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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 Workshop on Advanced RF Sensors and Remote Sensing Instruments

12 - 14 September 2017

Organisations: ESA/ESTEC

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands

Workshop Overview:

To bring together experts from industry and research organisations to share and present their latest findings on RF remote sensing technology, processing and systems.

As was the case at the ARSI'14, the main workshop is being extended to cover the related "Ka-band Earth Observation Radar Missions". This workshop has a similar character to ARSI but concentrates entirely on all aspects related to Ka-band Earth Observation instruments.

The objectives of the two combined workshop 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.

Industry, researchers and engineers active in the field are cordially invited to participate and to present their latest findings.

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9th Summit on Earth Observation Business

14 - 15 September 2017

Organisations: Euroconsult

Location: Paris, France

Summit Overview:

Bringing together over 250 presidents, CEOs, CFOs and senior government officials, this two day conference is a unique opportunity to review business models, assess customer requirements, network, do business and refine development strategies.

The Summit program comprises a series of round table discussions and keynote presentations. The program will be announced shortly.

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Satellite SM & Application and CCI SM User Workshops

18 - 20 September 2017

Organisation: Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation

Location: Wien, Austria

Workshop Overviews:

The purpose of the Satellite Soil Moisture and Application Workshop, 19-20 September 2017, is to discuss and reconcile recent methodological advances in the development, validation and application of global satellite soil moisture data. The workshop series is unique by bringing together satellite soil moisture users and developers to focus on both the derivation and exploration of soil moisture data from passive or active microwave satellite missions (SMAP, SMOS, ASCAT, AMRS-2, Sentinel-1, and other legacy missions).

The CCI Soil Moisture User Workshop, on 18 September 2017, is similar in scope but particularly invites users of the CCI Soil Moisture products.Users from any relevant application area are invited to present their experiences with the data and provide ideas for future product improvements. The CCI Soil Moisture User Workshop is an event organized within the framework of ESA's Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Soil Moisture project.

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3rd Symposium of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)

18 - 22 September 2017

Host Organisations: Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) / Korean Space Science Society

Location: Jeju Island, South Korea

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

Symposium Overview:

The theme of COSPAR 2017 is: Small Satellites for Space Research. Topics covered by the event include:

  • New ideas for upper atmosphere research with micro- and nano-satellites
  • Interaction of solar wind and Earth's bow shock: recent progress in observations and modelling
  • Dynamics of the magnetospheric process through coordinated experiment and modelling
  • Enabling technologies

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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5th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Quantitative Remote Sensing

18 - 22 September 2017

Organisation: Global Change Unit, University of Valencia

Location: Valencia, Spain

Symposium Overview:

The 5th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Quantitative Remote Sensing (RAQRS) will look at recent advances and applications of the different techniques and research methods used in remote sensing and in particular:

  • Land surface radiation and inversion modelling
  • Multispectral and hyperspectral Remote Sensing and Imaging Spectroscopy
  • Multiangular and Multitemporal measurements
  • Scaling, fusion, reduction and assimilation of data
  • Advances in consolidated datasets of Essential Climate Variables and their impact arising from the Climate Change Initiative
  • Carbon and Water cycle observation and modelling
  • Land cover/use and change
  • Global change and sustainable development
  • Sensor calibration, atmospheric correction, and product validation
  • Passive and actives microwaves & SAR data processing/ applications
  • Laser active remote sensing and fluorescence
  • Close range remote sensing
  • Earth Observation Missions & Services

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Introduction to Remote Sensing of Harmful Algal Blooms

05 - 26 September 2017

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Location: Online seminar

Course Overview: Harmful algal blooms (HABs) can have a negative impact on the ecosystem and human health. Satellite remote sensing is able to collect data frequently and over a large area to identify impaired water quality from HABs. This data can inform decision-makers on where best to put their resources for taking water samples, determine what toxins are in the water, whether they need to change or move drinking water intakes, and whether a fishery needs to be closed. Remote sensing data enables individuals and organisations to have more flexible plans for water sampling. It also leads to a more efficient and appropriate allocation of resources for protecting human health.

