ARSET Training: Connecting Citizen Science with Remote Sensing

Introductory Webinar: Connecting Citizen Science with Remote Sensing
January 24, 26 & 31, 2023
11:00-12:30 EST (UTC-5)

Citizen science projects provide the opportunity for community member volunteers to monitor the Earth. These projects have dramatically increased in the last decade and can provide great benefits to projects that combine Earth Observations with ground-based information in the fields of climate change, sustainable development, ecosystem monitoring and characterization, drought, and land cover or land-use change.

This training will provide attendees an overview of citizen science efforts that use Earth Observations, and how to engage with community members in a supportive and meaningful manner to achieve project goals. Attendees will also be provided with case-study examples of successful citizen science projects, with some examples from NASA supported projects and activities. We will highlight projects like NeMO-Net, a global coral reef classification with 2D and 3D images application combined with machine learning; Floating Forests, a Giant Kelp monitoring platform where participants can classify kelp in Landsat images; Snapshot Wisconsin, a project that uses images of wildlife from trail cameras to assist with habitat mapping; and Soundscapes to Landscapes, where bird diversity in California is monitored by identifying specific species through sound recordings. We will also highlight the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, an international science and education program, and GLOBE Observer, a citizen science app that allows volunteers in GLOBE countries to take observations and contribute to the community.


EXTENDED Call for Abstracts! OSOS-3 June 12-16, 2023 in South Korea

The Abstract Deadline has just been extended to December 11, 2022!

NOAA, EUMETSAT, and KHOA are pleased to announce the Third International Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium (OSOS-3) will convene in-person in Busan South Korea, June 12-16, 2023.

View the Call for Abstracts flyer here (note new abstract submission deadline is December 11, 2022)

The Executive Steering Committee and Scientific Programme Committee are pleased to invite you to attend the Third International Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium (OSOS-3) to be held in Busan, South Korea.

The meeting sessions will be held from 12-15 June 2023, with an optional training day on 16th June 2023. NOAA, EUMETSAT and KHOA are co-sponsors.

OSOS-3 will build upon the foundation set during the first symposium gathering in June 2019, and second virtual meeting in May 2021. Community members involved in all levels of the observation-to-information value chain, from data providers to users, of operational satellite oceanographic data, products and applications contributed prior OSOS outcomes and recommendations

The aims of OSOS-3 are to feature research and applications in Asia, the Pacific (including small Island nations), and high-latitudes. There will be a focus on engaging users on requirements and priorities, demonstrating the use of satellite data in coupled numerical models and emphasising socio-economic benefits from Earth Observation.

Some portions of this meeting may be live broadcast.  There will be no registration charge to attend this meeting, however, travel arrangements are on your own.  It is possible that limited travel funds will be available to assist early career scientists to attend.

Abstracts are due December 11, 2022.

Registration closes May 12, 2023.

More details and the abstract submission and registration links can be found on the meeting website.


Water-ForCE Webinar: Copernicus for Inland Water Biodiversity Monitoring

Advertised on behalf of Water-ForCE:

As climate change and other pressures from human activity drive biodiversity loss even further, there is a definite need to be able to assess and define the extent of the harm done. With biodiversity being necessary for natural processes that support life on Earth, and with healthy ecosystems relying on the abundance of a wide range of flora and fauna in the environment, we need to be able to see how these systems are affected across the many different ecosystems- including inland waters which provide key ecosystem services related to water.

For Water-ForCE’s eighth webinar, they will be looking at the ways that Copernicus services are being used to monitor biodiversity in inland waters.

When: November 30, 2022 16:00 – 17:00 CET.

Webinar format: Online event (link will be sent after registration).

Participation is free but does require registration.

Stay tuned for the speakers announcement!

For questions and further information please contact The Water-ForCE team



Water-ForCE is a Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action (2021-2023) dedicated to developing a roadmap for the water component for the future Copernicus services. Our goal is to address the current disconnects between remote sensing and in situ observation research, deliver clarity in terms of the needs and expectations of the public and private sectors of the core Copernicus Program and the wider research and business innovation opportunities.

This webinar series will address the relationship between water and public sector and business domains and ensure  all applications and domains are represented in the Water-ForCE Roadmap. Your views are important to develop the water component for the future Copernicus services.

Check out IGB-Berlin’s Igor Ogashawara as GEOWeek Panelist!

Did you miss GEO AquaWatch’s Igor Ogashawara’s (IGB-Berlin) participation in the GEO Week Panel: Youth Track: Water and Youth – Engaging the next generation in science and policy   (Tuesday 1 Nov, 11:00-12:30).  He also introduced our new GEO AquaWatch Early Career Society to the audience.  We hope it will serve as a welcome community for anyone who self-identifies as an Early Career professional in water quality.

You can check out the Video here (note advance to the 24.00 minute mark for this panel).

(reproduced from the GEO Week website)

Water is at the core of sustainable development. Access to sufficient quantity and quality of water is fundamental for human well-being, socio-economic development, the preservation of healthy ecosystems and to moderate climate change.

This session will focus on how the work of GEO, through its Members States, Participating Organizations and Work Programme activities converges with youth initiatives around water issues. This session will cover scientific, and policy related efforts taken by key actors to involve young people in activities linked to water.

Water is a key foundation for achieving Sustainable Development Goals 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) and 14 (life below water). Moreover, as water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation also affect the ecosystems’ resiliency, food production, industry, nutrition and human well-being worldwide, water is also related to SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequality), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action), and SDG 15 (Life on Land), and SDG 17 (Partnerships to achieve the Goal).

Chair: Albert DeGarmo (USA – NOAA)

  • WMO : Igor Chernov Youth engagement through the WMO Hydro Hub
  • AquaWatch: Igor Ogashawara
  • Colombia: – Oscar Daniel Beltrán Rodríguez – IDEAM (GEO contact in Colombia)
  • Stockholm Environment Institute + DRR WG + Water Youth Network: Nhilce Esquivel
  • Blue Planet: TBC with Blue Planet Early career oceanographers group.
  • OpenStreetMap Uganda: Maria Gorret Nabuwemboli

Check out this CCI Lakes News & Take the Survey!

News from the ESA Lakes Climate Change Initiative ‘Lakes_cci Project’!

The last version (2.0.2) of merged satellite products for the ECV –
Lakes, over the period 1992-2020 and for over 2000 inland water
bodies, is accessible at:

This dataset contains the following thematic climate variables: Lake
Water Level (LWL), Lake Water Extent (LWE), Lake Surface Water
temperature (LSWT), Lake Ice Cover (LIC), Lake Water-Leaving
Reflectance (LWLR).

FUTURE NEEDS SURVEY: A survey for collecting requirements to align the project with user  needs in the next three years of the project is accessible at:

or for QR code here


Please, provide your responses to help us to improve the project!