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20 years of Earth data now at your fingertips

05 June 2018

Thanks to the efforts of several NASA teams, the public can now interactively browse all global imagery from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument quickly and easily from the comfort of a home computer.

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Cabo Verde

For World Oceans Day, Sentinel-3 takes us over the Atlantic Ocean and the Cabo Verde islands. This image was captured on 30 May 2018.

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Copernicus Sentinel-3B first Infrared image makes International Debut

06 June 2018

Almost 90 sea surface temperature experts from around the world today (06 June) have their first look at the infrared images just received from ocean-monitoring Copernicus satellite Sentinel-3B.

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Aeolus: Wind satellite weathers technical storm

09 June 2018

They say there is no gain without pain, but when the European Space Agency (Esa) set out in 2002 to develop its Aeolus satellite, no-one could have imagined the grief the project would bring.

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Study estimates Copernicus benefits to be 10 times its costs

08 June 2018

With its full, free and open data policy, Copernicus is a global game-changer in Earth Observation and is supporting a stronger Europe. Since 2014, the Copernicus ecosystem has displayed an annual growth of 17% and the number of users has doubled every year, currently reaching over 150,000. During the period 2017 – 2035, Copernicus is expected to generate €67 to €131 billion in benefits to the European society, which is 10 to 20 times the cost of the programme.

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Tropical cyclones are becoming sluggish

06 June 2018

The speed at which tropical cyclones travel has slowed globally in the past seven decades, especially over some coastlines. This effect can compound flooding by increasing regional total rainfall from storms.

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EO Summer School 2018

30 July - 10 August 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati (near Rome), Italy


ESA organises a series of summer schools on Monitoring of the Earth System to promote the exploitation of Earth Observation (EO) data across disciplines, with a specific focus on their assimilation into Earth System models.

The two-week course, held in ESA/ESRIN (near Rome, Italy), aims to provide students with an integrated end-to-end perspective going from measurement techniques to end-user applications. Courses include lectures covering issues related to Remote Sensing, Earth System Modelling and Data Assimilation as well as hands-on computing exercises on the processing of EO data. Keynote lectures on global change issues are also given to discuss the current state of the science of global change and its relationship to society in order to help students appreciate how their specific field fits into a broader scientific and political context. For more information, please see previous programme, news or video.

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Visit the eoPortal database to find out about spaceborne EO missions and sensors to discover more about past, operational and future missions. This is complemented with detailed articles of airborne sensors.

This database is based on the book of Herbert J. Kramer Observation of the Earth and its Environments and describes over 600 missions in detail. Online updated version of "Earth Observation History of Technical Introduction" available as of January 02, 2017.