Next Living Planet Symposium!

Category : Cal/Val, Data, Model, Satellite, ground measurements

…. from the LPS16 Organising Committee team

Dear colleague,

We would like to kindly remind you that the deadline for submitting abstracts to ESA’s Living Planet Symposium 2016 is 16 October 2015.

On the Symposium website (, you will find more information about the event that will be held in Prague (Czech Republic) 9-13 May 2016 including the link to submit your abstracts

SMOS RSE special issue deadline postponed

Category : Cal/Val, Data, L1, L2, L3, L4, Model, Ocean, ground measurements

Dear colleague,

With regards to your potential contribution to the Special Issue on SMOS in Remote Sensing of Environment, we would like to notify you that the deadline for full paper submissions has been extended until 31st July 2015. Please be aware that this deadline change is final and no exceptions will be allowed after this date.

In case you have already submitted your paper, please disregard this message.

To submit your paper, please go to and select the option ‘submit paper’ from the menu bar near the upper left corner of the page. During the submission process, please make sure to select ‘SMOS 5 Years’ in the dropdown menu when choosing the article type, as demonstrated in the attached image.

Accepted papers will be published online as soon as possible following a final editing procedure by the Publisher. Once again, we encourage you to critically check your list of authors against the RSE guidelines on authorship ( to ensure appropriate representation of effort.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Yours sincerely,
Susanne Mecklenburg
On behalf of the editors for the Special Issue on SMOS in RSE

Earth Observation for Water Cycle Science 2015

Category : Data, Model

The Earth Observation for Water Cycle Science 2015will take place on October 20-23 2015
at ESA-ESRIN (Frascati, Italy)

Deadline: 30 April 2015


Five years ago, ESA, GEWEX, and EGU organized the first EO for Water Cycle Science Conference at ESA-ESRIN. For the 2015 Conference, we are again planning for a wide discussion and networking forum for the water and energy, climate, hydrology, modeling, and EO communities to review the latest advances in the use of EO for water cycle science and discuss the main scientific opportunities and research challenges for the future.

The objectives of this topical conference, jointly organized by ESA and GEWEX, are:

  • Review the latest contributions of EO to water cycle science and related processes understanding, and identify the main scientific challenges for the future.
  • Assess the advances in water cycle satellite observations, their uncertainties and consistency (e.g., precipitation, clouds, water vapor, soil moisture, water levels, surface water, and groundwater measurements as well as land and ocean heat fluxes and the Earth radiation budget).
  • Identify novel and enhanced satellite-based geophysical data sets, algorithms and methods necessary to ensure an accurate and consistent characterization of the water cycle.
  • Identify current gaps in observations and review emerging mission concepts and novel observational principles that may lead to future satellite observation systems.
  • Assess the main needs in modeling and data assimilation of EO-based observations to improve our knowledge of the water cycle science and our ability to quantify future changes in water cycle, extreme events and hydrological hazards.
  • Consolidate a scientific roadmap outlining the main priorities for the future.

On behalf of the organizing committee, I invite you to participate and contribute to this conference.

Please submit your abstracts before the 30th April 2015 using the dedicated link in the conference web site (

Diego Fenandez Prieto (ESA)
Graeme Stephens (NASA)
Michael Rast (ESA)
Peter van Oevelen (GEWEX)
Sonia Seneviratne (ETH-Zurich)

MARK your Calendars !!

Category : CATDS, Cal/Val, Data, L1, L2, L3, L4, Model, Ocean, Satellite, Training

The 2nd SMOS SCIENCE CONFERENCE (25-29 May 2015) and the SMOS TRAINING COURSE (18-22 May 2015) will take place at ESA-ESAC, near Madrid (Spain).

For further information on both events please see

The deadline for submission of abstracts for the SMOS science conference and applications for the SMOS training course is 16 January 2015.

The 2nd SMOS Science Conference will be jointly organised by ESA, CNES and SMOS-MODE.

By 2015, the SMOS mission will have been in orbit for more than five years, providing a continuous stream of high quality data products. Being a water cycle mission, SMOS observations have been used by rather distinct science communities addressing oceanography, land surface hydrology, and meteorology over a wide range of applications. The focus of this conference will deviate from previous events in that the emphasis will be on applications of SMOS data, including operational services, the development of novel data products, the synergistic use of SMOS data with other data sources and the potential of SMOS data for the generation of long-term data sets. The workshop will also cover common themes such as the quality of the Level 1 data products and calibration and validation activities.

The 2nd SMOS Science Conference will be preceded by a SMOS Training Course on 18-22 May 2015, organised by CESBIO and held as well at the ESA-ESAC premises near Madrid. The course will provide an opportunity to learn how to work with level 1 (brightness temperature) and level 2 (soil moisture and ocean salinity) data provided by the SMOS mission. The deadline for applications is 16 January. To submit your applications please go to –> Training Course and use the link on the bottom of the page.
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