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Sentinel data wanted

15 March 2016

ESA has agreed with NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Geological Survey (USGS) to make data available to them from the European Sentinel satellites.

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

On 25 October, 2015, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired this image of Ellis Island and the Liberty Island. Those once-modest islands stand like magnificent sentries in New York Harbor, with Jersey City, New Jersey to the west and the lower reaches of Manhattan Island and Brooklyn to the northeast and east.

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Jason-3 begins mapping oceans, sees ongoing El Niño

16 March 2016

Jason-3, a new U.S.-European oceanography satellite mission with NASA participation, has produced its first complete science map of global sea surface height, capturing the current signal of the 2015-16 El Niño.

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ECMWF launches new simulated satellite data product

18 March 2016

ECMWF has launched a new dataset called Simulated Satellite Data (SSD), which provides global high-resolution forecasts of the weather as seen from space.

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Norwegian Coast Guard demonstration of satellite derived information in the high Arctic

15 March 2016

The Norwegian Coast Guard recently took part in a demonstration to test the feasibility of using satellite derived sea ice information products for navigation at high latitudes in the Arctic Ocean.

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How coordination of data can help protect the world’s vanishing wetlands

15 March 2016

The Earth has lost more than half of its wetland extent since 1900. The satellite-based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS) is working to provide a data portal that will have real-world impacts, helping to track wetland degradation, identify pollution sources, and assess restoration strategies.

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Living Planet Symposium 2016

09 May - 13 May 2016

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Registration deadline: 22 April 2016

Symposium overview:

The 2016 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium is organised with the support of the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.

The main objectives of the symposium are:

  • Present the progress and plans for the implementation of ESA Earth Observation strategy and the relevance of ESA's EO Programme to societal challenges, science and economy.
  • Provide an international forum to scientists, researchers and users to present and share state of the art results based on ESA's Earth Observation and third-party mission data.
  • Review the development of Earth Observation applications.
  • Present the Copernicus space component and operational services.
  • Report on ESA's Exploitation Programmes (i.e. Climate Change Initiative, SEOM, DUE, VAE, STSE).
  • Introduce the current and future planned Earth Observation missions.
  • Outline ESA's international cooperation in the field of Earth Observation.
  • Provide dedicated thematic tutorials and demonstrations.

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