News of the week
08 January 2018
NOAA's GOES-13 satellite has captured some of the most notorious weather events in recent U.S. history – after 10 years of stellar service, it makes way for the next generation of weather imagery.
Earth Observation Missions
12 January 2018
A British satellite has gone into orbit on an Indian rocket to acquire full-colour, high-definition video of the surface of the Earth.
11 January 2018
A new NASA Earth science mission in the early stages of design may achieve a transformational advance in our understanding of the global carbon cycle by mapping concentrations of key carbon gases from a new vantage point: geostationary orbit.
Research and Applications
11 January 2018
A new product based on satellite altimeter data detailing 'Significant Wave Height' is providing crucial wave information to help those working at sea to navigate and operate safely.
Policy & Legislation
On 09 January in Beijing, in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron and Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall signed a memorandum of understanding on climate actions and space exploration with Wu Yanhua, Acting Administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
15 February - 01 March 2018
Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Course Overview: Hydrologic modelling is useful for flood, drought, and water resources management. The Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) Model uses inputs to better understand hydrological processes in near real-time. Many of the inputs are available from NASA remote sensing and Earth system models, allowing the model to provide soil moisture, evapotranspiration and runoff as outputs. Together with precipitation data, these outputs provide quantitative assessment of a regional water budget. This introductory training will include an overview of the model, sources of satellite-derived input data, and implementation of the model. By the end of this training, attendees will be able to download, install, and use the VIC model, setup VIC for a watershed or river basin using remote sensing data inputs, and analyse output water resources components.
The course will consist of three, 1 hour sessions. Sessions will be held on Thursdays, between 15 February and 1 March from 09:00 – 10:00 and 18:00 – 19:00 EST (UTC -5). The session is broadcast twice per day to allow for international participation.
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.