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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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4th Advanced course on radar polarimetry

30 January - 02 February 2017

Organisations: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: ESA ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

Workshop Overview:

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising the 4th Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit dual and fully polarimetric data for science and applications development.

The main objectives of the course are to:

  • Train the next generation of European and Canadian Principal Investigators (PIs);
  • Explain theoretical principles, processing algorithms, data products and their use in applications;
  • Introduce available tools and methods for the exploitation of dual polarization and fully polarimetric data;
  • Provide first-hand and up-to-date information on the state of the art in Radar Polarimetry and Polarimetric SAR Interferometry.

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Data Space 2017

01 - 02 February 2017

Organisation: EARSC

Location: Glasgow, UK

Workshop Overview:

A global space revolution is being fuelled by the exploration and exploitation of new data sets enabled by satellites to deliver data products in response to user needs, and for the betterment of life on Earth. This data is yielding insight into corporate policy and industrial activity around the globe; from corporate supply chains to oil production, and onto shipping and maritime activity and so much more.

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Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere: Past – Present – Future

07 - 09 February 2017

Organisation: EARSeL

Location: Bern, Switzerland

Workshop Overview:

The announced workshop will focus on the latest developments in remote sensing of land ice and snow. Presentations are encouraged on all fields of research and applications with the focus on snow and ice as proxy for changing cryosphere, methods for retrieving cryospheric parameters from various types of remote sensing data, theoretical basis of inversion methods and their application, state of the art of retrieval algorithms, data assimilation of remote sensing data and in situ observations in process models, current and planned sensors for snow and ice, etc.

Topics will include:

  • Glaciers and Ice Caps
  • Snow cover (regional to global scale)
  • Snow albedo and climate
  • Snow hydrology
  • New technologies (sensors/methods)
  • Snow modelling and data assimilation
  • ESA: Sentinels, future missions and programs (CCI+)
  • EUMETSAT operational services
  • COST action ES1404 HarmoSnow

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Overview of the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)

21 February 2017

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Location: Online training/webinar

Conference overview:

Up-to-date and accessible information is essential to providing an effective, coordinated response to disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and tropical storms. The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) provides near real-time data, alerts, and impact assessments that can be accessed online.

The interactive website integrates coordination tools with maps and satellite imagery relevant to an event, including NASA satellite imagery and MODIS-based flood mapping from the Dartmouth Flood Observatory. In this two-hour webinar, participants will learn how they can use GDACS to monitor real-time disasters, assess the impacts of an event, and develop response strategies for both national and international events.

The training will include a presentation, followed by a demonstration of GDACS features and a case study with step-by-step instructions for obtaining satellite images, alerts, and crisis management information using GDACS.

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10th Coastal Altimetry Workshop

21 - 24 February 2017

Organisation: ESA

Location: Florence, Italy

Workshop Overview:

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 feature studies using the new Jason-3 and Sentinel-3 data, and a special session jointly with the Altimetry for Regional and Coastal Models (ARCOM) community of GODAE COSS-TT, plus dedicated sessions on Currents, Winds and Waves as well as Sea Level and Extreme Events.

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Workshop on vicarious infrastructure

21 - 23 February 2017

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: ESA-ESRIN - Frascati, Italy

Conference overview:

The objective of this workshop is to gather experts in the different fields involved in vicarious adjustment and open a wide range debate on the best way to go for future long term vicarious infrastructure.


The Copernicus programme represents a major evolution of Ocean Colour Radiometry (OCR). Going operational with the S3 OLCI series provides the guarantee of a continuous flow of consistent products. OCR relies on vicarious adjustments to ensure accuracy on geophysical products. To make sure the best possible product is delivered to users, ESA is organising an international workshop from 21 – 23 February 2017 to evaluate options for future European satellite OCR vicarious adjustment infrastructure for Sentinel-3 OLCI and Sentinel-2 MSI series.

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WorldCover 2017 Conference

14 - 16 March 2017

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: ESA-ESRIN - Frascati, Italy

Conference objectives:

  • Listen and capture multi-user requirements (climate modellers, geographers, scientists, environmentalists) for high and low resolution land cover mapping;
  • Head towards the development of a Sustainable Operational System for Land Cover Classifications to meet the user's needs;
  • Follow on the previous successful experiences: IGBP-DISCover, GLC-2000, GlobCover 2005, GlobCover 2009, GlobeLand30, and CCI Land Cover;
  • Produce a set of recommendations for the funding and implementation agencies;
  • Establish a set of Research and Development activities to be carried out to meet the user requirements.

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C3S General Assembly

06 - 10 March 2017

Organisation: Climate Change Service

Location: Toulouse, France

Workshop Overview:

The Copernicus Climate Change Service is holding its inaugural General Assembly over five days, 6 - 10 March 2017 in Toulouse, France, for providers, users and potential users alike.

Topics will include:

  • provide updates on the latest developments to the service;
  • gather and share user requirements and feedback on the service so far and its various proof-of-concept activities;
  • share the knowledge and experience of the current C3S providers across the various components of the Service;
  • facilitate networking and brainstorming sessions for the climate change community in the context of an operational C3S.

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Fourth Swarm Science Meeting & geodetic missions workshop

20 - 24 March 2017

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada

Registration deadline: 01 March 2017

Workshop overview:

In these co-located meetings the European Space Agency aims to address science, applications and services in the context of its Earth Explorer series of missions, ranging in focus from the Earth's outer core to the magnetosphere. Specifically, as the Swarm mission is about to complete three years of extremely successful science operations, the meeting will bring together the wider international scientific community to explore and develop scientific and application synergies and to propel the mission into its next phase.

