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ESA promotes satellites to reduce impact of disasters in developing countries

10 August 2018

A new European Space Agency (ESA) project aims to allow developing countries to have greater access to powerful Earth observation tools in order to reduce risks linked to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or volcanic eruptions.

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Expedition Probes Ocean’s Smallest Organisms for Climate Answers

10 August 2018

Satellite images of phytoplankton blooms on the surface of the ocean often dazzle with their diverse colors, shades and shapes. But phytoplankton are more than just nature's watercolors: They play a key role in Earth's climate by removing heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis.

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Satellite data allows real-time detection of potential fires

09 August 2018

A test pilot Fire Detection Service, based on real-time processing of Landsat-8 data is being assessed within the framework of ESA's Earthnet Programme.

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NASA Finds Amazon Drought Leaves Long Legacy of Damage

09 August 2018

A single season of drought in the Amazon rainforest can reduce the forest's carbon dioxide absorption for years after the rains return, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. This is the first study to quantify the long-term legacy of an Amazon drought.

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Changing Waters

08 August 2018

The chemistry of our oceans is changing. NOAA satellites are gathering data that shows the coastline of the Atlantic is absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) than ever before in human history, mirroring the increase of the gas in our atmosphere. The result is something we can't always see with our eyes, or even notice from the coast.

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Satellite system aims to improve forecasting of extreme weather

06 August 2018

A new entity has launched that aims to improve the monitoring and forecasting of extreme weather and natural disasters with a constellation of 40 satellites.

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When the heat gets tough ...

06 August 2018

Since early spring Belgium and large parts of north-western Europe are facing one of the most intense regional droughts of the past decades. It is part of a larger heat wave affecting the northern hemisphere, caused by a weaker jet stream which is  further north than usual.

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The Arctic Carbon Cycle is Speeding Up

03 August 2018

When people think of the Arctic, snow, ice and polar bears come to mind. Trees? Not so much. At least not yet.

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Tracking Scotland's wildfires from space

02 August 2018

In this summer of wildfires across Europe, breakthroughs in satellite imaging are helping scientists in Scotland better understand them in real time.

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NASA Scientist Reveals Details of Icy Greenland’s Heated Geologic Past

01 August 2018

By mapping the heat escaping from below the Greenland Ice Sheet, a NASA scientist has sharpened our understanding of the dynamics that dominate and shape terrestrial planets.

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Imaging technology could bring more targeted Earth observation

26 July 2018

Imaging technology which could enable more targeted observation of environmental conditions on Earth is being developed in research led at the University of Strathclyde.

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Data from Earth observation satellites could help make travel on lake ice safer

26 July 2018

In fall 2017, as part of its Earth Observation Applications Development Program, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) issued an Announcement of Opportunity to support research and development on the integration of data from multiple sources.

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Local Winds Play Key Role in Some Megafires

25 July 2018

Although drought and overgrown forests are often blamed for major fires in the western United States, new research using unique NASA before-and-after data from a megafire site indicates that highly localized winds sometimes play a much larger role -- creating large, destructive fires even when regional winds are weak.

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Fires, Floods and Satellite Views: Modeling the Boreal Forest’s Future

25 July 2018

A new study shows that as those fires scorched a region of boreal forest the size of Maryland, they released half as much carbon back into the atmosphere as all the plants, shrubs and trees in Canada typically store in an entire year.

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Space-age tech offers timely crop data relief

24 July 2018

An ambitious collaboration project to harness space technology and bring sustainable productivity to rice and oil palm farmers in Colombia entered a crucial phase this month with the start of technical training workshops in Cali, the country's second largest city and Pacific gateway.

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Global study of world’s beaches shows threat to protected areas

18 July 2018

A first-of-its-kind survey of the world's sandy shorelines with satellite data found that they have increased slightly on a global scale over the past three decades but decreased in protected marine areas, where many beaches are eroding.

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Tracking lightning from Space: How satellites keep you safe during thunderstorms?

16 July 2018

Lightning strikes, giant sparks of electricity in Earth's atmosphere that are hotter than the surface of the sun, are a major hazard during thunderstorms. Knowing when and where lightning is occurring can tell us a lot about a storm - including its location, whether it's intensifying, and if the storm is capable of producing severe weather.

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India's deadly Monsoon Rainfall measured with NASA's IMERG

16 July 2018

India's southwest monsoon normally occurs between June and September and is known for being a summertime rainy season.

This year's monsoon has been assessed as average but India's Meteorological Department statistics show that daily mean rainfall for the country has recently been above normal. At least 15 people were killed by floods and landslides in India on Wednesday, 11July 2018. So far this year, close to 200 deaths may have resulted from India's heavy monsoon rainfall.

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It’s all go in summer for Greenland’s glaciers

13 July 2018

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission has revealed that, on average, Greenland's glaciers are now flowing more slowly into the Arctic Ocean. While glacial flow may have slowed overall, in summer glaciers flow 25% faster than they do in the winter.

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Help NASA track and predict mosquito-borne disease outbreaks

02 July 2018

Picnics, parades and fireworks are the attributes of a grand July Fourth celebration. So are the itch and scratch of mosquito bites. While the bites are annoying, they don't tend to stop the festivities. However, certain types of mosquitoes can cause serious harm. They are known to carry and spread diseases like Zika, West Nile Virus and malaria.

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