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Mapping the world's forests

20 September 2017

Using satellite radar data, scientists have created a global map that quantifies the amount of wood in our forests – a key to understanding Earth's carbon cycle and, ultimately, climate change.

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Mangareva, French Polynesia

The KazEOSat-1 satellite acquired this view of Mangareva in 2016. One of the Gambier Islands, Mangareva is the largest island in French Polynesia.

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EUMETSAT and Arianespace sign contract for the launch of the first MetOp-SG satellites

11 September 2017

EUMETSAT and Arianespace announced the signature of a contract entrusting Arianespace with the launch of the first two Metop-SG satellites of the EUMETSAT Polar System of Second Generation plus an option for the launch of a third satellite.

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NASA-produced damage maps may aid Mexico quake response

21 September 2017

A NASA-produced map of areas likely damaged by the 19 September magnitude 7.1 Raboso earthquake near Mexico City has been provided to Mexican authorities to help responders and groups supporting the response efforts. The quake, which struck 75 miles (120 kilometres) south-east of Mexico City, caused significant loss of life and property damage.

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Ozone protection treaty marks 30th anniversary

15 September 2017

The Earth's protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery thanks to a highly successful environmental agreement which marks its 30th anniversary on 16 September.

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Australia to create national space agency

25 September 2017

Australia will establish a national space agency, the government has said. The country is largely reliant on overseas nations like the United States for its satellite and earth observation data.

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Proba-V Symposium 2018

29 - 31 May 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA) and Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO)

Location: Ostend, Belgium

Symposium overview:

The second Proba-V symposium will promote the scientific and operational exploitation of Proba-V data and is open to Proba-V users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries. It will cover the following objectives:

  • Provide an overview on current mission status, data quality and Cal/Val results
  • Gather and foster the Proba-V scientific and user community
  • Encourage international collaborations on land, water and cryosphere applications
  • Reinforce Proba-V's role as complement to Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 missions
  • Discuss data harmonization and synergy across sensors
  • Provide a forum to report results of on-going science activities using Proba-V data
  • Promote the use of Proba-V data for downstream operational services
  • Consult scientists to formulate recommendations for products improvements

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