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Albatrosses counted from space

04 May 2017

Scientists have started counting individual birds from space.

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Fort Bourtange, the Netherlands

This image of Fort Bourtange obtained by Pléiades was acquired in Feb, 2015.


Fort Bourtange is a star-shaped moat fort, located in the village of Bourtange in the east of Groningen in the Netherlands near the German border.

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AIRS: 15 years of seeing what’s in the air

04 May 2017

Accurate weather forecasts save lives. NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument, launched on this date 15 years ago on NASA's Aqua satellite, significantly increased weather forecasting accuracy within a couple of years by providing extraordinary three-dimensional maps of clouds, air temperature and water vapor throughout the atmosphere's weather-making layer. Fifteen years later, AIRS continues to be a valuable asset for forecasters worldwide, sending 7 billion observations streaming into forecasting centers every day.

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Sentinels detect and monitor forest fires

28 April 2017

Images from Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 have been combined to reveal that 36,000 ha of forest has burnt in the Republic of Congo in Africa.

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Antarctica’s troublesome ‘hairdryer winds’

30 April 2017

It's an ill wind that blows no good - at least not for the ice shelves on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Looking to the Moon to better measure climate change on Earth

28 April 2017

When American astronaut Alfred Worden, who was the command module pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971, was asked what he was feeling at that time, he replied: "Now I know why I'm here. Not for a closer look at the moon, but to look back at our home, the Earth."

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11th GEO European Project Workshop

19 - 21 June 2017

Organisations: European Commission and Finnish Meteorological Institute

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Workshop Overview:

The purpose of the conference is to bring together European stakeholders interested in and actively contributing to the Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS). The event is a forum to exchange ideas and inform participants about work and initiatives undertaken in the context of GEOSS.

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