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CryoSat reveals Antarctica in 3D
24 March 2017
   

Around 250 million measurements taken by ESA's CryoSat over the last six years have been used to create a unique 3D view of Antarctica, offering a snapshot of the undulating surface of this vast ice sheet. CryoSat's radar altimeter detects tiny variations in the height of the ice across the entire continent, including on the steeper continental ma

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To the Arctic for CryoSat and beyond
20 March 2017
   

After the relative quiet of the long dark winter months, the Arctic will be a tad busier over the coming weeks as numerous researchers descend on this harsh, yet fragile environment. Their aim is not to disturb its beauty, but to join forces in an all-out effort to measure ice on land and sea. Environmental changes in the Arctic are no longer only

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CryoSat science server maintenance on 08-09 March 2017
24 February 2017
   

Cryosat-2 users are informed that a mandatory maintenance shall be performed on the network in Kiruna. These works have been scheduled to take place between 08 March at 23:00 UTC and 09 March 06:00 UTC. During that time users may prove difficulties in accessing Cryosat-2 data and NRT dissemination may suffer delays. We apologise for any inconvenie

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Browse, plot and download CryoSat products with VT-CryoSat
14 February 2017
   

VT-CryoSat is a new ESA tool developed by VisioTerra (France) in order to easily browse and download CryoSat products throughout an interactive and graphical web interface. The tool is freely accessible and does not require any installation. VT-CryoSat uses a web browser to display profiles of CryoSat's geophysical parameters on a virt

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New paper on CryoSat performance over the ocean
10 February 2017
   

A significant reference for oceanographic applications of CryoSat has been published in the Remote Sensing of Environment journal. The study was conducted by the UK's National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) within the framework of the ESA CryoSat Ocean Data Scientific Quality Control and Validation project. This extensive evaluation of Cry

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CryoSat Geographical Mode Mask 3.9 released
9 February 2017
   

A new CryoSat Geographical mask is in place since week 5 (30 January 2017). The mask is the basis of the CryoSat mission planning and defines the mode switching of the SIRAL instrument while the satellite revolves around the Earth. Version 3.9 of the mask has been updated with respect to the 3.8 version (operating since March 2016) in order to all

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CryoSat reveals lake outbursts beneath Antarctic ice
8 February 2017
   

A novel way of using ESA's CryoSat mission has revealed how lakes beneath Thwaites Glacier drained into the Amundsen Sea - potentially the largest such outflow ever reported in this region of West Antarctica. This new information is helping scientists understand more about what's going on deep below the surface of the ice and what affects how fast

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CryoSat North American Science Meeting Programme now online
7 February 2017
   

The Programme of the CryoSat North American Science Meeting has been published. The workshop will take place in Banff (Alberta, Canada) from 20-24 March 2017. Organised approximately seven years after the launch of CryoSat, the meeting will highlight areas where the mission has made significant contributions including cryosphere, oceanography, geo

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CryoSat Technical documents updated
17 January 2017
   

Users are informed that new versions of the documents Known Biases in CryoSat L1b and Guidelines for sigma nought extraction from CryoSat-2 SAR data are now available online.

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Satellite cousins have ice covered
16 December 2016
   

Although not designed to deliver information on ice, ESA's Earth Explorer SMOS satellite can detect thin sea-ice. Since its cousin CryoSat is better at measuring thicker ice, scientists have found a way of using these missions together to yield an even clearer picture of the changing Arctic. Carrying a radiometer, SMOS was designed to capture imag

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RSS processed Sentinel-1A data for the analysis of water variations on Poyang Lake
18 July 2016
   

The ESA Research & Service Support contributed to the analysis of Poyang Lake seasonal water variations by supporting the processing of related Sentinel-1A products and making available the required computing resources (RSS CloudToolbox). A total of 71 Sentinel-1A IW SLC products (relative orbit number 40) acquired from June 2015 to May 2016 h

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"Research Grants Call 2015"
24 June 2015
   

  Research Grants Call 2015 http://scirocco.sp.serco.eu/ The SCatterometer InstRument Competence Centre, SCIRoCCo, has been established by the European Space Agency  (ESA) in  support of the exploitation activities for the ERS-2 Scatterometer mission during Phase-F. SCIRoCCo aims at becoming a reference center f

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The new RSS CloudToolbox service is now available to EO data users
11 March 2015
   

The new RSS CloudToolbox service provides registered and authorised ESA EO-SSO users with customised virtual machines (VMs) made available on a cloud infrastructure. Thanks to high-speed network connections, these cloud VMs have fast access to the ESA RSS Datafarm 

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InSAR SBAS service available on G-POD
6 November 2014
   

