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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Scientists Animate Sea-level Rise with Each Ice Sheet and Glacier Contributions

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.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Earth Observation Summer School Open for Applications

European Space Agency (ESA) organises a series of summer schools on Monitoring of the Earth System to promote the exploitation of Earth Observation EO data across disciplines, with a specific focus on their assimilation into Earth System models.

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Prepping for a New Radar View

Sentinel-1A, Europe’s first satellite for Copernicus, is almost ready for launch on 3 April. Meanwhile, ESA is showing how its advanced radar will map ice, monitor subsidence and much more.

Friday, March 14th, 2014

SMOS ice: Looking for ice in the middle of a heat wave

The ‘SMOS Ice 2014 campaign’ focuses on verifying sea-ice forecasts and satellite-derived ice products. The campaign brings together scientists working on different types of sea-ice observations, specialists working on computer models generating ice forecasts, and engineers studying the trafficability of thin ice for ship-routing applications.

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Helping Automated Generalisation Come of Age

Traditionally maps were produced using a long and detailed process, which would start at the initial data collection stage and run through to the final creation and printing of a map. However, different map series would often have their own data collection processes. This would mean that small scale maps could be partly derived from

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Pinpointing Sources of Greenhouse Gases

With increasing levels of greenhouse gases causing our climate to change, it is important to understand exactly where these gases come from and how they disperse in the atmosphere. A recent field campaign has shown that a potential new satellite could provide the answers. CarbonSat is one of the two candidates for ESA’s eighth Earth

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

First Copernicus Satellite at Launch Site

The Sentinel-1A radar satellite has arrived at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana to be prepared over the coming weeks for launch on 3 April. Its launch will mark a new shift in Earth observation, focusing on operational missions to support users for decades to come.

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Sentinel-1 Spreads Its Wings

  When Sentinel-1 is placed in orbit around Earth in a few weeks, it has to perform a complicated dance routine to unfold its large solar wings and radar antenna. Engineers have recently been making sure the moves are well rehearsed.

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Sharp-eyed Proba-V Works Around the Clock

More than 5000 images, 65 daily global maps and six 10-day global syntheses, plus a quick peek at the Olympics: in its first two months of work, the vegetation-monitoring Proba-V minisatellite has yielded a valuable harvest for around a hundred scientific teams around the globe.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Earth Explorer Satellite Candidate Would Track Health and Productivity of Vegetation Worldwide

Radiant skin is considered a sign of good health in humans, but plants also glow when they are well. A potential new ESA satellite could use this fluorescence to track the health and productivity of vegetation worldwide.

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