Conference on Earth Observing SmallSats

Topics Covered

Papers for this conference are solicited on all aspects of Earth observation using SmallSats (MicroSats, NanoSats, and CubeSats), which include but are not limited to:

  • Observing system concepts
  • Addressable grand challenges
  • Enabling technologies and their maturation
  • Research-to-operations pathways
  • Spacecraft and launch commercial provision
  • Miniaturized instrumentation and modeling
  • Observing system simulation experiments
  • Formations and constellations
  • Lessons learned and best practices
  • Collaboration opportunities
  • Initial results

The primary intent of this conference is to accelerate the emergence and mainstream research/operational adoption of highly affordable <500kg atmospheric, oceanographic, hydrospheric, biospheric, and cryospheric satellite observatories. A secondary  objective is to bring together scientists and technologists, students and new-career professionals, and catalyze the conception, initiation, and development of multiple, diverse, ground-breaking collaborative flight missions. The mainstream emergence of “U-class” miniaturized satellites will significantly transform how we plan and conduct future Earth and space science research and operations.


The 1st Conference on Earth Observing SmallSats, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, will be held 7–11 January 2018, as part of the 98th AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.  Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site ( in late-September 2017. The theme for the 2018 AMS Annual Meeting is “Transforming Communication in the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise—Focusing on Challenges Facing Our Sciences”. For the full description of the theme, please visit the AMS 2018 Annual Meeting Web page at If you would like to propose a session topic for this conference, the deadline is 1 May 2017. Additional details will be posted on our Web site: in the early-spring. The $95 abstract fee includes the submission of your abstract, the posting of your extended abstract, and the uploading and recording of your presentation which will be archived on the AMS Web site. Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by late-September 2017. All extended abstracts are to be submitted electronically and will be available on-line via the Web. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts will be posted on the AMS Web site.  Authors have the option to submit extended abstracts (up to 10 MB) electronically by 12 February 2018.  All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS Web site at no cost.


The conference organizers believe that the upcoming decade will enjoy an exponential growth in MicroSat, NanoSat, and CubeSat instrumentation, flights, and observations, with a commensurate explosive surge in collective contribution to Earth system science, application, and operations—from space weather to hydrology, spanning the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface. We encourage authors and innovators, students and professionals, to join us in and play a part in this revolution.

Conference Contact(s)

For additional information please contact the program chairperson(s), Philip Ardanuy (email:, Bob Bauer (e-mail:, Michael Johnson (e-mail:, Emil Kepco (e-mail:, or Carl Schueler (e-mail: