Monthly Archives: October 2009

New Antarctic Polar View website launched

The Antarctic Polar View website has been dramatically updated to make access to images much easier. There are plenty of new features yet to come, but in the meantime please have a look and feedback is very welcome.

The other significant change this year is the much larger volume of Envisat ASAR imagery which is being acquired in the Antarctic. Thanks to the MyOcean project, ESA have put a serious amount of effort into delivering the necessary data. So expect to see regular ASAR acquisitions over most areas of Antarctic sea ice without needing to rely on specific requests.

Polar View Antarctica

Given that we have established this using OGC standards where practical, it has been relatively easy to think about developing an Arctic version of this site. More news on that later.

ESA Living Planet Symposium

The 2010 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium will take place in Bergen, Norway from 28 June to 2 July 2010. It follows the previous successful ENVISAT Symposia in Montreux (2007), Salzburg (2004), Gothenburg (2000), Florence (1997), Hamburg (1993) and Cannes (1992). The Symposium will provide an opportunity to present future ESA missions in development (GMES Sentinels, Earth Explorers and meteorological missions) and national EO missions.


Deadline for abstract submission is 15 November 2009. Details on themes and other details are available at the Symposium website.

New ERS-2 acquisitions planned for Antarctic

From ESA – O’Higgins (TF), Antarctica – acquisition campaign

An ERS-2 acquisition campaign is foreseen for the following period:

31 October – 11 December 2009

The baseline planning is available in the catalogue. Additional requests should be submitted through EOLI-SA according to the normal procedure.

If you are interested in submitting plans for acquisitions, please let me know.

ESA Climate Change Initiative Information

From ESA – the European Space Agency held an Information Day related to the ESA Climate Change Initiative on
Monday, 5th October 2009 at ESRIN premises in Frascati, Italy.

The overall objectives and implementation plan of the ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) were presented and the content,
schedule and requirements for these first eleven“Essential Climate Variables” CCI projects were presented and discussed
during the event.

All the presentations held during the event can be found on the following webpage at: -

Hi-Def Antarctic talk

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An abbreviated version of the presentation given last Friday at BAS is provided above. For the time being, I unfortunately cannot publish some of the hi-resolution images I showed. Please get in contact if you have any questions about these.