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How satellite imagery is crucial for monitoring climate change

22 November 2019

"If you can't measure it, you can't manage it", said María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the United Nations General Assembly at the COP 24 in Katowice Poland, summing up how crucial satellites are for measuring climate change.

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NASA space data can cut disaster response times, costs

22 November 2019

According to a new study, emergency responders could cut costs and save time by using near-real-time satellite data along with other decision-making tools after a flooding disaster.

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Copernicus Sentinels ally to monitor floods in Northern Italy

22 November 2019

Italy has been victim of days-long flooding and high-tides, owing to the severe weather of the past weeks. Although forecasts do not promise an improvement just yet, the Copernicus Sentinels have teamed up to help monitor the situation.

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Globe had its 2nd-hottest October and year to date on record

18 November 2019

Planet Earth continued to sweat in unrelenting heat last month making October 2019 the second-hottest October recorded, just behind 2015.

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NASA helps fight the mosquito bite coast-to-coast

13 November 2019

Utah and New Jersey state public health officials are now using a NASA-enhanced website that began in California to strengthen mosquito control efforts. The invasive mosquito surveillance system, called CalSurv (short for California Vectorborne Disease Surveillance System), helps mosquito control agencies and public health officials monitor and respond to potential outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases by mapping the insects that can carry these deadly viruses.

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Drought-Stressed Forest Fueled Amazon Fires

06 November 2019

A new satellite-based map of a section of the Amazon Basin reveals that at least some of the massive fires burning there this past summer were concentrated in water-stressed areas of the rainforest. The stressed plants released measurably less water vapor into the air than unstressed plants; in other words, they were struggling to stay cool and conserve water, leaving them more vulnerable to the fires.

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Can Earth observation data be a viable alternative to measure the SDGs?

06 November 2019

With traditional methods of data collection such as census and surveys being challenged by low response rates, experts are now asking if the use of earth observation — or EO — data to support monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals can be a viable alternative.

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A Third of California Methane Traced to a Few Super-Emitters

06 November 2019

NASA scientists are helping California create a detailed, statewide inventory of methane point sources - highly concentrated methane releases from single sources - using a specialized airborne sensor. The new data, published this week in the journal Nature, can be used to target actions to reduce emissions of this potent greenhouse gas.

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Copernicus Sentinels observe extensive oil spill in Red Sea

31 October 2019

On 11 October, some 95 km from the Saudi city of Jeddah, an Iranian-owned oil tanker was damaged, resulting in the loss of oil in the Red Sea. The Copernicus Sentinels are being used to monitor the resulting oil spill.

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Climate change: Sea level rise to affect 'three times more people'

30 October 2019

Millions more people will be at risk of coastal flooding from climate-driven sea-level rise later this century.

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Is Earth on fire?

25 October 2019

Wildfires have been making headlines again this month, with multiple fires burning in Lebanon and California, but these are just some of the many fires 2019 has seen. Fires in the Amazon sparked a global outcry this summer, but fires have also been blazing in the Arctic, France, Greece, Indonesia as well as many other areas in the world.

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How Earth Observation Data Is Saving The Mangrove Ecosystem In Sierra Leone

25 October 2019

Mangroves are groups of trees and shrubs that live in coastal intertidal zones. Mangroves stabilize the coastline and provide a critical ecosystem for fish and other organisms, thus making them important lifelines for human and other species alike. But the mangroves in Sierra Leone are disappearing due to coastal erosion.

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NASA Team Aids Hurricane Forecasting Using Satellite Data

24 October 2019

NASA has for years used its cutting-edge space-based and airborne instruments to better understand hurricanes and give weather forecasters new insights they could use to improve the accuracy of their storm forecasts. A NASA program focused on bringing new weather research to bare on forecasting challenges is now tackling predictions of a hurricane's strength.

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A new generation of environmental monitoring – the DLR DESIS spectrometer begins routine operations on the ISS

23 October 2019

On 23 October 2019, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the U.S. company Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) will announce the start of routine operations for the 'DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer' (DESIS). This instrument will be operated by DLR and TBE. It is the most powerful hyperspectral Earth observation instrument in orbit and addresses a wide range of applications. Its high-resolution image data will enable the development of measures for environmental protection and support the more efficient, ecological use of agricultural land.

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Terra Mission Team, land lover scientist honoured

08 October 2019

The team behind one of NASA's most productive Earth-observing satellite missions and a leading scientist who has studied the impact of humans on global land cover changes have been honoured with the 2019 William T. Pecora Award for achievement in Earth remote sensing.

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Can oceans turn the tide on the climate crisis?

08 October 2019

As we pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the world is warming at an alarming rate, with devastating consequences. While our vast oceans are helping to take the heat out of climate change, new research shows that they are absorbing a lot more atmospheric carbon dioxide than previously thought – but these positives may be outweighed by the downsides.

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Pecora Award honours excellence in Earth Observation

08 October 2019

Two awardees have been recognised with the 2019 William T. Pecora Award for achievements in Earth remote sensing.

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Nature Map Earth to help governments operationalize targets for biodiversity conservation and restoration

05 October 2019

Not too long ago, the Earth's lungs were burning, leaving environmentalists all over the world very worried. According to Wikipedia, almost 906,000 hectares of Amazon forest land burned in the fire.

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App provides Sentinel-3 data to water quality managers

02 October 2019

Water, whether in the coastal ocean, or inland lakes and reservoirs, is a vital resource for human activities, and an important ecosystem.

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Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Deep Learning help advance sea ice information service

02 October 2019

A Danish R&D project is developing an automatic sea ice product service, which can meet the increased demands for better and more timely sea ice information, using the extensive amount of free and available data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites, along with novel machine learning techniques for satellite data fusion and sea-ice information retrieval.

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