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Pine Island retreat on the radar

27 March 2014

Twenty years of radar coverage from ESA satellites have been used to measure the rapid thinning of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier - and it's losing more ice than previously thought.

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Balancing the sea-level budget

26 March 2014

Water from melting glaciers and ice sheets, along with thermal expansion of ocean water due to rising temperatures, are causing global sea-level rise. Scientists are exploiting satellite data to understand better just how much each component contributes to this devastating consequence of climate change.

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Studying crops, from outer space

24 March 2014

Plants convert energy from sunlight into chemical energy during a process called photosynthesis. This energy is passed on to humans and animals that eat the plants, and thus photosynthesis is the primary source of energy for all life on Earth.

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Ice clouds as a climate factor - Research aircraft HALO examines cirrus clouds and vapour trails

24 March 2014

Unanswered questions about the formation of clouds and their impact on the climate are currently setting limitations on the validity of global climate forecasts.

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NASA targeting Earth observing satellites and ISS sensors to aid missing Malaysian airline search

23 March 2014

NASA has actively joined the hunt for the missing Malaysian Airline flight MH-370 that mysteriously disappeared without a trace more than two weeks ago on 08 March 2014.

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New satellite data guides hunt for missing Malaysian airliner in southern Indian Ocean

22 March 2014

Search operations in the Southern Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft resumed, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority announced on Saturday, saying that the current search area, southwest of Australia, was identified based on satellite data on Thursday.

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ESA Euronews: Copernicus offers a flood of disaster data

21 March 2014

The recent floods in the UK saw a lot of the management of that disaster made possible by using information from satellites. But how? In this edition of Space we find out.

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When waters rise: NASA improves flood safety

20 March 2014

Flooding is the most frequent and widespread weather-related natural disaster, taking a huge toll in lives and property each year. NASA Earth-observing satellites and airborne missions provide vital information to emergency planners, relief organisations and weather forecasters.

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NASA completes this year's flights in search of climate change clues

14 March 2014

NASA's Global Hawk research aircraft returned to its base at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., early Friday morning 14 March, marking the completion of flights in support of ATTREX, a multi-year NASA airborne science campaign.

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Chinese satellites redeployed to search for Malasyia Airlines plane

11 March 2014

China said it had "immediately redeployed" 10 satellites to help in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared early Saturday with 239 people, mostly Chinese, on board, as frustration mounted among families of the missing over the lack of progress.

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NASA: Warm rivers play role in Arctic sea ice melt

05 March 2014

The heat from warm river waters draining into the Arctic Ocean is contributing to the melting of Arctic sea ice each summer, a new NASA study finds.

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Navy transitions Global Ocean Forecast System for public use

05 March 2014

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) within the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have entered into a formal agreement...

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BlackBridge and DLR continue support of German remote sensing research

04 March 2014

BlackBridge has taken over the operations of the RapidEye Science Archive (RESA) pursuant to an agreement with the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The project is funded by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

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Space research center puts up-to-date weather maps online

03 March 2014

A Russian space research center has launched a website providing online users with up-to-date satellite imagery of Earth's weather, the Roscosmos space agency said Monday.

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Real-time forecast of Hurricane Sandy had track and intensity accuracy

25 February 2014

A real-time hurricane analysis and prediction system that effectively incorporates airborne Doppler radar information may accurately track the path, intensity and wind force in a hurricane, according to Penn State meteorologists. This system also can identify the sources of forecast uncertainty.

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NASA responds to California's evolving drought

25 February 2014

NASA is partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop and apply new technology and products to better manage and monitor the state's water resources and respond to its ongoing drought.

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SMOS Data Viewer V1.6.6 is now available

25 February 2014

A new version of the SMOS Data Viewer is now available for the user community to download.

This version of the tool is ready to be used with the level 2 products and auxiliary files according to the new SMOS level 2 data product specification document issue 8.0.

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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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