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NASA, NOAA analyses reveal record-shattering global warm temperatures in 2015

20 January 2016

Earth's 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Colours of the Persian Gulf

This Sentinel-2A natural-colour image, acquired on 18 September 2015, features the small nation of Bahrain and parts of eastern Saudi Arabia.

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Jason-3 reaches orbit, will monitor global sea-level rise, hurricane intensity

17 January 2016

Jason-3, a U.S.-European satellite mission, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 10:42 a.m. PST on 17 January aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, to become the latest spacecraft to track the rate of global sea-level rise.

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New gravity dataset will help unveil the Antarctic continent

23 January 2016

A unique dataset of gravity anomalies has been released for Antarctica, representing a significant step forward in the investigation of the largest ice-covered continent on Earth. More than 50 scientists from research institutions in eight countries, among others Germany, UK, USA and Russia have been actively collaborating since 2003 to make this gravity data compilation possible.

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World's largest canyon?

14 January 2016

The world's largest canyon may lie under the Antarctic ice sheet, according to analysis of satellite data by a team of scientists, led by Durham University.

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Germany and China broaden their collaboration in science management

22 January 2016

On 19 January 2016, Klaus Uckel, Director of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Project Management Agency, and Wang Ruijun, Director General of the National Center for Science and Technology Evaluation (NCSTE), signed an agreement for closer collaboration in programmes to promote research and innovation support systems.

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41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly

30 July - 07 August 2016

Contact: COSPAR Secretariat c/o CNES -

Organisation: Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Conference Overview:

The 41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly encompasses approximately 125 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and Panels including:

  • SC A: The Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate
  • SC B: The Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar System
  • 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 Space Weather (PSW)
  • Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
  • Panel on Education (PE)
  • Special events: interdisciplinary lectures, round table, etc.

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