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Satellites guide ships in icy waters through the cloud

In late August, the 60 m-long US Coase Guard Cutter Maple completed its navigation through the Arctic's ice-ridden Northwest Passage. While this was not the first time ships had taken this route, it was the first time that the International Ice Patrol had provided iceberg information based exclusively on satellite imagery. Read the full story here

TEPs @EO Open Science

 


There was a good amount of interest towards TEPs in the EO Open Science 2017 conference last week, and many demos and interesting discussions were held with the visitors. 

You can revisit TEPs session at the following link: 

https://livestream.com/ESA/OpenScience2017/videos/163370875

With the majority of TEPS now in the pre-operations phase we look forward for other opportunities to meet all interested users.

TEPs @ Land Training Course

The "7th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing" has just concluded and we had the opportunity to join with the participants at the Szent István University, Gödöllő, Hungary.

The course was attended by more than 70 students from both academic and industrial sectors, representing more than 30 different countries. 

During the event a practical class on "Cloud Computing and the ESA Exploitation Platforms" was provided for the students and we had the opportunity to explain the challenges that the TEPs have faced and to give them the opportunity to experiment for themselves with the beta versions of the platforms, currently in pre-operations.

The students expressed interest in the usage of the TEPs for their research objectives and have now been invited to submit proposals to become early adopters and benefit from the expansion of the TEP user community.

The next opportunity to meet the TEP experts will be at the ESA EO Open Science where there will also be the possibility to join "hands on sessions" with each TEP.

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Geohazard TEP (GEP) expanding users' base

The GEP (Geohazard Thematic Exploitation Platform) Early Adopters programme is now welcoming new institutions with their users to take advantage of the platform capabilities.

Started in 2015 with 29 users, the GEP Early Adopters programme now includes 61 users and 54 different organisations from 19 countries, read more about this on the the GEP blog.

Users interested in geohazard analysis, GEP tools and the related products are invited to visit the Geohazard Portal.

Urban TEP in pre-operation phase

The Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform (U-TEP) has now entered the pre-operations phase.

Due to a new set of products with unique precision and consistency such as the Global Urban Footprint and the TimeScan, the U-TEP will enable analysis of the large-scale transformation occurring on the Earth: the Urban Era.

If you are interested in Urban analysis, U-TEP tools and the related products, please visit the Urban TEP website.

Coastal TEP Starts Pre-Operations

The Coastal Thematic Exploitation Platform  (C-TEP) has now entered the pre-operations phase.The existing pilot projects will be focused on exploitation of the Earth Observation data to generate and analyze indicators for aquaculture, water quality, integration of tools for information extraction from Earth Online data archives and altimetry analysis.

The C-TEP is currently inviting applications from the users interested in testing of the platforms capabilities and/or developing other relevant pilot projects.

If you are interested in testing the platform or taking part in validation activity, please contact and/or view.

Forestry TEP enters pre-operations phase

Forestry TEP has now entered the pre-operations phase, providing initial services for Forest Change, Land Cover, Biomass and Vegetation Indices as well as interactive toolboxes. Data is available from Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Landsat.

Two pilot projects will be executed for forest mapping with users in Mexico and Finland. For more information visit forestry-tep.eo.esa.int or contact forestry-tep@esa.int

 

Polar TEP starts pre-operations

The Polar Thematic Exploitation Platform (P-TEP) has now started the pre-operations phase. During this phase the P-TEP community will investigate current and future iceberg risk in Baffin Bay, Greenland.

A diverse set of data, processors and models will be deployed and integrated to allow users to investigate linkages between iceberg populations, observed and modelled changes in ice sheet movement and calving rates, ocean circulation, and iceberg trajectories. The integration of these components and toolsets will allow P-TEP users to ask questions about changing iceberg populations as part of, for example, climate change studies, infrastructure design, or ship routing decisions.

If you are interested in participating, please contact polar-tep@esa.int.

New products available on the Urban TEP

U-TEP reached a milestone recently with the integration of some 450 000 scenes from the US Landsat-8 mission acquired between 2013 and 2015. The 500 TB was reduced to about 25 TB thanks to the TimeScan processor developed by the DLR German Aerospace Center. The resulting TimeScan Landsat 2015 product is already available on the U-TEP geobrowser.

 

check the full article here

 

U-TEP is one of six Thematic Exploitation Platforms developed by ESA to serve data user communities. These cloud-based platforms provide an online environment to access information, processing tools and computing resources for collaboration. TEPs allow knowledge to be extracted from large environmental datasets produced through Europe's Copernicus programme and other Earth observation satellites.

Landslide Monitoring with Geohazards TEP

Geohazards Exploitation Platform has been used to produce a velocity map of the unstable area around the Aletsch Glacier, the largest in the Alps, which is experiencing an average retreat of about 50 m a year. The adjacent rocks that were previously constrained by the ice mass are progressively being released, generating slope instabilities. For this reason, the Aletsch region is a unique place where scientists can investigate how changes in glaciers affect the long- and short-term evolution of rock slope stability. Read the full story here

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Satellites_monitor_landslide_in_the_Alps

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The Geohazards TEP enables the use of satellite Earth observation data to support the user community.