The 2016 European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium follows the previous successful symposia held in Edinburgh (2013), Bergen (2010), Montreux (2007) and Salzburg (2004). The event is organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic and the local support from Charles University in Prague.
The objectives of the ESA Living Planet Symposium are to:
- Present the progress and plans for the implementation of ESA Earth Observation strategy and the relevance of ESA's EO Programme to societal challenges, science and economy.
- Provide an international forum to scientists, researchers and users to present and share state of the art results based on ESA's Earth Observation and third-party mission data.
- Review the development of Earth Observation applications.
- Present the Copernicus space component and operational services.
- Report on ESA’s Exploitation Programmes (i.e. Climate Change Initiative, SEOM, DUE, VAE, STSE).
- Introduce the current and future planned Earth Observation missions.
- Outline ESA’s international cooperation in the field of Earth Observation.
- Provide dedicated thematic tutorials and demonstrations.
A key theme of the symposium is "Hazards" including:
- Hurricanes and high winds
Further themes include:
- Climate and meterology
- Solid Earth/Geodesy
- Near-Earth environment
- Methodologies and products
- Open science 2.0
Opening of registration to the symposium will occur in February 2016