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Ocean Surface Currents Meeting

6 May 2013

ESA is pleased to announce that the International Meeting to Explore the Scientific Challenges for Determining Ocean Surface Currents from Space , will take place 6-8 May 2013 at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Information on the meeting can be found HERE.

Background to the Meeting

Ocean Surface Currents (OSC) are the coherent horizontal movement of surface ocean water with a given velocity and an upper boundary in contact with the atmosphere that persist over a geographical region and time period. Measurements of OSC are fundamental to our understanding of ocean circulation at all time and space scales yet remain one of the last physical ocean variables to be directly measured by a space mission at high fidelity and mesoscale resolution. Such measurements are required to drive scientific understanding of ocean/atmosphere surface dynamics, constrain and validate ocean forecasting systems, support marine industries, and provide government agencies sufficient information to develop and monitor marine policies. Key scientific aspects to consider include

A variety of satellite missions and measurement techniques with complementary characteristics are available. But today, no space mission exists to directly measure useful OSC at the required resolution. Against this background, the aim of this meeting is to:

Review scientific priorities and measurement techniques to determine ocean surface currents from space.


The objectives for the meeting are:

Oral and Poster contributions are welcome on all aspects of ocean surface current measurements from space. Those providing an innovative view of future priorities and techniques will be given preference at the meeting.

Draft Program

Abstract Submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit a 1-page abstract containing the following information:

On-line abstract submission is available HERE.

The abstract submission deadline is 21 February 2013.

For changes to your abstract after submission, please access the following available page and make use of your personal login and password (that you will receive with the submission confirmation email).

Authors will be notified of the decision of the Committee by 1 April 2013.


Registration for this workshop is free of charge.
Due to limited space, it is mandatory to register through the online registration form. Attendance is on a first come - first serve basis.

The online registration form is available HERE.

Hotel Reservations

More information on hotel reservations will be made available soon.

Calendar of events

Abstract submission deadline

21 February 2013

Notification to authors

1 April 2013

Publication of programme

29 April 2013


6-8 May 2013


The conference will be held at the Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC), located 40km south-west of Amsterdam International Airport.


ESA Conference Bureau
PO Box 299
2200 AG Noordwijk
T: +31 (0) 71 565 5005
F: +31 (0) 71 565 6558


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