly encouraged to present papers according to the following topics:

  • Scientific applications of remote sensing, emerging methods and technologies
  • Education and training in school, university, and public life
  • Capacity building at organisations and authorities involved in environmental monitoring and protection
  • Activities dealing with natural and cultural heritage
  • Remote sensing for archaeology
  • Land use and land cover, degradation and desertification
  • Urban remote sensing
  • Oceans, coastal zones and inland waters
  • Natural and man-made disasters
  • Forestry and forest fires
  • Applications related to assist developing countries: mapping, monitoring and change analysis
  • Remote sensing and its associated support to the understanding of climate change
  • Hydrological applications: water management, underground water sources, land ice and snow
  • 3D remote sensing, Radar, Lidar, Thermal Remote Sensing
  • New instruments and methods, including ground truth

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4th International Conference on Flood Recovery, Innovation and Response (FRIAR)

18 - 20 June 2014

Organisation: Wessex Institute

Location: Poznan, Poland

Conference Overview:

FRIAR 2014 is the fourth Conference of this successful series. When flooding occurs in populated areas, it can cause substantial damage to property as well as threatening human life. In addition, many more people must endure the homelessness, upset and disruption that are left in the wake of floods. The increased frequency of flooding in the last few years, coupled with climate change predictions and urban development, suggest that these statistics are set to worsen in the future. How we respond and adapt to these challenges is key to developing our long term resilience at the property, community and city scale.

The conference provides a forum for researchers, academics and practitioners actively involved in improving our understanding of flood events and our approaches to response, recovery and resilience. The meeting will bring together social scientists, surveyors, engineers, scientists, and other professionals from many countries involved in research and development activities in a wide range of technical and management topics related to flooding and its impacts on communities, property and people.

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SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014

22 - 27 June 2014

Organisation: SPIE

Contact for information: customerservice@spie.org - +1 360 676 3290

P.O. Box 10, Bellingham, WA 98227, United States

Location: Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Registration dates: Open: March 2014 - Closed: June 2014

Submission deadlines: Abstracts: 09 December 2013 - MSS: 26 May 2014

Exhibition Overview:

Exhibit your technology at the most prestigious gathering of astronomical instrumentation experts in the world. Reach the most important customers working to enable the discovery of the nature and origin of the Universe at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation. Access buyers from the leading prime contractors, suppliers, universities, and government labs - they are onsite to see latest products. Exhibit your latest technologies focused on:

  • Devices and components for large ground-based telescopes
  • Ground instruments
  • Astronomy information technologies
  • Space telescopes and instruments
  • Detectors
  • Specialised optics materials and systems

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GI Forum 2014

01 - 04 July 2014

Organisation: University of Salzburg

Contact: office@gi-forum.org

Location: Salzburg, Austria

Submission deadline: 01 February 2014

Symposium Overview:

The GI_Forum 2014 provides a platform for dialogue among technologists and critical thinkers, GIScientists and educationalists in an ongoing effort to support the creation of an informed GISociety. A variety of presentations, workshops and exhibitions will concentrate on innovations in technologies, science and education in the spatial domain and their possible contribution to a more just, ethical and sustainable society.

Prominent keynote speakers will highlight new developments, offer insights into trends and visions, and at the same time be available for our Young Researchers' Corner for more individualised interaction with young researchers.

GI_Forum runs concurrently with the highly regarded German language conference on Applied Geoinformatics - AGIT. The two symposia share some 1200 participants, the innovative AGIT EXPO exhibit and stimulating social events.

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Air Pollution 2014

07 - 09 July 2014

Organisation: Wessex Institute of Technology

Location: Opatija, Croatia

Conference Overview:

The 22nd International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution, builds upon the prestigious outcomes of the 21 preceding meetings beginning in Monterrey, Mexico in 1993.

Air pollution is one of the most challenging problems facing the international community; it is widespread and growing in importance, and has clear and known impacts on health and the environment. The human need for transport, manufactured goods and services results in impacts on the atmospheric environment from a local to global scale. The rate of development of the global economy brings new pressures and the willingness of governments to regulate air pollution is often balanced by concerns over the economic impact of such regulation. Science is the key to identifying the nature and scale of air pollution impacts and is essential in the formulation of policies for regulatory decision-making.

The goal of this conference is to bring together researchers who are active in the study of air contaminants and to exchange information through the presentation and discussion of papers dealing with the wide variety of topics listed. Case studies papers are encouraged as well as papers of a more theoretical nature, dealing with advanced mathematical and computational methods.

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European Summer School on Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change

06 - 12 July 2014

Organisation: EAERE, FEEM, VIU

Location: Venice, Italy

Conference Overview:

The topic covered by the 2014 Summer School is The Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change. There is no doubt that both adaptation and mitigation will be necessary to reduce the impact of anthropogenic global warming on the economy. The objective of the School is to provide tools and methods to understand how economists frame the problem of adaptation to climate change. The lectures will start with an introduction to the theory of adaptation to climate change and will then focus on specific sectors or impacts - tropical cyclones, agriculture, forestry and ecosystems, water. Two final lectures will introduce the use of integrated assessment modelling tools to study optimal adaptation to climate change.

The Summer School is aimed at Ph.D. students that are already writing a thesis on the economics of adaptation to climate change and want to engage into a highly interactive exchange with experts in the field. Students will be asked to present an advanced version of their research work and will receive valuable feedback from fellow students and from the School professors. Students will also be assigned a tutor that will provide individual feedback during consultation time.

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IGARSS 2014

13 - 18 July 2014

Organisation: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

Location: Québec, Canada

Abstract submission deadline: 13 January 2014

Registration deadline: 30 May 2014

Symposium Overview:

The IGARSS 2014 Local Organizing Committee invites interested parties to IGARSS 2014, to be held in beautiful and historic Québec City from 13-18 July 2014. The symposium is being held in conjunction with the 35th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing.

The development of new and renewable sources of energy in the context of a changing planet is a critical and important issue throughout the world. IGARSS 2014 and the 35th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing (CSRS) will include keynote speakers and include special sessions dedicated to the "Energy" theme.

In addition to a host of well established session themes, IGARSS 2014/35th CSRS topics will also include Earth observation for Arctic research, Earth observation for renewable energy, energy budgets and modelling, future satellite programs, global environmental change, international co­operation (including the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites - CEOS; Global Earth Observation System of Systems - GEOSS), new remote sensing technologies, security and defence, sustainable development, and more. A Summer School will be held the week before the symposium.

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Joint COSPAR and WMO Capacity Building Workshop

20 July - 01 August 2014

Organisation: Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)/ World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Location: Tver City, Russia

Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2014

Workshop Overview:

The Joint COSPAR and WMO Capacity Building Workshop (CBW) aims at holding a cooperative training course on satellite remote sensing and climate change in Tver State University (TSU, Tver, Russia) by combining two training events for students and young scientists jointly organised by COSPAR and WMO.

This CBW will introduce young scientists and students to satellite remote sensing of the land, ocean, inland seas, lakes, water reservoirs and rivers. CBW will provide them with the training in the use of satellite data bases, software, and data processing. Of course CBW participants will be given the opportunity to attend the COSPAR Assembly in Moscow. Note that this conjunction of a CBW and a COSPAR Scientific Assembly has already been experimented successfully in November 2013 with the COSPAR Symposium in Bangkok, preceded by a CBW on atmospheric corrections of remote sensing imagery.

The objective of the present CBW is to provide the participants with basic knowledge on satellite remote sensing, satellites, satellite instruments, data bases and formats, data access, processing software, methods of processing and analysis of satellite data. From the wide spectrum of satellite remote sensing applications we will focus on water resources and water cycle on the globe. This will include examination of the ocean/sea/lake/river levels, ice and snow cover, vegetation, soil moisture, atmospheric state, and ecosystems in different parts of the world. The CBW will show how satellite remote sensing data may be used for investigation of global and regional climate change and its consequences.

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COSPAR 2014

02 - 10 August 2014

Contact: COSPAR Secretariat c/o CNES - cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr

Location: Moscow, Russia

Conference Overview:

The 40th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and Associated Events will take place in Moscow, Russia, and the Assembly is open to all bona fide scientists.

