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New online tool tracks tree loss in 'near real time'

21 February 2014

A new global monitoring system has been launched that promises "near real time" information on deforestation around the world.

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NASA satellites see Arctic surface darkening faster

18 February 2014

The retreat of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is diminishing Earth's albedo, or reflectivity, by an amount considerably larger than previously estimated, according to a new study that uses data from instruments that fly aboard several NASA satellites.

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UNOSAT adds new online service to inform humanitarians of satellite derived mapping

18 February 2014

UNITAR's Programme UNOSAT continues to put innovative tools in the hands of the humanitarian community as satellite derived mapping gain in popularity with humanitarians.

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British Antarctic Survey coordinates Arctic sea-ice investigation

13 February 2014

Arctic sea-ice cover is retreating at an unprecedented rate. Scientists fear we may see the complete loss of sea ice during the summer months within decades. To assess the impact Arctic change will have, British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is coordinating an 11.5M Euro EU-funded multi-disciplinary investigation.

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High-res satellites help track whale populations

12 February 2014

New high-resolution satellite imagery now allows researchers to spot and count whales from space, greatly expediting population analyses used in conservation efforts, according to a new report.

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Surveying storm damage from space: UK satellite provides images of Somerset floods

12 February 2014

Satellite images taken by the UK's disaster monitoring satellite, UK-DMC2, are assisting UK agencies in their response to the severe flooding caused by recent storms.

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UNOSAT helps gauge flood extent in Zimbabwe

11 February 2014

Zimbabwe has been affected by heavy rains that resulted in deaths and displacement of people in parts of the country in early February. According to UN sources, damage to property is also important and the National Water Authority of Zimbabwe warned that the water level in dams across the country continues to rise.

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Russia gives India and UK satellite images of disaster areas

11 February 2014

Russia's space agency said Wednesday that it has supplied fresh satellite images to assist Britain and India cope with unfolding natural disasters blighting the two nations.

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Is global warming hiding underwater?

07 February 2014

Satellite observations of global sea-surface temperature show that a 30-year upward trend has slowed down within the last 15 years. Climate scientists say this is not the end of global warming, but the result of a rearrangement in the energy flow of the climate system and, in particular, how the ocean stores heat.

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New pan-European flood hazard map

06 February 2014

Several parts of Europe, notably Italy, France, Ireland and Great Britain, are currently facing floods following the heavy rains that started in December. In order to improve the management of such events, mapping is needed of where floods can occur under certain circumstances.

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NASA study points to infrared-herring in apparent Amazon green-up

06 February 2014

For the past eight years, scientists have been working to make sense of why some satellite data seemed to show the Amazon rain forest "greening-up" during the region's dry season each year from June to October. The green-up indicated productive, thriving vegetation in spite of limited rainfall.

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Arctic lakes show climate on thin ice

03 February 2014

Ice in northern Alaska's lakes during winter months is on the decline. Twenty years of satellite radar imagery show how changes in our climate are affecting high-latitude environments.

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NASA radar maps the winter pace of Iceland's glaciers

28 January 2014

A high-precision radar instrument from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., left Southern California for Iceland on 28 January to create detailed maps of how glaciers move in the dead of winter.

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Glaciers and mountains in 3D - DLR special camera flies over Himalayas for first time

24 January 2014

Time and again, Himalayan landslides and flash floods cost the lives of dozens of people in Nepal, sweeping away entire villages and infrastructure like bridges and roads.

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El Nino's impact on continental evaporation

22 January 2014

As global temperatures gradually increase, more water is expected to evaporate into the atmosphere. But using satellite data, scientists have discovered that El Nino-induced droughts have caused global declines in evapotranspiration despite rising temperatures.

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First infrared satellite monitoring of peak pollution episodes in China

22 January 2014

Plumes of several anthropogenic pollutants (especially particulate matter and carbon monoxide) located near ground level over China have for the first time been detected from space.

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NASA finds 2013 sustained long-term climate warming trend

21 January 2014

NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures.

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Taking Earth's temperature

13 January 2014

Like thermometers in the sky, satellite instruments can measure the temperatures of Earth's surfaces. ESA's new GlobTemperature project is merging these data from a variety of spaceborne sensors to provide scientists with a one-stop shop for land, lake and ice temperature data.

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DLR satellite data helps in the rescue of the Akademik Shokalskiy

09 January 2014

For ten days, 74 scientists and tourists were trapped in the Antarctic on board the Russian Akademik Shokalskiy research vessel. Strong winds had driven ice floes into a bay, blocking the ship's advancement. High-resolution satellite data provided by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) helped to assess the ice conditions at the location.

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What lies beneath?

09 January 2014

A field campaign dedicated to SMOS and GOCE has revealed unexpected similarities in the missions' very different types of measurements. This surprising discovery could lead to a better understanding of what is happening deep under the Antarctic ice sheet.

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