By the end of the training, attendees will be able to identify NASA's Earth Science remote sensing data products for the identification and monitoring of HABs, describe how coupled remote sensing and modeling approaches are used in decision support tools, and use a selection of NASA Earth Science data tools to monitor HABs.

The course will consist of four, 1-hour sessions, every Tuesday in September (5, 12, 19, and 26) at either 11:00-12:00 or 21:00-22:00 EDT (UTC-4). The session is broadcast twice per day to allow for international participation.

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Introduction to Remote Sensing for Scenario-Based Ecoforecasting

07 - 28 September 2017

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Location: Online seminar

Course Overview: As climates shift and change, ecosystems respond in a variety of ways. Assessing the ecological impacts of a changing climate is crucial for natural resource management decision-making. NASA Earth observations can be used to help make these decisions. This four-week webinar series, in collaboration with the USGS North Central Climate Center, will include an overview of the satellites, sensors, and tools relevant to ecological forecasting; available climate products and data for ecological modeling; scenario planning; and the application of modeling for species distribution and state-and-transition simulations.

By the end of this training, attendees will be able to understand what ecoforecasting is and its applications, understand how climate data supports future projections of management targets, articulate how scenario planning can be utilized for decision-making with multiple sources of uncertainty, and integrate qualitative and quantitative tools to support resource management decision-making in situations with high uncertainty.

The course will consist of four, 1-hour sessions, every Thursday in September from 12:00-13:00 p.m. EDT (UTC-4).

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EO Open Science 2017

25 - 28 September 2017

Organisations: ESA

Location: Frascati, Italy

Registration opens: End of July 2017, date TBC

Workshop Overview:

This conference will explore the emerging challenges and opportunities faced by the EO scientific community to respond to the new paradigm of EO Open Science. The conference will also present how ESA is facilitating the exploitation of EO data in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and open way, to make the most of the large volume of complex and diverse data delivered by the new generation of EO missions and in particular the Sentinels. EO Open Science offers an enormous potential for researchers to share knowledge, access and make use of EO data in a global network of communities.

The main objectives of the conference are to:

  • Gather and foster the emerging EO Open Science scientific community,
  • Provide a forum for scientists and value-adding players to present activities relevant to the EO Open Science themes,
  • Provide a forum for international exchange on EO Open Science and for scientists to formulate community recommendations,
  • Present large-scale international initiatives in the domain of EO Open Science,
  • Consult scientists to prepare future ESA scientific Exploitation Elements activities supporting EO Open Science.

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Geomatics & Geospatial Technology 2017

04 - 05 October 2017

Organisation: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Symposium Overview:

The Universiti Teknologi Malaysia will present "Geospatial and Disaster Management" as the theme for the GGT 2017. Many agencies and private entities have engaged with geospatial information systems, applications and services. However, more efforts and works have to be workout and envisioned for better information and decisions within the agencies and many users. Today, users demand more and more relevant data, services and information.

In order to materialise all those demands both from data providers and users, all geospatial information communities and related professionals are invited together in one big event – GGT 2017. Many issues and solutions could be shared and discussed for the benefits of all. Participants are invited to submit their abstracts and papers to be presented at the conference but not limited to: 

  • Surveying and Geomatics
  • GPS and GNSS, Remote Sensing, Image Processing and Photogrammetry
  • LiDAR and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  • GIS (2D and 3D)
  • Open Geo
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • 3D City Modelling
  • 3D Modelling

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HAPS4ESA

09 - 10 October 2017

Organisations: ESA

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands

The objective of the workshop is to identify potential synergies between High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) and satellites in the domains of Earth Observation, Telecommunication and Navigation.Contributions to the following topics are invited:

  • Platforms: State-of-the-Art and future HAPS.
  • Synergies of HAPS Payloads
  • Ground segment solutions for HAPS
  • Demonstration activities and prototyping campaigns
  • Operations solutions for HAPS
  • Regulatory topics: airspace regulation for HAPS with a focus on Europe, airworthiness, spectrum.

