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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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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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Advanced Webinar: Processing Satellite Imagery for Monitoring Water Quality

05 - 19 September 2018

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Course Overview: Polluted water influences all aspects of life, including people, animals, and the environment. NASA satellite observations provide near real-time information about water quality. This freely available data can help decision-makers in their work. Satellite data can have applications for managing drinking water, public health, and fisheries.

This webinar series will help attendees perform advanced image processing of satellite data. Attendees will also learn about using satellites to track indicators of harmful algal blooms. This will include monitoring water temperature and chlorophyll-a concentrations. Attendees can also use this information for reporting around UN SDG 6.

Sessions will be held on Wednesdays, from 5 to 19 September 2018. One session will be broadcast in English 09:00-11:00 EDT (UTC-4) and one in Spanish (16:00-18:00 EDT, UTC-4).

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High Temporal Resolution Air Quality Observations from Space

04 - 25 September 2018

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Course Overview: For certain applications, some satellites take too long to revisit the same spot. Some satellites are capable of consistent monitoring of the same area. This webinar series will cover satellites with a high temporal resolution for air quality applications. Attendees will learn about new and upcoming geostationary satellites, what data is available, and how to access them. The training will cover satellites over the Americas, Asia, and Africa, and feature speakers from NOAA, Yonsei University, and the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing.

Sessions will be held on Tuesdays, from 4 to 25 September 2018. The session will be broadcast from 12:00-14:00 (UTC-4).

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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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Advanced Webinar: Change detection for land cover mapping

28 September - 5 October 2018

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Course Overview: Land cover changes can impact many areas of life. These changes can affect deforestation, ecological communities, wildfire extent, and urban growth. This advanced series will focus on using satellite imagery to map changes in land cover. Attendees will learn change detection methods, including image subtraction and classification. They will also conduct their own change detection analysis. This training will use QGIS, the R statistical program, and the Random Forest algorithm. Both sessions will feature a lecture, time to complete a hands-on exercise, and time for questions.

The course will consist of two sessions, on 28 September and 5 October 2018.

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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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Geo Week 2018

29 October - 02 November 2018

Organisation: Group on Earth Observations

Location: Kyoto, Japan

Workshop overview: Join the GEO community in Kyoto, Japan, for GEO Week 2018 and the GEO-XV Plenary.

This gathering of GEO's 105 Member governments and 126 Participating Organizations will explore efforts and opportunities for the use of Earth observations for the benefit of humankind, focusing on GEO's three priority areas:

  • Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Paris Climate Agreement
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Side events

Those interested in hosting a GEO Week side event can find all relevant information and the application form here.

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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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Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event

22 - 24 May 2019

Organisation: JURSE

Location: Vannes, France

Paper submission deadline: September 30, 2018

 

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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COSPAR 2019

4 - 8 November 2019

Organisation: COSPAR

Location: Herzliya, Israel

Abstract submission deadline: 15 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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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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