Scientific Topics

Description of the Topics to guide the Abstracts Submission.


Earth Observation in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals

Brief Description
The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a global development agenda for the progress on economic, social and environmental sustainability for all countries and stakeholders. Nowadays, most -if not all- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) maybe pursued with the robust potential of Earth Observation data and products guaranteeing their applicability both in space and time. This topic focusses on the use of Earth Observation to achieving SDGs and, more specifically, geophysical and climate-related SDGs related to agriculture, water, energy, terrestrial and marine ecosystems, climate change impacts and adaptation, carbon and water footprints, etc. It is desirable that solutions proposed to achieve the SDGs are nature-based solutions that are measures that protect, sustainably manage or restore nature, with the goal of maintaining or enhancing ecosystem services to address a variety of social, environmental and economic challenges (OECD).
Related Topics
  • Food security and sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable water management
  • Sustainable development and the water-energy-food nexus
  • Terrestrial ecosystems: forest management, land productivity and land degradation, biodiversity loss
  • Water quality, coastal waters, marine resources for sustainable development
  • Climate change impacts. Adaptation to climate change
  • Resilient and sustainable cities
  • Carbon and water footprints

New Space: Disruptive Space Technologies and Innovations

Brief Description
Studies related to all kinds of Disruptive Space Technologies and Innovations can be submitted. The approach can involve aspects of hardware and firmware applications to space missions in general.
Related Topics
  • Embedded Electronics for Satellite applications
  • Satellite communications systems
  • Computer Systems for Space Applications
  • On Board Computers for CubeSat applications
  • Error Correction Codes for space applications

Deep Space Missions

Brief Description
Studies related to all kinds of deep space missions can be submitted. The approach can involve aspects of the dynamics of the spacecraft or the system to be explored, the results of the mission data analysis, or new deep space missions proposal.
Related Topics
  • Small bodies space missions
  • Astrobiology
  • Exploration of the Moon
  • Exoplanets
  • Missions to planets of the outer solar system

Air and Aerospace Economics

Brief Description
Related Topics
  • Transformation of space, opportunity and challenge of traditional companies
  • Spatial development: the commercial and the military walking together
  • Prospecting, Protection and Investments at New Space: Startups and Spinoffs
  • Earth Observation and Business Opportunities

The Continental Water Cycle from Space: The Swot Mission

Brief Description
Climate, weather, and human life are profoundly affected by changes in Earth's continuous, interconnected "water cycle". Observing and monitoring the key variables governing the global water cycle is essential to our understanding of the Earth's climate, monitoring floods and droughts, and improving water management for human use. The progress of Earth Observation Satellite Technologies (EO) has made it possible since at least the last 40 years to survey several of these key water variables from space. In the coming years, an increasing number of EO missions, like SWOT, will offer an unprecedented capacity to observe the Earth's surface, its interior and the atmosphere, ushering in a new era in the science of the Earth environment and the water cycle. A special focus will be proposed on the application of these techniques in water scarce regions like Nordeste/Ceara and on the detection of the small hydrological entities (small reservoirs, for example) which are a challenge for remote sensing. We encourage presentations on the use of innovative data science methods and artificial intelligence for processing water related satellite data.
Related Topics
  • Hydrology; surface waters; River and lakes monitoring and prediction
  • Floods and droughts impact monitoring
  • Water cycle; water budget
  • Water management; water resources
  • Special focus: Monitoring of waters and water related risk in arid/semi-arid regions