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OCO-2 lifts off on carbon-counting mission

02 July 2014

A Delta II rocket blazed off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early Wednesday morning to begin a landmark mission to survey carbon dioxide gas in Earth's atmosphere.

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Super Typhoon Neoguri

Super Typhoon Neoguri, the strongest typhoon in the 2014 Western Pacific season, can be seen in this infrared MetOp-B image, acquired on 07 July 2014.

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First images from SPOT 7 satellite within three days after launch

04 July 2014

Airbus Defence and Space has published the first images obtained from the SPOT 7 satellite, a mere three days after its launch on 30 June.

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Early flood prediction gets a boost from space

06 July 2014

Researchers have figured out a new way to predict which rivers are most at risk of dangerous flooding.

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Public consultation on sharing spatial information in Europe shows benefits and obstacles

30 June 2014

Better data retrieval and access, greater interoperability of data and improved coordination across the EU top the list of benefits perceived by both data producers and users of spatial information on the environment.

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The Philippines to launch microsatellite in 2016

30 June 2014

The Philippines is blasting off into the space age with the planned launching of its own microsatellite in July 2016, with the cooperation of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

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Workshop on novel mission concepts for snow and Cryosphere research

16 - 17 September 2014

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Noordwijk, the Netherlands

Workshop Overview:

Earth Observation has demonstrated that it is a suitable technology to support Cryosphere research and applications, providing unique information to advance the scientific understanding of cryospheric processes and their link to climate change.

ESA, through the results of ERS-1, ERS-2, Envisat and CryoSat, has contributed significantly to this understanding. In the future, the Sentinel series will maintain this contribution providing continuous and long-term data streams to address numerous scientific and operational aspects on Cryosphere research and applications.

A significant amount of data have been also collected through different targeted ESA campaigns providing a unique set of new airborne observations and in-situ data that support the scientific community to further advance in the development and consolidation of novel observational principles and retrieval techniques. These data represent an additional opportunity to explore and advance in the definition of novel mission concepts for the Cryosphere with a special emphasis on snow.

By reviewing recent field campaign based on ground, airborne and satellite observations the workshop will provide a state-of-the-art overview of techniques to observe snow properties by taking snow in other cryosphere disciplines into account.

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