Public surveys at ESO

Magda Arnaboldi, Nausicaa Delmotte, Michael Hilker, Gaitee Hussain, Laura Mascetti, Alberto Micol, Monika Petr-Gotzens, Marina Rejkuba, Jörg Retzlaff, Steffen Mieske, Thomas Szeifert, Rob Ivison, Bruno Leibundgut, Martino Romaniello

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ESO has a strong mandate to survey the Southern Sky. In this article, we describe the ESO telescopes and instruments that are currently used for ESO Public Surveys, and the future plans of the community with the new wide-field-spectroscopic instruments. We summarize the ESO policies governing the management of these projects on behalf of the community. The on-going ESO Public Surveys and their science goals, their status of completion, and the new projects selected during the second ESO VISTA call in 2015/2016 are discussed. We then present the impact of these projects in terms of current numbers of refereed publications and the scientific data products published through the ESO Science Archive Facility by the survey teams, including the independent access and scientific use of the published survey data products by the astronomical community.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationObservatory Operations
Subtitle of host publicationStrategies, Processes, and Systems VI
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601994
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2016
EventObservatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 20161 Jul 2016


ConferenceObservatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • astronomical archives
  • data management
  • ESO
  • observatory operations
  • Phase 3
  • Public Surveys
  • science data products
  • surveys


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