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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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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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Advanced Webinar: Techniques for Wildfire Detection and Monitoring

12 - and 19 July 2018

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Course Overview: Certain areas are experiencing longer fire seasons, with more frequent and severe droughts. Wildfire detection, monitoring, and mitigation is increasingly important in these regions. Satellite remote sensing data is useful for identifying active fires, evaluating burned areas, and assessing fire emissions. This advanced training will highlight tools useful for local fire managers. Presentations and exercises will introduce participants to tools to identify active fires, visualise fire emissions, and calculate burn severity.

Sessions will be held on Thursdays, on 12 and 19 July 2018, at 10:00-12:00 and 18:00-20:00 EDT (UTC-4). The session is broadcast twice per day to allow for international participation.

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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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Monitoring Urban Floods Using Remote Sensing

25 July - 01 August 2018

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Registration deadline: 24 July 2018

Course overview:

Urban flooding is already a major risk for cities. Increasing impervious surface area, inadequate storm water drainage, and aging infrastructure all contribute. As a result, growing urban populations will face a greater risk of flooding from extreme weather events. This webinar series will focus on the components of urban flooding that satellite data can track:

  • extreme precipitation
  • flooding
  • waterlogged and ponded surfaces

Using satellite data allows individuals and organizations to develop better plans for handling floods. This can include developing better early warning techniques, better plans for rescue and relief, and more effective long-term infrastructure planning.

There are 2 identical sessions for this course and are provided twice per day to accommodate an International audience at 09:00-11:00 and 18:00-20:00 EDT (UTC-4).

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EO Summer School 2018

30 July - 10 August 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati (near Rome), Italy

Overview:

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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Advanced Webinar: Radar Remote Sensing for Land, Water, & Disaster Applications

07 - 16 August 2018

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Registration deadline: 06 August 2018

Course overview:

A limitation of optical satellite remote sensing is that it depends on cloudless, well-illuminated areas to produce quality data. This is especially problematic for collecting data during nighttime or when there is cloud cover. Radar is an ideal sensor to study the surface of the Earth because of its ability to "see" through clouds regardless of day or night conditions. In addition, the radar signal can penetrate through the vegetation canopy and provide information about conditions underneath, such as flooding. Techniques such as interferometry can track surface deformation on the order centimeters, such as ground movement caused by earthquakes.

This webinar series builds on ARSET's previous webinar: Introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar. The training will focus on different radar approaches and techniques including amplitude, time-series, polarimetry, and interferometry for mapping and monitoring disasters and land cover. Attendees will apply these techniques to map land cover and land use change, deforestation, flooding, crop monitoring, and surface deformation for earthquake monitoring.

One session of this course will be broadcast in Spanish (10:00-12:00 EDT, UTC-4), and one in English 18:00-20:00 EDT (UTC-4).

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UK National Earth Observation Conference 2018

04 - 07 September 2018

Organisation: Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society; the National Centre for Earth Observation and the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation.

Location: Edgbaston, England

 

Event overview:

The  UK National Earth Observation Conference 2018 – hosted by the Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society; the National Centre for Earth Observation and the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation – will take place in the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston from 04 – 07 September 2018

 

The conference will be focused around Earth Observation science, technology and applications Into the Future.

 

The programme will include exhibitions and poster sessions, a school conference (07 September), plus plenary and parallel sessions. 

 

Early bird registration deadline: 23 July 2018

 

Final registration deadline: 20 August 2018

 

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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

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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NextGEOSS Training Workshop

11 September 2018

Organisation: NextGEOSS

Location: University of Geneva, Switzerland

Workshop overview: NextGEOSS provides a suite of infrastructure tools and services to build applications, opening up Earth Observation data and their value-added products to downstream communities.

The free one day workshop will:

  • Show users what NextGEOSS offers as a platform
  • Explore existing examples of community use of NextGEOSS
  • Provide hands-on experience with NextGEOSS tools and services

The training will enable first-hand discussions with the technical team developing and maintaining the platform, and for networking of the existing and new user community. If you would like to know more about using NextGEOSS to discover, access and process EO data, commercially or for research, this day is for you.  This workshop is the day prior to the EuroGEOSS workshop.

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10th Summit on Earth Observation Business

13 - 14 September 2018

Organisation: EuroConsult
Location: Paris, France
Event overview:

For ten years  the Summit on Earth Observation Business has welcomed the most inspiring, forward thinking and influential leaders of the satellite imagery and geospatial solutions sector.

Through panel sessions, informal discussions and private meetings, the 250 senior-ranking public and private decision makers in attendance obtain the information and strategic partnerships required to inform themselves of opportunities, navigate evolutions and shape the future of the market.

The next edition will be taking place September, 2018 at the Westin hotel in Paris. The program will be announced shortly. In the meantime the program for the 2017 edition is available.

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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 extended deadline: 15 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

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

06 - 09 November 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA) & CNES

Location: Paris, France

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

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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ATMOS 2018

26 - 29 November 2018

Organisation: ESA

Location: Salzburg, Austria

Abstract submission deadline: 15 August 2018

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

10 - 14 December 2018

Organisation: AGU

Location: Washington, D.C., USA

Early abstract submission deadline: 25 July 2018

Conference overview:

The upcoming AGU Fall Meeting 2018 Conference runs Monday to Friday from 10 to 14 December 2018, in Washington, D.C., USA.

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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Big Data from Space 2019

19 - 21 February 2019

Organisation: European Space Agency, JRC and SatCen

Location: Munich, Germany

Paper submission deadline: 15 October 2018

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.

For more information and important dates please visit the course website.

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Living Planet Symposium 2019

13 - 17 May 2019

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Milan, Italy

Abstract submission deadline: 11 November 2018

Registration deadline: 30 April 2019

Symposium overview:

ESA are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2019 Living Planet Symposium. The event, which is held every three years, will take place on 13–17 May 2019 in Milan, Italy. The Symposium is organised with the support of the Italian Space Agency.

 

This symposium focuses on how Earth Observation contributes to science and society, and how disruptive technologies and actors are changing the traditional Earth Observation landscape, which is also creating new opportunities for public and private sector interactions.

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