Abstract deadline extended for Living Planet Symposium
At the request of scientists, the abstract submission deadline for ESA’s Living Planet Symposium, to be held from 28 June – 2 July 2010 in Bergen, Norway, has been extended from 15 November to 1 December. The meeting will provide a forum for scientists to discuss the latest results and technologies related to Earth observation satellite data exploitation.
Nearly 1000 scientific researchers and operational users are expected to attend the symposium, previously named the Envisat Symposium, where they will present results and compare findings of ongoing research activities using data from ESA’s Envisat, ERS-2 and Third Party Mission satellites.
The event will also provide the first opportunity to present in-orbit results from the first three ESA Earth Explorers: GOCE on Tuesday 29 June, SMOS on Wednesday 30 June and CryoSat on Thursday 1 July.
Presentations, posters and demonstrations will focus on the atmosphere, meteorology and climate, oceanography, the cryosphere, land applications and hazards. Tutorials and applications on land, ocean, atmosphere and the cryosphere are scheduled for Sunday 27 June, the day before the official opening session.
Special sessions will be dedicated to Earth observation (EO) services and applications developed within the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme, including the Sentinels.
A session on ESA’s Climate Change Initiative (CCI) is scheduled for Thursday 1 July. The CCI aims to exploit the historical archives of ESA and Third Party Mission satellites to address the requirements for a set of long term and consistent Essential Climate Variables. The variables were defined by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) to support the work of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The symposium follows the previous successful Envisat and ERS symposia in Montreux (2007), Salzburg (2004), Gothenburg (2000), Florence (1997), Hamburg (1993) and Cannes (1992). The symposium is organised by ESA with the support of the Norwegian Space Centre and the Nansen Centre Bergen.
Bergen, the second largest city on the west coast of Norway, offers a large range of accommodations and is the point of departure of fjord cruises as well as train journeys between the high mountains and the fjords.
A scientific committee comprised of more than 120 scientists from 23 different countries will review the received abstracts. Notifications of abstract acceptance will be sent in February 2010.
Further information is available online at www.esa.int/LivingPlanet2010 .