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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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Introductory Webinar: Using Earth Observations to Monitor Water Budgets for River Basin Management

13 March - 3 April 2019

Organisation: NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) Course

 

Overview: Rivers are a major source of freshwater. They support aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, provide transportation, and generate hydropower. Managing river basin watersheds is critical for developing policies for sustainable water allocation and development. Over the course of four sessions, this introductory webinar series will address using satellite data and Earth system modeling data sources to estimate surface water budgets.

 

Learning Objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will become familiar with: remote sensing and Earth system modeling data sources relevant for river basin watershed management estimating surface water budgets and their temporal variability in sub-watersheds within river basins.

 

Course Dates: 13 March through 3 April 2019.

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EGU General Assembly 2019

7 - 12 April 2019

Organisation: European Geoscience Union (EGU)

Location: Vienna, Austria

Early registration deadline: 28 February 2019

Overview:

The European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly 2019 will as usual take place in Vienna, Austria, from 07 to 12 April 2019, bringing together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences.

The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. For more information, please check the General Assembly section of the website.

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Advanced Webinar: Investigating Time Series of Satellite Imagery

15 - 17 April 2019

Organization: NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET)    

Course Overview: Evaluation of satellite imagery for an area over time can be used to i

dentify trends and changes. This type of time series analysis can be used to assess forest disturbance, land cover changes, vegetation health, and agriculture monitoring and expansion. NASA Earth observations can provide long-term records from Landsat, and frequent imagery from sensors including MODIS. This training will focus on two tools, AppEEARS from the LPDAAC and LandTrendr via Google Earth Engine (GEE). AppEEARS enables users to integrate point or polygon ground-based data with satellite imagery. The GEE implementation of LandTrendr enables users to analyze land cover dynamics, including short-term disturbances and long-term trends. Both sessions will feature a lecture, followed by time for hands-on exercises and questions.


Learning Objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will become familiar with time series analysis techniques:

  • Understand how to evaluate time series of MODIS & Landsat data
  • Learn how to integrate point data with satellite imagery using the AppEEARS web-based interface
  • Learn the basics of the GEE implementation of LandTrendr including:
    • Generating annual land surface reflectance images
    • Plotting a time series of land surface reflectance
    • Creating a map of change detection, magnitude of change, duration of change event, and pre-change spectral values.

Course Dates:  Monday, April 15 and Wednesday, 17 April 2019.

 

Times: 10:00-12:00 or 18:00-20:00 EDT (UTC-4).

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Remote Sensing for Disasters Scenarios

16, 23 - 30 April 2019

Organization: NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET)

 

Course Overview: According to the WHO, every year disasters kill around 90,000 people and affect close to 160 million people worldwide." This training will show participants how NASA remote sensing data can be used to characterize and monitor disaster related events and support relief efforts. Each session will cover a different disaster and its supporting data. Disaster scenarios will include tropical storms, flooding, earthquakes, and landslides.

 

Learning Objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify NASA data products to characterize and monitor disasters and support decision-making
  • Understand the different data products available and their shortcomings
  • Access and interpret data covered in the different sessions.

 

Course Dates:  Tuesdays, April 16, 23, and 30, 2019.

 

Times: 10:00-12:00 or 14:00-16:00 EDT (UTC-4); the 14:00-16:00 sessions will be delivered in Spanish.

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GISTAM 2019

3 - 5 May 2019

Organisation: Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC)

Location: Crete, Greece

Course Overview:The International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management aims at creating a meeting point of researchers and practitioners that address new challenges in geo-spatial data sensing, observation, representation, processing, visualization, sharing and managing, in all aspects concerning both information communication and technologies (ICT) as well as management information systems and knowledge-based systems.

The conference welcomes original papers of either practical or theoretical nature, presenting research or applications, of specialized or interdisciplinary nature, addressing any aspect of geographic information systems and technologies.

Conference Topics

  • Data Acquisition and Processing
  • Remote Sensing
  • Modeling, Representation and Visualization
  • Knowledge Extraction and Management
  • Domain Applications

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Copernicus meets Galileo - Earth observation - Navigation - GeoIT

8 - 9 May 2019

Organisation: TH Georg Agricola University of Applied Sciences, CopServ International, and ZENIT

Location: Bochum, Germany

Overview:

The digitalisation of our world is currently on everyone's lips and keeping companies, politicians and all of us on our toes. Earth observation and navigation with the European systems Copernicus and Galileo have long been pioneers of digitalisation and can today be considered as models for many sectors and technologies.

The intention is to broaden the scope of the 2018 conference on "Earth Observation & Copernicus Technologies and Solutions for User Applications" to include the technology fields of "Navigation" and "Geoinformation Technology". The conference will function both as a marketplace and a platform for knowledge transfer between technology experts, service providers and manufacturers as well as users in application sectors and in so doing boost the development.