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Satellite Applications for the Alps

10 October 2017

Organisations: Eurisy

Location: Brixen, Italy

Workshop Overview:

Eurisy, together with IDM Südtirol and Berchtesgaden Satellite Navigation Cluster are happy to invite you to a conference dedicated to satellite applications for search and rescue in the Alps! This conference will be held in the framework of the week-long International Mountain Summit, a prestigious annual event gathering the mountaineering community.

The objective of the event is to gather stakeholders of search and rescue in the Alps, and representatives of the space community (decision-makers, research organisations, service providers). Together, they will discuss the premise that satellite services serve the interests of the search and rescue community better when shared and used as common solutions, across the borders, rather than when used individually.

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Copernicus4Energy

12 October 2017

Organisations: Copernicus, European Commission

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Registration closes: 08 October 2017

Workshop Overview:

The Copernicus4Energy workshop intends to bring together stakeholders of the Earth Observation (EO) and the Energy sectors, in view of highlighting the potential of Copernicus to contribute to current and emerging needs of the energy industries, and especially the energy transition.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To identify intermediate and end-users' needs and requirements in the Energy sector;
  • To present the current Copernicus offer in terms of data and service information for the energy sector;
  • To assess and characterise EO-based applications supporting energy industries and policies at EU and global level, including key complementary data either in situ or socio-economic or private which would need to be combined with EO for validation or further added-value processing;
  • To discuss the way forward in terms of new Copernicus products and evolution of the programme's Space Component, with a focus on the necessary data analytics, computing science or modelling required to develop new energy services/products/solutions for the end users (processing, modelling, in situ data or socio-economic data).

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Big Data from Space (BiDS'17)

28 - 30 November 2017

Organisations: ESA, SatCen, JRC and hosted by CNES

Location: Toulouse, France

Registration deadline: 15 November 2017

Workshop Overview:

The BiDS'17 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).  This is the third edition of the BiDS conference series. It will be hosted by the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) in Toulouse, one of the key European cities with activities focused on space and aerospace developments and applications.

The objective of this conference is to stimulate interactions and bring together researchers, engineers, users, infrastructure and service providers, interested in exploiting Big Data from Space.  Detailed objectives include:

  • Present and discuss results, progresses and emerging challenges, including open data access and open science;
  • Involve users and service providers in the definition of a roadmap for future developments;
  • Identify priorities for research, technology development and innovation;
  • Widen competences and expertise of universities, research institutes, labs, SMEs and other industrial actors;
  • Foster networking of experts and users towards better access and sharing of data, tools, infrastructures, resources and incubation of services;
  • Leverage innovation, spin-in and spin-off of technologies, and business development arising from research and industry progress;
  • Increase and promote the value stemming from the huge quantity of data made available at an ever increasing rate.

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Using Low Frequency Passive Microwave Measurements in Research and Operational Applications

04 - 06 December 2017

The ECMWF/ESA workshop on Using Low Frequency Passive Microwave Measurements in Research and Operational Applications will take place at ECMWF in Reading, UK, from 04 to 06 December 2017.

The workshop will look at applications that can benefit from the synergistic exploitation of low frequency passive microwave measurements but also on the combined usage of active and passive observations. Four topical areas will be addressed: Sea ice and predictability in Polar Regions, sea surface salinity and ocean circulation, soil moisture and flood forecasting, weather forecasting and climate monitoring.

Attendance: This workshop is by invitation only due to the limited number of participants. If you wish to participate please send a request to the organising committee.

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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

Registration deadline: 21 August 2017

Conference 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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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

Abstract submission deadline: 09 February 2018

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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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

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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