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Monday, 20/Mar/2017:
9:30am - 12:10pm

Chair: Rune Floberghagen
Chair: David J. Knudsen
Chair: Tommaso Parrinello

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9:30am - 9:50am

Opening address by the President of the Canadian Space Agency Sylvain Laporte

Sylvain Laporte

Canadian Space Agency


9:50am - 10:10am

Opening by the Director of ESA Earth Observation Programmes Josef Aschbacher

Josef Aschbacher



10:10am - 10:30am

Opening address by the Director NASA Earth Science Division Michael Freilich

Michael Freilich



10:30am - 10:50am

Welcome address by the Vice President of the University of Calgary Professor Ed McCauley

Ed McCauley

University of Calgary


10:50am - 11:10am

The Citizen Scientist - A New Era

Eric Frank Donovan

University of Calgary, Canada

We are in the midst of a technological revolution. Scientific programs are turning Earth's environment into a sensor web, and at the same time, citizen scientists are discvering new pheonomema using inexpensive and powerful consumer-grade sensors. IN this talk, I will explore how a new geospace phenomena, colloquillaly called 'Steve', has been discovered by citizen scientists, brought to the attention of auroral researches, and explained by observatioins from the Swarm constellation.

11:10am - 11:30am

Keynote address by professor Andrew Shepherd on the impact of Cryosat for the understanding of polar regions in the context of global change

Andrew Shepherd

University of Leeds


11:30am - 11:50am

Address by professor Michael Sideris, President of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, representing all Earth scientists around the globe

Michael Sideris

International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics


11:50am - 12:10pm

Status of the ESA Earth Explorer Missions

Mark Drinkwater, Pierluigi Silvestrin, Roger Haagmans, Erik de Witte, Michael Rast

European Space Agency

With the recent successes of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes, through the realization of highly successful Earth Explorers, the launch of the first in the series of operational Sentinel satellites for Copernicus, the development of sophisticated meteorological satellites, and with the rapidly increasing power of technologies for data processing, analysis and dissemination, Europe has entered a new era for the development and exploitation of Earth-observing satellites. An important part of these ESA Programmes are its science-driven Earth Explorer missions which are distinguished by unique scientific objectives, focused on some of today’s most important urgent scientific concerns in order to respond to a broad range of demands, from the challenges of understanding climate change to supporting a multitude of human activities on Earth and measuring their impact on the natural environment.

As of today, four out of the seven approved Earth Explorer missions have been launched: GOCE (2009), SMOS (2009), CryoSat (2010), and Swarm (2013). The last three are successfully operating while GOCE reentered the atmosphere in 2013 as a successful conclusion to its extended mission. These satellites each carry fundamentally new instrument technologies and the data that they are reporting are yielding fundamentally new insights into different aspects of the Earth system. Four other Explorer missions: ADM-Aeolus, EarthCARE, Biomass and FLEX are in varying stages of development and are planned to be launched in the coming years.

This presentation will place the Earth Explorers in the context of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes, and will provide an overview of their respective scientific objectives and observational capabilities, together with some of the highlights of the Explorer missions in operation or main characteristics of the missions being currently built. Further, it will outline the expected next steps in the programme in the near future.

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