Topics

Approximately 120 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and Panels:

  • SC A: The Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate
  • SC B: The Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar System
  • SC C: The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
  • SC D: Space Plasmas in the Solar System, Including Planetary Magnetospheres
  • SC E: Research in Astrophysics from Space
  • SC F: Life Sciences as Related to Space
  • SC G: Materials Sciences in Space
  • SC H: Fundamental Physics in Space
  • 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 Space Weather (PSW)
  • Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP)
  • Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
  • Panel on Education (PE)
  • Panel on Exploration (PEX)
  • Special events: interdisciplinary lectures, round table, etc.

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Earth Observation Summer School 2014

04 - 14 August 2014

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Application submission deadline: 01 April 2014

Course Overview:

The 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 next two-week course 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.

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SPIE Optics and Photonics 2014

17 - 21 August 2014

Organisation: SPIE

Contact for information: customerservice@spie.org - +1 360 676 3290

P.O. Box 10, Bellingham, WA 98227, United States

Location: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA

Registration dates: Open: April 2014 - Closed: 08 August 2014

Submission deadlines: Abstracts: 03 February 2014 - MSS: 02 June 2014

Exhibition Overview:

Optics and photonics are enabling technologies that are part of our daily lives - from energy efficiency to healthcare. Advancements in these areas will help us to better respond to social and environmental challenges of our future. It's these advancements that will be highlighted at the SPIE Optics + Photonics conference this August in San Diego, California.

Long a core optical engineering meeting, SPIE Optics + Photonics is quickly growing in the areas of clean-energy and nanotechnology research. With more than 3,100 technical presentations, 50 courses, 4,500 attendees, and 180 exhibiting companies, SPIE Optics + Photonics offers you both classic and cutting-edge optics and photonics research, training, and product information. Join your peers at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2013 - and get the kind of technical information, professional training, hardware and market intelligence that is key to success in today's changing job and technology landscape. SPIE Optics + Photonics is the largest international, multidisciplinary optical sciences and technology meeting in North America. With four symposia, find the latest research in these four areas: NanoScience + Engineering, Solar Energy + Applications, Organic Photonics + Electronics, and Optical Engineering + Applications.

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White Sea Student Workshop on optics of coastal waters

30 August - 07 September 2014

Organisation: Lomonsov Moscow State University / European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)

Location: Primorskiy, Russia

Registration deadline: 31 May 2014

Contribution submission deadline: 30 June 2014

Workshop Overview:

The White Sea Student Workshop on Optics of Coastal Waters will be a 5-day education and training event. It will address the principles, methods and results of optical analysis of environmental parameters using modern instruments in tutorials and field excursions. Findings will be evaluated in the context of hydrographic processes and ecosystem variables. The relevance of oceans and coastal zones for the daily weather and for the regional and global climate will be outlined.

The Workshop is intended for master and PhD students dealing with biological and physical oceanography and environmental sciences. It will offer students the opportunity to meet international researchers and to gain first-hand experience in marine optics and optical remote sensing in plenary sessions, individual study groups, and experiments in the laboratory and in the field. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their projects in oral or poster presentations.

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Geomapplica

08 - 11 September 2014

Organisation: University of Thessaly

Location: Skiathos Island, Greece

Abstract submission deadline: 20 March 2014

Conference Overview:

The 1st International Geomatics Applications "GEOMAPPLICA" Conference is an international event aiming at presenting ongoing research activities and advances at the various applications of Geomatics. Earth sciences focuses on real word problems, not only of individuals or working groups from the public or private sector, but also from organisations, research institutes and universities around the world. The use of Geospatial Data is the rising force to the various applications of Geomatics, covering sciences spanning from conventional Surveying to Global Mapping Systems, Aerial Photography to High Resolution Satellite Imagery Processing and Spatial Data Analysis to Geospatial Programming.

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5th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing

08 - 12 September 2014

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Valencia, Spain

Application submission deadline: 07 May 2014

Course Overview:

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) organises each year an advanced Land Training Course devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO Missions for science and applications development.

Post graduate, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada interested in Land Remote Sensing and its applications are invited to apply the 5 day course on the subject, which will be held at the University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain on 8-12 September 2014.

Research scientists and students from all other countries are also welcome to apply and participate to the course subject to space availability.

