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The importance of observations of the Earth from space is increasing every day. We are all more or less familiar with meteorological and communication satellites. We are maybe less familiar with other application of Earth observation from space. Satellites provide a huge variety of global, repetitive and homogeneous observations that increase our knowledge of the solid Earth and its fluid envelopes. Moreover the near-real-time data delivery, of the order of a few hours, makes it possible to use them for natural resources management, environmental monitoring and disaster management…. In this GIFT-2009 workshop, we try to give you a general overview of all these different aspects of space observation of our planet.

List of Solicited Speakers

Francesco Sarti (italy), Jérôme Benveniste (Italy), Hartmut Grassl (Germany), Anny Cazenave (France), Andreas Kääb (Norway), Manuela Hirschmugl, (Austria), Laure Resplandy (France), Laurence Durand (France), Christina Klose (Germany)


  • European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
  • Direction des Sciences de la Matière of the “Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique”
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Associazione per la Geofisica « Licio Cernobori » in Trieste, Italy
  • The Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Generalitat de Catalunya


Sunday, 19 April 2009

  • Guided tour of the vienna museum of natural history

    Herbert Summesberger
    Vienna Museum of Natural History

Monday, 20 April 2009

  • Opening of the workshop

    Tujia Pulkkinen
    Vice-President EGU
    Carlo Laj
    Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement Gif-sur-Yvette, France

  • The Earth observation programme of ESA

    Francesco Sarti
    Scientific Coordinator of the Education and Training Activities
    Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes
    ESA/ESRIN Frascati (Italy)

  • Current and future satellite radar altimetry missions for hydrology and the river & lake project

    Jérôme Benveniste
    ESA/ESRIN Frascati (Italy)

  • Observation of the changing Earth from space

    Hartmut Grassl
    Max Planck Institute for Meteorology,
    Hamburg, Germany

  • Observing the solid Earth, oceans and land waters from space

    Anny Cazenave
    Laboratoire d’Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiale (LEGOS)
    Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) Toulouse – France

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

  • The view from afar: space observation of glaciers and related hazards

    Andreas Kääb
    Department of Geosciences
    University of Oslo, Norway

  • Volcano monitoring from space

    Pierre Briole
    Department of Geology
    Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

  • Report on the AGU GIFT workshop in San Francisco

    Friedrich Barnikel (Germany, Heldér Pereira (Portugal)
    Petr Pudivitr (Czech Republic)

  • Visit to the united nation office for outer space affairs (unoosa)

    Werner Balogh

  • Redd pilot project in cameroon: method development and first results

    Manuela Hirschmugl,
    Institute of Digital Image Processing
    Graz, Austria

  • Learning from satellite ocean color: bio-physical interactions at small-scale

    Laure Resplandy
    Laboratoire d’Océanographie et du Climat: Expérimentation et
    Approche Numérique (LOCEAN), Paris, France

  • Satellites in the classroom!

    Mehdi Rajade
    Collège André Lahaye
    Andernos-les-bains, France

  • A web site for teaching purposes

    Laurence Durand
    Lycée Camille Saint Saens
    Rouen, France

  • Bringing science to life for students, teachers and the community

    Kimberly Pratt, Alisha Valine, Keith Guernsey
    Alvarado Elementary School, Union City, CA USA

  • Satellite images for science education in high schools

    Christina Klose
    University of Oldenburg
    Oldenburg, Germany

  • ESA school atlas. the new way of teaching geography

    Lothar Beckel
    GEOSPACE International, Salzburg, Austria

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