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North American CryoSat science meeting and geodetic missions workshop

20 - 24 March 2017

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada

Registration deadline: 01 March 2017

Workshop overview:

The meeting will provide a unique and timely forum for scientists and end-users of CryoSat data to share the state-of-the-art in research and applications, review mission achievements and prepare for the continued use of the CryoSat mission in the future.

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Satellite derived annual PM2.5 data sets in support of United Nations sustainable development goals

15 - 29 March 2017

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Location: Online training/webinar

Conference objectives:

Air pollution caused by particles with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5) can reduce visibility and adversely affect human health. As a result, the United Nations has addressed this type of pollution in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Recently, annual mean PM2.5 maps have been developed using MODIS, MISR, and SeaWiFS observations from 1998-2015 and have been used by organisations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Greenpeace, to assess global air quality and health impacts.

In this webinar, participants will become familiar with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the satellite observations of air quality that are used to calculate indicators 3.9.1 and 11.6.2. This training will cover accessing the data, analysing long-term trends, and combining PM2.5 and population data sets to understand long-term exposure.

Course Dates: Three, one-hour sessions on 15, 22 and 29 March.

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10th EARSeL SIG Imaging Spectroscopy Workshop

19 - 21 April 2017

Organisation: EARSel

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Conference overview:

EARSeL's Special Interest Group on Imaging Spectroscopy aims at encouraging interdisciplinary discussions among specialists working with innovative Earth Observation methods and technologies.

After almost 20 years, the 10th workshop goes back to its roots at the University of Zurich where the first meeting took place at the Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) in 1998.

For this anniversary, we welcome contributions related to any topic in spectroscopy!

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ECOSUD 2017

26 - 28 April 2017

Organisation: Wessex Institute

Location: Cadiz, Spain

Workshop Overview:

The aim of the Conference is to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary communication between scientists, engineers, socio-economic specialists and other professionals working in ecological systems and sustainable development. Emphasis will be given to those areas that will most benefit from the application of scientific methods for sustainable development, including the conservation of natural systems around the world.

Topics will include:

  • Energy systems and the environment
  • Sustainable development and planning
  • Ecosystem modelling
  • Environmental innovative approaches
  • Natural resources management
  • Protection and mitigation
  • Economic and social issues

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European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017

23 - 28 April 2017

Organisations: EGU

Location: Vienna, Austria

Workshop Overview:

The EGU General Assembly 2017 will bring 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. The EGU is looking forward to cordially welcoming you in Vienna.

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GEO Business 2017

23 - 24 May 2017

Organisation: Diversified Communications UK

Location: London, United Kingdom

Conference Overview:

Presenting the latest developments in this fast moving industry. Hear leading industry experts presenting papers on how geospatial solutions have enabled projects to run more efficiently, ensuring that they are delivered on time, whilst saving money and reducing risk.

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SPLIT Remote sensing summer school 2017

04 - 09 June 2017

Organisation: SPLIT

Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Conference Overview:

This intensive and advanced, 5-day learning event, presents best insights into most recent techniques learned from top international professors and researchers through hands-on sessions and lectures.

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Fringe 2017 workshop

05 - 09 June 2017

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Conference objectives:

  • Bring together the global InSAR community;
  • Present latest InSAR results exploiting Sentinel-1 data and S-1A/B interferometry;
  • Provide a forum for ESA PIs and scientists to present InSAR projects results;
  • Assess the maturity of InSAR applications and the state of the art in the field;
  • Facilitate international exchange on InSAR Research, development and applications;
  • Present the Sentinel-1 mission status, algorithms and products;
  • Review and assess the progress according to the recommendations voiced at FRINGE 2015;
  • Consult scientists to prepare ESA for starting supporting science activities for Sentinel-1.

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11th GEO European Project Workshop

19 - 21 June 2017

Organisations: European Commission and Finnish Meteorological Institute

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Workshop Overview:

The purpose of the conference is to bring together European stakeholders interested in and actively contributing to the Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS). The event is a forum to exchange ideas and inform participants about work and initiatives undertaken in the context of GEOSS.

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River Basin Management 2017

19 - 21 July 2017

Organisation: Wessex Institute

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Event Overview:

River Basin Management 2017 is the 9th Conference in the series which marks the growing international interest in the planning, design and management of river basin systems.

River Basin Management includes all aspects of Hydrology, Ecology, Environmental Management, Flood Plains and Wetlands. Riverine systems are coming under increasing pressure due to anthropological and natural causes. Prominent amongst the problems affecting them is water scarcity and quality, which requires the development of improved methods for better river management.

Changes in the landscape, use of the land and climate conditions lead to a continuous revaluation of river basin management objectives. This requires the development of better measuring tools as well as the use of increasingly accurate computer software.

The objective of this series of conferences is to bring together practitioners and researchers in academia and industry in the hope that their interaction will foster mutual understanding and lead to better solutions for river basins.

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RSPSoc2017 Annual Conference

05 - 08 September 2017

Organisation: Remote Sensing Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc)

Location: London, United Kingdom

Abstract submission deadline: 01 May 2017

Registration deadline: 21 August 2017

Conference objectives:

This annual conference is titled Earth and Planets: Making the most of our observations. It will cover a range of remote sensing themes:

  • Ground deformation and change
  • Geosciences
  • Ice and fire
  • Oceans and atmospheres
  • Land surface science
  • Spectral and hyperspectral science
  • Hazard and Risk
  • Biosphere and Environment
  • Current and new satellite observing systems
  • UAV technology and science
  • Close range measurements, laser scanning and LiDAR
  • Sensors and technology
  • Remote site investigation

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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

Abstract submission deadline: 31 March 2017

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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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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