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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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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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AGU Fall Meeting

12 - 16 December 2016

Organisation: American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Location: San Francisco, USA

Workshop overview:

With approximately 24,000 attendees in 2015, AGU's Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. 2016 will mark Fall Meeting's 49th year as the premiere place to present your research; hear about the latest discoveries, trends, and challenges in the field; and network with colleagues that can enhance your career.

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FLEX 2017 - Remote sensing of fluorescence, photosynthesis and vegetation status

17 - 19 January 2017

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Conference objectives:

  • Review the state of the art in vegetation fluorescence and biophysical parameter retrievals and exploitation.
  • Promote links between classical vegetation remote sensing methods (i.e., multispectral) and new approaches based on fluorescence and high spectral resolution measurements.
  • Bring together the vegetation remote sensing community, including data providers, experts and users.
  • Provide updates on recent modeling activities coupling remote sensing signals and vegetation physiology and dynamics.
  • Plan future activities in the field of vegetation remote sensing exploiting the new observational capabilities.

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1st Sentinel-2 validation team meeting

28 - 29 November 2016

Organisation: ESA

Location: ESRIN, Frascati, Rome (Italy)

Conference Overview:

The objective of the S2VT is to collect independent validation evidence and experimental data to support the Sentinel-2 Mission. The S2VT aims at providing valuable feedback on the mission core products through the experience gained by S2VT members while exploiting Sentinel-2 data. Such recommendations will be taken into consideration by ESA.

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International workshop on measuring high-wind speeds over the ocean

15 - 17 November 2016

Organisation: Met Office, IFREMER, ESA

Location: Exeter, United Kingdom

Workshop Overview:

A three day workshop on the science and applications of remotely-sensed ocean surface winds, with a focus on high or extreme winds speeds.

Topics will include:

  • Status of monitoring ocean-surface winds from space: current and future instruments
  • Methods and models for retrieving high winds from satellite observing systems such as scatterometers, passive microwave radiometers, GNSS-R, SAR
  • Ocean surface wind products, synergies, and validation of high wind speeds
  • Applications for ocean-atmosphere interactions
  • Applications for numerical weather prediction (NWP)
  • Applications for tropical cyclone and extra- tropical storm forecasting
  • Climate applications

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2nd training course on Ocean remote sensing synergy

25 - 26 October 2016

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Timisoara, Romania

Conference overview:

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising Multi-Sensor Synergy Training, focused on introducing new and efficient ways to process and exploit satellite data. Participants will be trained in how to utilise satellite remote sensing data and multi-sensor synergy in view of the state of the art operational and explorer satellite missions. The event will be hosted at the Politehnica University Timisoara, Romania, from 25 to 26 October 2016.

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AARSE 2016 Conference

24 - 28 October 2016

Organisation: African Association of Remote Sensing Environment (AARSE)

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Application submission deadline: July 2016

Conference Overview:

The AARSE 2016 conference is expected to bring together about 700 global delegates entailing scientists, academicians, practitioners, policy makers, technology developers/experts and business entities from various interdisciplinary fields of geo-information science, hazard and disaster science, humanitarian assistance, geography, engineering, geology, water, ecology, agriculture, social sciences and space science to deliberate on issues of enhancing and accelerating sustainable development in Africa in the midst of natural resource degradation, conflict, global environmental changes and rapid demographic changes.

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Intergeo

11 - 13 October 2016

Organisation: Intergeo

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Workshop overview:

The trade fair covers the entire spectrum of processing, using and analysing geodata. Exhibitors and visitors discuss the latest developments in the sector over the course of three days.

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Exploiting open data with MELODIES

11 - 13 October 2016

Organisation: Institute for Environmental Analytics

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Conference overview:

Following three years of research and innovation, the MELODIES project will be hosting the three-day conference, sharing some of the challenges of using environmental Open Data in Europe – as well as the techniques and the solutions that the consortium of 16 academic and industrial partners have developed to combat them.

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Horizon 2020 Space information days 2016

04 - 05 October 2016

Organisation: National Contact Points (NCP) for Space: COSMOS2020

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Conference overview:

The 2-day event will feature a unique blend of technical sessions, networking opportunities, and learning exchange possibilities, covering administrative, technical and legal aspects of the Programme, as well as the lessons learned from previous calls. The event is a unique opportunity to meet an outstanding line up of speakers from policy-making to industry and user community representatives. It will also involve the Horizon 2020 3rd Call for proposals, segments, opportunities, success stories, do's and dont's. You may also connect, with peers, partners, stakeholders, and the user community involved in shaping the future of EGNSS.

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Black Sea from Space Workshop

28 - 30 September 2016

Organisation: ESA, ROSA and the National Institute for Marine Research and Development

Location: Constanta, Romania

Workshop Overview:

Nowadays, we are entering into a new era for EO science and applications driven by the continuously increasing observation capacity offered by the Sentinel missions, the opportunities for science offered by the Earth Explorer series and the capabilities to look at the past offered by the existing long-term EO data archives. To maximise the full exploitation of this unprecedented ability of space-borne Earth monitoring by the scientific community, industry and the public sector, dedicated research and development efforts are required.

The focus of this workshop is to assess the opportunities for EO research and development activities in the Black Sea Basin and the Danube Delta region that may be the basis for future ESA investments in terms of science, development of novel applications and testing new information services to address some of the key information needs of this important area.

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Applications of remote sensing to soil moisture and evapotranspiration

1 - 29 September 2016

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Location: Online training/webinar

Course Overview:

ARSET is offering its first webinar series focused exclusively on soil moisture and evapotranspiration.

Previous ARSET trainings have focused on water resources and mainly addressed remote sensing measurements of precipitation and their applications. But precipitation is only one component of the water cycle. NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Satellite Mission is providing new soil moisture data, and modelling frameworks are providing new evapotranspiration data.

This webinar series will help attendees learn about NASA soil moisture and evapotranspiration products and how to access and apply them for water resource management. Over the course of five weeks, attendees will learn how to monitor and manage water resources with techniques learned in training. The series will begin with an introduction to satellite missions and useful data sets. Next, trainers will demonstrate online portals for accessing data. The series will conclude with specific examples of how you can apply the data and modelled data products. The training is targeted at local, regional, state, federal, and international organisations interested in using satellite imagery for decision and policy-making activities.

The course will have five 1 hour sessions every Thursday in September at 11:30 AM EDT Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4) and 6:00 PM (EDT) Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).

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