The InSAR SBAS service will be available from November 10th, 2014, to interested RSS users for processing SAR data from the ESA archives. The service, based on the full P-SBAS DInSAR chain integrated by CNR-IREA and ESA RSS into the G-POD environment, requires dataset selection over aspecific AOI together with parameters/thresholds setting, and al

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Sentinel-1A data available on G-POD!
16 May 2014
   

Dear users, we are pleased to announce the availability of the first Sentinel-1A real products on G-POD. Datasets, classified by type (SLC, GRDH and GRDM) and by acquisition mode ( IW, EW ), are accessible from the "Catalogue" tab (after logging in). If you are interested in testing your own processor on the available Sentinel-1 data exploiting th

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Sentinel-1 simulated data now available on G-POD!
9 April 2014
   

Dear G-POD users, Sentinel-1 L1 SAR simulated data are available on G-POD. Datasets, classified by type (SLC, GRDF, GRDH and GRDM) and by acquisition mode (SM, IW, EW and WV), are accessible from the "Catalogue" tab (after logging in). If you are interested in testing your own processor on the available Sentinel-1 data exploiting the G-POD process

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Image Information Mining Conference: The Sentinels Era
5 February 2014
   

The registration to the Conference jointly organised with the EU SatCen and JRC is now open!   Earth Observation (EO) data has increased significantly over the last decades with sensors collecting terabytes of data per day. Meanwhile, the advent of sub-meter resolution Optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)

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Earth Observation Data Science
18 November 2013
   

The forthcoming Ninth Conference on Image Information Mining, which will be held at the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) in Bucharest (Roumania) on March 05-07, 2014, will gather the international specialists from academia, institutions and industry. The call for papers is open right now, you all are invited to submit your abstract! The conference wil

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The OGC requests comment on the candidate standard, OGC® OpenSearch Geo and Time Extensions
13 November 2013
   

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC(R)) is seeking comments on the candidate standard, "OGC(R) OpenSearch Geo and Time Extensions". This document extends the implementation of the popular OpenSearch technologies so that users can take advantage of the geospatial search capabilities enabled by OGC standards. Different types of content require diffe

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ESA to host the September 2013 OGC TC Meeting
25 January 2013
   

The ESA-ESRIN establishment in Frascati Italy, will host the September '13 Technical Committee and Planning Committee meetings of the Open Geospatial Consotrium. With the European industry, university and research membership growing this reperesents an excellent opportunity to look at geospatial standards from a very "space" oriented perspective.

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Summary of the Workshop Models for Scientific Exploitation of EO data: Innovation, harmonization, technology
30 October 2012
   

The workshop has been organised by the HMA Architecture Working Group and held in ESA-ESRIN on 11th and 12th October, 2012. The objective of the workshop was to bring together data - and mission- owners with the research institutions and scientists using shared collaborative Ground Segment systems, to discuss the: - Collaborative definition of a h

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The HMA Technical Manual freely available for download
30 July 2012
   

The Heterogeneous Missions Accessibility Technical Manual is now freely downloadable from the ESA publications web site. This book provides an high level view on the results of several years of harmonisation and standardisation work in the critical area of ground segment interoperability of Earth Observation satellite missions. Under the auspices

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Scientific exploitation of EO data: moving to the Sentinel era
30 May 2012
   

The scientific exploitation of the EO data was one of RSS main goals, and the support to scientists RSS utmost priority. The attached paper outlines the model for research and service support to the PIs in their scientific work in particular when algorithm development, testing and validation over large amount of EO data is of concern. Immediately

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Broadcasting Africa
10 May 2012
   

The Broadcasting Africa service allows service providers and instiututions alike to distribute EO data and EO project files to receiving stations in Africa hosted by following institutions: CSE - Centre de Suivi Ecologique Agrhymet Regional Centre RCMRD - Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development Cape Town University SADC-BMS Southe

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Ordering Services Framework for Earth Observation Products
10 January 2012
   

The Ordering Services Framework for Earth Observation Products Interface Standard has been published by the Open Geospatial Consortium. The published document summarises several man years of work and a waealth of know how about Earth observation missions and EO product ordering. The document has been written by Daniele Marchionni of Telespazio wit

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Another step towards better interconnected ground segments
28 July 2011
   

The recent announcement of a contract awarded to study the definition and feasibility of Europe's Multinational Space-based Imaging System - MUSIS marks an additional step towards interoperability of ground segments. The completion of the HMA-FO tasks with several standardisation documents approved at the Open Geospatial Consortium offers the oppo

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Sen4Sci Announcement
9 May 2011
   

Dear Colleague, Draft documents outlining potential Sentinel science products for Land & Solid Earth, Ocean and Cryosphere are now available for public review until the end September 2011. Please, download the documents from: http://wiki.services.eoportal.org/tiki-index.php?page=Sentinel%20Wiki Following the instructions given there, please, u

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