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Living Planet Symposium 2019

13 - 17 May 2019

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Milan, Italy

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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ICEOA 2019 : 21st International Conference on Earth Observation and Applications

20 - 21 May 2019

Organisation: International Research Conference

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Abstracts/full-text paper submission deadline (extended): 28 February 2019

Early bird registration deadline: 19 April 2019

Course Overview:The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations.

ICEOA 2019: 21st International Conference on Earth Observation and Applications aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Earth Observation and Applications. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Earth Observation and Applications.

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Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event

22 - 24 May 2019

Organisation: JURSE

Location: Vannes, France

 

Conference overview:

The biennial international Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE) will take place in Vannes, France. JURSE is a forum of excellence where researchers, practitioners and students present, share and discuss their latest findings and results.

This event is committed to introduce innovative methodologies and technological resourcesrecently employed to investigate the manifold aspects of the urban environment through orbital and airborne remote sensing data.

 

The objectives of JURSE 2019 are:

  • gathering people coming from academia, industry, local and national/international agencies together to discuss topics related to remote sensing for urban monitoring;
  • fostering the research and the applications of available data sets over urban areas, with a special consideration for high resolution satellite data and data fusion;
  • providing new ideas for developing sensors and/or systems able to analyse and monitor urban areas;
  • improving the knowledge and the know-how by means of the interaction of researchers coming from different communities (photogrammetry, signal processing, computer vision, geomatics, data science, town and regional planning, geology, hydrology, climatology, ecology, etc) in this truly interdisciplinary field.

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20th GHRSST Science Team Meeting

3 - 7 June 2019

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Abstract submission deadline: 29 March 2019

Registration closes: 31 May 2019

Overview:

This year marks the 20th meeting of the GHRSST International Science Team (G-XX). This is a great opportunity to have a forward looking meeting focusing on innovation and challenges to develop the future perspective for GHRSST - most notably with respect to a mix of microwave and thermal infrared satellite capability.


Objectives:

  • Bring together scientific and operational SST users and producers to review progress and achievements of SST science and applications within the GHRSST framework;
  • Look forward towards future innovation and challenges for GHRSST and the SST community over the next 20 years
  • Open the meeting to everybody but is especially relevant to SST experts and the international community actively involved in SST science and applications
  • Use plenary discussions and keynote talks to tackle specific issues as well as poster sessions and panel discussions to promote discussion.

G-XX will be followed immediately by the 8th CEOS SST-VC meeting. SST-VC members can collate all of the scientific and technical progress from the week and develop a coherent strategy for the year ahead, linking GHRSST and CEOS to advance the needs of SST users around the world.

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Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2019

16 - 22 June 2019

Organisation: University of Innsbruck

Course Overview: The main goal of the Joint Summer School 2019 is to provide participants with innovative practical and methodological skills to characterize complex terrain and object features using close- and near range remote sensing techniques. The Summer School will be the third edition after two successful implementations in 2015 and 2017.

Theoretical lectures will be complemented by fieldwork assignments and hands-on data processing sessions using different novel software. The assignments will be divided into two different tracks. One track will focus on mountain research, the other on sensor and data processing techniques.

A variety of sensor systems will be available for data acquisition in the high mountain surroundings of the summer school venue, including terrestrial laser scanners, unmanned aerial vehicles and spectral cameras.

A poster session on the participants' current research interests and work will stimulate open exchange and discussion between students and lecturers in a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Conference Format:

  • Thematic focus will be on mountain research, and will include vegetation characterization, (deformation) monitoring for glaciology, geomorphology and natural hazard research. 
  • Technical focus will be on sensor and data aspects, such as sensor modelling, calibration, data acquisition, 2D and 3D data fusion, geometric methods for information extraction from point clouds and (multispectral) images and data quality assessment. 
  • Theoretical focus will address critical steps within a processing chain, such as impact of registration, choice of stand points during data acquisition and derivation of deformation vectors, issues related to multispectral image analysis etc. 
  • Practical exercises using predominantly open source software, deepen the conveyed knowledge and help all participants establish a workflow for their research.

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RawMatCop Academy 2019: Copernicus for raw materials, discover the potential!

17 - 20 June 2019

Organisation: RawMatCop (a cooperation between EIT RawMaterials and Copernicus)

Location: Bologna, Italy

Application deadline: 19 April 2019

Overview:

Raw materials are essential for human development and to fuel a future based on a decarbonized and circular economy. Yet, several key challenges in the supply of mineral resources are their availability and the social and environmental impacts of their exploration, extraction, processing, use and end-of-life. Earth Observation (EO) data and services from Copernicus provides a multi-scale coverage of the Earth's surface and can support smarter exploration, more efficient and cost-effective primary production and boost environmental impact monitoring across the raw materials life cycle.