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6th Summit on Earth Observation Business

11 - 12 September 2014

Organisation: Euroconsult

Location: Westin Hotel, Paris, France

Symposium Overview:

The sixth edition of the Summit on Earth Observation Business, a unique event bringing together over 250 top-level EO community representatives from the entire EO value chain, will take place on 11-12 September 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Paris.

This event, organised as part of the World Satellite Business Week, offers participants a valuable opportunity to discuss current and future trends, challenges and opportunities occurring in the Earth observation sector and to network and strike business deals.


To consult the full program or to register, visit the event website.

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4th Pavia Summer School on Data Fusion in Aerospace

15 September 2014

Organisation: University of Pavia

Location: Pavia, Italy

Course Overview:

The Pavia 2014 International Summer School on "Data Fusion of Risk-related Remotely Sensed and Geospatial Data", is the fourth in a series of International Summer Schools on Data Fusion held in Pavia in September, following the first edition in 2011 on "Data Fusion and High Performance Computing", the second one in 2012 on "Data Fusion and Target Detection", and third one in 2013 on "Data Fusion of Synthetic Aperture Radar Data" which were very successful and appreciated.

The new edition aims at providing to interested students the basic knowledge of:

  • problems related to mapping time-dependent hazard and vulnerability of seismic and landslide areas
  • newly developed open-source tools to address the above issues by exploiting Earth Observation (EO) data
  • QGIS as an effective open-source environment for research and operational use of those tools

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Workshop on novel mission concepts for snow and Cryosphere research

16 - 17 September 2014

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Abstract submission deadline: 01 May 2014

Location: Noordwijk, the Netherlands

Workshop Overview:

Earth Observation has demonstrated that it is a suitable technology to support Cryosphere research and applications, providing unique information to advance the scientific understanding of cryospheric processes and their link to climate change.

ESA, through the results of ERS-1, ERS-2, Envisat and CryoSat, has contributed significantly to this understanding. In the future, the Sentinel series will maintain this contribution providing continuous and long-term data streams to address numerous scientific and operational aspects on Cryosphere research and applications.

A significant amount of data have been also collected through different targeted ESA campaigns providing a unique set of new airborne observations and in-situ data that support the scientific community to further advance in the development and consolidation of novel observational principles and retrieval techniques. These data represent an additional opportunity to explore and advance in the definition of novel mission concepts for the Cryosphere with a special emphasis on snow.

By reviewing recent field campaign based on ground, airborne and satellite observations the workshop will provide a state-of-the-art overview of techniques to observe snow properties by taking snow in other cryosphere disciplines into account.

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EarthCARE Workshop 2014

17 - 19 September 2014

Organisation: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Tokuo, Japan

Registration deadline: 31 May 2014

Workshop Overview:

The workshop shall provide a forum for the science communities interested in EarthCARE or in the observation of cloud, aerosol and radiation from space or ground, as well as for the climate modelling communities, in order to drive the preparation for the scientific exploitation of EarthCARE.

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EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference

22 - 26 September 2014

Organisation: European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Abstract submission deadline: 17 January 2014

Conference Overview:

The 2014 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference will take place in the beautiful lakeside city of Geneva, Switzerland. Situated where the Rhone exits Lake Geneva, Geneva is a global city, a financial centre, and worldwide centre for diplomacy thanks to the presence of numerous international organisations.

EUMETSAT will be joined in the organisation and hosting of the event by MeteoSwiss, the national provider for weather and climate services in Switzerland.

Traditionally EUMETSAT aims to give special emphasis to one of the many topical themes challenging meteorologists the world over. In 2014, the focus of the conference will be the use of satellite data for forecasting and in studying atmospheric processes.

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ICSO 2014

07 - 10 October 2014

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

Location: Tenerife, Spain

Abstract submission deadline: 01 May 2014

Registration deadline: 15 August 2014

Conference Overview:

The purpose of ICSO (International Conference on Space Optics) 2014 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 lightwave technologies and techniques used in all types of Space Missions.

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Climate Research and Earth Observations from space: Climate information for decision making

13 - 17 October 2014

Organisation: EUMETSAT

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Symposium Overview:

The main goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for discussing the current state of climate science and climate observations in order to evaluate recent achievements, ascertain critical objectives to be achieved with satellite-based climate information, and identify gaps in the current space-based climate observing system.

