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Vega to take Spain's SEOSAT–Ingenio into orbit

20 May 2019

ESA and Arianespace have signed a contract that secure the SEOSAT–Ingenio Earth observation satellite's ride into orbit next year on a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

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World Space Alliance kicks off

20 May 2019

While scientists and data users continue to discuss the latest findings about our changing world and the space technologies that are needed to learn more, this week's Living Planet Symposium has also been the forum to forge and strengthen alliances. And, today sees the start of a two-year pilot for the ESA–SAP World Space Alliance.

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The air we Breathe

20 May 2019

Air pollution is a global environmental health problem, especially for those living in urban areas. Not only does it negatively impact our ecosystems, it considerably affects our health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 8 million premature deaths per year are linked to air pollution, more than double of previous estimates.

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Satellites yield insight into not so permanent permafrost

17 May 2019

Ice is without doubt one of the first casualties of climate change, but the effects of our warming world are not only limited to ice melting on Earth's surface. Ground that has been frozen for thousands of years is also thawing, adding to the climate crisis and causing immediate problems for local communities.

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Seasonal Monsoon Rains Block Key Ocean Current

17 May 2019

Our oceans and the complex "conveyer belt" system of currents that connects them play an important role in regulating global climate. The oceans store heat from the Sun, and ocean currents transport that heat from the tropics to the poles. They release the heat and moisture into the air, which moderates climate nearby. But what happens if part of that conveyer belt jams?

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SSTL welcomes Thai engineers for THEOS-2 programme

16 May 2019

SSTL has welcomed Customer Engineers from the Thai Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency to Guildford to participate in the THEOS-2 SmallSAT Earth Observation project.

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Antarctic instability 'is spreading'

16 May 2019

Almost a quarter of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet can now be considered unstable, according to a new assessment of 25 years of satellite data.

By unstable, scientists mean more ice is being lost from the region than is being replenished through snowfall.

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Landsat collection 2 summary, sample metadata now available

15 May 2019

With the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) putting the finishing touches on its Landsat Collection 2 product, it's taking several steps to ensure that the Landsat user community has sufficient time to augment its current Landsat Collection-based data processing flow.

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Water Cycle Wrapped

15 May 2019

As our climate changes, the availability of freshwater is a growing issue for many people around the world. Understanding the water cycle and how the climate and human usage is causing shifts in natural cycling processes is vital to safeguarding supplies. While numerous satellites measure individual components of the water cycle, it has never been described as a whole over a particular region – until now.

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Monitoring Earth’s shifting land

15 May 2019

The monitoring of land subsidence is of vital importance for low-lying countries, but also areas which are prone to peculiar ground instability.

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3D Earth in the making

15 May 2019

A thorough understanding of the ‘solid Earth' system is essential for deciphering the links between processes occurring deep inside Earth and those occurring nearer the surface that lead to seismic activity such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the rise of mountains and the location of underground natural resources. Thanks to gravity and magnetic data from satellites along with seismology, scientists are on the way to modelling inner Earth in 3D.

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Tug-of-war drives magnetic north sprint

15 May 2019

As far as we know, Earth's magnetic north has always wandered, but it has recently gained new momentum and is making a dash towards Siberia at a pace not seen before. While this has some practical implications, scientists believe that this sprint is being caused by tussling magnetic blobs deep below our feet.

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EUMETSAT, Japanese space agency to cooperate on greenhouse gas monitoring

14 May 2019

EUMETSAT and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) today signed an agreement which will result in the agencies working closely together to monitor greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere.

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Joining forces on Earth science to benefit society

13 May 2019

With human activity leaving its indelible mark on the landscape and affecting the climate, our natural world is changing faster than at any other time in history. Science is fundamental to understanding environmental change so that these huge challenges can be tackled. To ensure a more efficient approach on Earth-system science and to bring direct benefits to society, ESA and the European Commission are working to join forces.

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NASA's GRACE: What We've Learned from Water in Motion

13 May 2019

When you hear news about ice loss from Greenland or Antarctica, an aquifer in California that is getting depleted, or a new explanation for a wobble in Earth's rotation, you might not realize that all these findings may rely on data from one single mission: the U.S.-German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE).

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Aeolus: Wind-mapping space laser is losing power

13 May 2019

Europe's Aeolus satellite was launched last year to gather data to improve weather forecasts, and its observations have unquestionably proved their worth.

However, the laser is now degrading and has already lost half its power.

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UAE Space Agency to launch satellite developed by students

12 May 2019

The UAE Space Agency and EXOLAUNCH on Sunday announced a satellite developed by UAE students will be launched into orbit by the end of this year.

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Tracking basking sharks with satellites in the Channel Islands

10 May 2019

Spring is notoriously windy along the coast of California. Strong northwest winds can cause hazardous sea states to crop up out of nowhere, especially in the Santa Barbara Channel. But as dawn broke on a crisp April morning, the first rays of light revealed a glassy, calm channel. Not so much as a ripple disturbed the surface. These were perfect conditions for spotting one of the most elusive visitors to the channel's waters: basking sharks.

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Copernicus Sentinel-1 supports detection of shoreline positions

09 May 2019

Remote sensing and satellite imagery have become common use in monitoring and modelling of various biological and physical characteristics of Earth - now Copernicus Sentinel-1 is giving a new approach for monitoring the evolution of shorelines.

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Copernicus Hackathons foster new business ideas with Copernicus data

09 May 2019

The Copernicus Hackathons are a valuable asset of Europe's Earth Observation (EO) programme: Copernicus Hackathons foster the use of Copernicus free and open data amongst different developer communities. They are one of the four elements of the Copernicus Start-up Programme of the European Commission (EC), which is composed of:

  • Copernicus Hackathons
  • Copernicus Accelerator
  • Copernicus Incubation Programme
  • Copernicus Masters

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