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Monitoring Earth’s skin heat for crops and climate

22 July 2019

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A bright red twin-engined aircraft, equipped with ultra-high-resolution thermal imaging technology has been scouring the agricultural heartlands of Europe this summer. It was no search and rescue exercise, but an initial step towards building a proposed new satellite system capable of recording the temperature of Earth's skin in intricate detail.

The objective is to work towards increasing the resilience of agriculture to future water scarcity and variability, but it will also deepen our understanding of Earth's climate system.

Source: ESA

Image credit: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018), processed by ESA - Land-surface temperature from Copernicus Sentinel-3

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