A major topic that will be discussed is the proposed Architecture for sustained Climate Monitoring from Space that has been developed under the auspices of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), the Coordination Group of Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) and WMO. Beyond the monitoring of the current state of the Climate System, the conference will also consider how Earth observation contributes to future developments in climate prediction and climate change projection.

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8th Coastal Altimetry Workshop

23 - 24 October 2014

Organisation: Coastal Altimetry Community

Location: Konstanz, Germany

Abstract submission deadline: 20 June 2014

Registration deadline: 01 August 2014

Workshop Overview:

The Coastal Altimetry Community, that is the international community of scientists working on development and applications of altimetry in the coastal zone, invites interested scientists to the university city of Konstanz, on the German shore of Lake Constance, for the 8th Coastal Altimetry Workshop on 23-24 October 2014.

Coastal altimetry has become a recognised mission target for present and future satellite altimeters, also thanks to the successful results from SAR and Ka-band altimetry. This Workshop aims at being once again a lively forum for a community-led review of the science and applications of coastal altimetry, from data processing through emerging applications to new technologies.

The workshop will be held just before the SARAL/AltiKa Workshop and the Ocean Surface Topography Science Team (OSTST) meeting, both also taking place in Konstanz on the following week, so that delegates can conveniently attend all these related events.

 

A SAR Altimetry Training Course will also be organised on 21-22 October 2014.

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10th International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment

27 - 31 October 2014

Organisation: African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE)

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Registration deadline: 15 September 2014

Abstract submission deadline: 30 April 2014

Conference Overview:

This will be the 10th biennial AARSE conference and will continue the excellent tradition of gathering world-class scientists, engineers and educators engaged in the fields of remote sensing and environment. AARSE believe that the scientific themes of this event, focusing on the characterisation of dynamic Earth processes, assimilation, today's and upcoming satellite missions and integrated Earth observing systems will allow the formation of a most interesting technical program.

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Earth Observation for Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions Science

28 - 31 October 2014

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA) / SOLAR

Location: Frascati, Italy

Abstract submission deadline: 16 May 2014

Registration deadline: September 2014

Conference Overview:

The purpose of this second topical conference organised jointly by ESA and SOLAS is:

  • to advance the knowledge on the use of EO technology to support ocean-atmosphere interactions science with a main focus on the 8 science themes identified by SOLAS for the next decade
  • to accelerate the development of robust global geo-information data products to better characterise and model the sea-surface, the atmosphere and the biochemical and physical processes governing their interactions
  • to consolidate a scientific roadmap to advance in the development and exploitation of novel and robust observations in support to the international scientific efforts of the SOLAS community, in line with the new SOLAS scientific strategy

In this context, this conference aims at bringing together the EO and SOLAS communities, as well as scientific institutions and space agencies involved in the observation, characterisation and forecasting of ocean-atmosphere interactions and their impacts. In particular, the event represents a unique opportunity to facilitate the communications and scientific exchanges among these different communities in order to enhance the coordination of specific scientific efforts and advocate for a common view of major scientific needs and priority areas for the future.

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ARSI and KEO 2014

04 - 07 November 2014

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Noordwijk, the Netherlands

Abstract submission deadline: 23 June 2014

Workshop Overview:

The "Advanced RF Sensors and Remote Sensing Instruments" (ARSI '14) workshop is 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.

In addition this year, ARSI'14 is organised jointly with the second edition of the "Ka-band Earth Observation Radar Missions" (KEO'14), considering the interest showed in the first edition in Nov. 2012. This workshop has a similar character to ARSI but concentrates entirely on all aspects relating to Ka-band Earth Observation instruments.

The objectives of the two combined workshops 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.

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Digital Earth Summit 2014

09 - 11 November 2014

Organisation: Chubu University

Location: Nagoya, Japan

Abstract submission deadline: 09 May 2014

Registration deadline: 09 September 2014

Conference Overview:

This planned Digital Earth Summit will focus on how Digital Earth technology and activities has contributed or will contribute to ESD (Education for Sustainable Development). Digital Earth technology is one of the key technologies to support ESD by visualising the complicated earth system, social system, not only for the current situation but from past to future.