The RawMatCop Academy 2019 offers a hands-on approach and will show you how to unlock the power of Copernicus for your company, organisation or research along the entire life cycle of raw materials. During the RawMatCop Academy 2019 you will have the opportunity to work directly with Copernicus' Sentinel satellite data and open source software to demonstrate how it can be used for:

  • Securing primary and secondary mineral and material resources needed to transition to a sustainable and circular economy
  • Monitoring environmental impact and increasing safety

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39th Annual EARSeL Symposium

1 - 4 July 2019

Organisation: EARSeL

Location: Salzburg, Austria

Early bird registration deadline: 30 April 2019

Symposium overview:

The 39th EARSeL symposium, held in Salzburg in July 2019, explores the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. In a vibrant environment of young researchers, experienced GI capacity centres, we are offering an inspiring conference setting, supported by the Copernicus Academy, by ESA, and dedicated industrial partners.

Topics:

  • Big data | Digital Earth
  • Machine learning | Deep learning
  • Computer vision | Knowledge organising systems
  • Interoperability | Online processing | INSPIRE
  • Data cubes | EO data infrastructure
  • Copernicus missions | Current Sentinel and upcoming
  • EO applications | Societal benefits | SDGs
  • In-situ data | Crowd mapping | Geo-social networks
  • New jobs | Markets and opportunities

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World Soils 2019 User Consultation Meeting

2 - 3 July 2019

Organisation: ESA

Location: Frascati, Italy

Abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2019

Registration deadline: 01 July 2019

Overview:

The World Soils 2019 User Consultation Meeting on space-based EO tools for mapping and monitoring soils will take place from 2 - 3 July 2019 at ESA ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.

 

With the advent of operational EO systems such as the European Union Copernicus Program (including the high priority Copernicus expansion missions), the free and open EO data policies as well as cloud-based access and processing capabilities (e.g. DIAS) an EO based Soil Monitoring System appears feasible today.

 

The aim of the workshop is to bring together stakeholders from the policy and user domain with remote sensing experts to discuss the necessary steps to develop such a system.

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Earth Explorer-9 User Consultation Meeting

16 - 17 July 2019

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Cambridge, UK

Registration deadline: 14 June 2019

Overview:

The Earth observation scientific community is invited to participate in a European Space Agency (ESA) User Consultation Meeting at the Robinson College, University of Cambridge in Cambridge, United Kingdom on 16–17 July 2019. This consultation forms a critical input to the decision-making process that will lead to the selection of ESA's ninth Earth Explorer mission.

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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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COSPAR 2019

4 - 8 November 2019

Organisation: COSPAR

Location: Herzliya, Israel

Abstract submission deadline: 30 April 2019

Course Overview: The 4th COSPAR Symposium 'Small satellites for sustainable Science And Development' will take place between 4-8 November, 2019. A preliminary list of invited speakers has Jack Lissauer from NASA Ames, Alan Stern from SWRI, Jose Sobrano from Valencia, Avi Loeb from Harvard, and Eric Priest from St. Andrews. A more comprehensive list of speakers, as well as the topics of the symposium and a preliminary program, will become available following the Pasadena SA in August 2018.

The topics of the symposium include:

  • Satellite and nanosatellite observations of ground and underground soil
  • Ground water, seas, and oceans
  • Atmosphere and ionosphere
  • Magnetosphere
  • Solar system objects (planets, asteroids, interplanetary space)
  • Extrasolar planets and the interstellar medium
  • The Milky Way and intergalactic space
  • Education for space engineering
  • Space sciences.

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ARSI and KEO Conference

11 - 13 November 2019

Organisation: ESA and ESTEC

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands

Abstract deadline: 24 June 2019

Overview:

November 2019 will see the sixth edition of the workshop on "Advanced RF Sensors and Remote Sensing Instruments" 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.

As was the case at the ARSI'17, 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. Higher frequency bands may also be considered.

The combined event will take place from 11-13 November 2019 at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Industry, researchers and engineers active in the field are cordially invited to participate and to present their latest findings.

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Very High-resolution Radar & Optical Data Assessment workshop

18 - 22 November 2019

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Abstract submission deadline: 20 September 2019

Registration opens: 04 November 2019

Overview:

The Very High-resolution Radar & Optical Data Assessment (VH-RODA) workshop will be held in Frascati, Italy from 18-22 November 2019. The Workshop, hosted by ESA/ESRIN, will provide an open forum for the presentation and discussion of current status and future developments related to the calibration and validation of space borne very high-resolution SAR and optical sensors and data products.

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COSPAR 2020

15 - 23 August 2020

Organisation: COSPAR

Location: Sydney, Australia

Abstract submission deadline: February 2020

Course Overview: The 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly will take place between 15-23 August, 2020 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. The theme of the 2020 Assembly is Connecting Space Research for Global Impact.

There will be up to 125 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and Panels, including the following topics:

  • The Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate
  • The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
  • Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
  • Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB).

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