News of the week
The world's first space-based system to help identify specific sources of greenhouse gas emissions is now circling the Earth.
Research and Applications
Clouds play a prominent role in moderating Earth's climate, but their role is still poorly understood. Generally, clouds cool the Earth by reflecting incoming sunlight back out into space. Reducing the cloud's reflectivity - with a layer of pollution, for example - reduces the cooling effect. New research suggests that smoke from fires may be counteracting this effect by making clouds more reflective.
07 March 2018
NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) constellation monitors Earth's environment, helping meteorologists observe and predict the weather.
Policy & Legislation
On 03 March 2018, on the occasion of the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2), JAXA and ESA held an Inter-Agency Meeting to discuss furthering their bilaterall cooperation. In the meeting JAXA and ESA announced a joint statement concerning the results of the studies of the Joint Working Groups established last May and future collaboration between the two agencies.
23 - 26 April 2018
Organisation: ESA, EUMETSAT and the IAG/IUGG Commission 2
Location: Crete, Greece
The aim of this Review Workshop is to present the latest research results in the field of satellite altimetry calibration and altimetry applications for monitoring ocean changes and for improving Earth observation in an objective, continuous, homogeneous and reliable manner, free of errors and biases, and tied from one altimetry mission to the next. The intention is to support long-term monitoring of climate changes by understanding better environmental changes on world's oceans, terrestrial surface waters, but also on Arctic and Antarctic polar regions. The final outcome is to establish and promote a scientific roadmap with procedures, protocols, guidelines, and best practices in an open and transparent way to be followed by any international group working on satellite altimetry to attain SI traceability of their measurements, results and data products.
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.