News of the week
03 March 2016
Heavy rainfall recently caused flooding, landslides and power outages in some areas of Peru. NASA's Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) measured that rainfall by using a merged precipitation product from a constellation of satellites.
Earth Observation Missions
02 March 2016
Just two weeks after launch, the latest Sentinel satellite has offered a taster of what it will provide for the EU's Copernicus programme.
07 March 2016
On 3 March, it is reported that as of late September this year the construction of main operational system of the FY-4 satellite will be completed. It is scheduled to launch at the end of 2016.
Research and Applications
02 March 2016
Over the past 15 years, satellite imagery has revealed that deforestation has been increasing at an unprecedented rate in the Peruvian Amazon. According to the Environment Ministry of Peru, the high rates of deforestation are attributable to the rise of agroindustrial crops such as coffee, cacao and African palm oil. These 'cash crops' are transforming the Amazon rainforest, impacting the local climate, water cycle and biodiversity.
Policy & Legislation
25 February 2016
On 25 February 2016, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) signed an ‘Inter Agency Arrangement for Strategic Partnership' at the German Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. With this arrangement, both partners intend to jointly undertake the new role of space agencies and significantly contribute to the advancement of the world's space development.
06 - 07 May 2016
Organisation: EARSeL / NASA
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Full paper submission deadline: 21 April 2016
Registration deadline: 31 March 2016
The 2nd EARSeL Special Interest Group on Land Use and Land Cover, and the NASA Land Cover/Land-Use Change Program joint workshop has the theme "Advancing horizons for land cover services entering the big data era", and aims to set the questions towards and beyond the 2020 emerging challenges.
The workshop is organised around four representative sessions, covering the latest advances; trending activities and future challenges in land-cover services in the big data era.
EO Missions Database
Visit the eoPortal database to find out about spaceborne EO missions and sensors to discover more about past, operational and future missions. This is complemented with detailed articles of airborne sensors.
This database is based on the book of Herbert J. Kramer Observation of the Earth and its Environments and describes over 600 missions in detail. Online updated version of "Earth Observation History of Technical Introduction" available as of January 02, 2017.