Digital Earth is a global initiative to construct a comprehensive virtual representation of the planet. It is a collaborative effort between Earth sciences, space sciences and information sciences to monitor and forecast natural and human phenomena.

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Understanding the Carbon and Water Cycles using SMOS data and models

13 - 14 November 2014

Organisation: CESBIO / European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Toulouse, France

Abstract submission deadline: 04 July 2014

Registration deadline: 19 September 2014

Workshop Overview:

This workshop aims to bring together the EO, SMOS, Earth system science and modelling communities involved in the observation, characterisation and forecasting of land surface processes and their impacts. In particular, the event represents a unique opportunity to facilitate the communications and scientific exchanges among these different communities in order to enhance the coordination of specific scientific efforts and advocate for a common view of major scientific needs and priority areas for the future.

The outcome of this workshop will include recommendations to further advance (1) the development and validation of novel SMOS products and observations (also in synergy with other EO datasets), (2) the development of novel applications and science results that may exploit the full capacity of SMOS in the context of key land processes and their impacts on climate (3) the effective assimilation of SMOS observations and products into advanced model / data assimilation systems/approaches and (4) the formulation of a research agenda that may guide ESA and other institutions to initiate dedicated future activities.

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Ocean Salinity Science and Salinity Remote Sensing Workshop

26 - 28 November 2014

Organisation: Met Office / European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Exeter, United Kingdom

Abstract submission deadline: 30 June 2014

Registration deadline: 01 October 2014

Workshop Overview:

The Ocean Salinity Science and Salinity Remote Sensing Workshop is an open meeting to review progress and future priorities for measuring ocean salinity.

The workshop objectives are to:

  • Review the progress in our understanding of ocean salinity and associated processes
  • Present the status of satellite remote sensing of sea surface salinity and its contribution to ocean science
  • Explore techniques and challenges associated with the use of salinity data in ocean models
  • Identify the most promising future applications for satellite-derived estimates of sea surface salinity
  • Review user requirements for future satellite-derived estimates of sea surface salinity
  • Prioritise future activities for ocean salinity science

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POLinSAR 2015 and 1st BIOMASS Science Workshop

26 - 30 January 2015

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Abstract submission opens: 02 June 2014

Abstract submission deadline: 30 September 2014

Workshop Overview:

The 7th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry (POLinSAR 2015) is being jointly organised with the 1st BIOMASS Science Workshop. The dates of the two workshops are as follows:

  • POLinSAR 2015: 26-30 January 2015
  • 1st BIOMASS Science workshop: 27-30 January 2015

The workshops are open to:

  • ESA Principal Investigators, scientists and students working in the field of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry
  • BIOMASS Science, international forest network, UNFCCC REDD, carbon modelling communities
  • Users of data from future SAR missions like SENTINEL-1, BIOMASS, ALOS 2, RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), NOVASAR-S, SAOCOM
  • ESA/CSA SOAR EU PIs
  • Representatives from National, European and International space and value adding industry

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2nd SMOS Science Conference

25 - 29 May 2015

Organisation: ESA, CNES, SMOS-MODE

Location: Madrid, Spain

Abstract submission deadline: 16 January 2015

Registration deadline: 27 March 2015

Conference Overview:

By 2015, ESA's SMOS mission will have been in orbit for more than five years, providing a continuous stream of high quality data products. Being ESA's water cycle mission, SMOS observations have been used by rather distinct science communities addressing oceanography, land surface hydrology, and meteorology over a wide range of applications.

The focus of this conference will deviate from previous events in that the emphasis will be on applications of SMOS data, including operational services, the development of novel data products, the synergistic use of SMOS data with other data sources and the potential of SMOS data for the generation of long-term data sets. The workshop will also cover common themes such as the quality of the Level 1 data products and calibration and validation activities.

 

The 2nd SMOS science conference will be preceded by a SMOS training course, organised by CESBIO and held at the ESA-ESAC premises near Madrid from 18-22 May 2015. The course will provide an opportunity to learn how to work with level 1 (brightness temperature) and level 2 (soil moisture and ocean salinity) data provided by ESA's SMOS mission.

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