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Discover the latest news on the European Space Agency's Earth Observation activities. Learn all about new data availability and how ESA's missions are performing.

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    Water mission takes on space weather 24 Mar 2021

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    Water mission takes on space weather

    Adding to SMOS’ list of talents, new findings show that what was considered noise in the mission’s data can actually be used to monitor solar activity and space weather, which can damage communication and navigation systems.

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    1 km resolution aerosol optical thickness retrieved from PROBA-V 15 Mar 2021

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    1 km resolution aerosol optical thickness retrieved from PROBA-V

    The ESA SPAR@MEP project aims to deliver a long-term data record (LTDR) of aerosol optical properties and surface reflectance from SPOT-VGT and PROBA-V observations.

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    Monitoring aerosol properties in the Indian Ocean 5 Mar 2021

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    Monitoring aerosol properties in the Indian Ocean

    A ship-borne photometer of CIMEL CE318-T type was permanently installed in early January 2021 aboard the French research vessel Marion Dufresne in the frame of the MAP-IO (Marion Dufresne Atmospheric Program - Indian Ocean) research programme

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    Traceability of AERONET-EUROPE to the GAWPFR WMO reference for Aerosol Optical Depth 3 Feb 2021

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    Traceability of AERONET-EUROPE to the GAWPFR WMO reference for Aerosol Optical Depth

    Within the IDEAS-QA4EO ESA project a precision filter radiometer (PFR) travelling standard was installed at the European calibration site of AERONET to provide continuous traceability of aerosol optical depth measurements to the World reference maintained at Davos through a PFR Triad.

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    Using Satellite Data to Predict Floods and Droughts 22 Dec 2020

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    Using Satellite Data to Predict Floods and Droughts

    Scientists are turning to remote sensing to fill the in-situ data gap in hydrological data models in some parts of the world.

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    Publication of Coastal Current Intrusions from Satellite Altimetry 10 Nov 2020

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    Publication of Coastal Current Intrusions from Satellite Altimetry

    A new study entitled “Coastal current intrusions from satellite altimetry” has just been published in the journal Remote Sensing. This study comes from an international collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA), MIO (Fr), CNR (It) and Serco (It) with the goal of monitoring coastal intrusions into the Gulf of Lion by analyzing multi-mission Satellite Altimetry data with Machine Learning methods

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    CryoSat-2 Data Used to Measure Ionospheric Currents 30 Oct 2020

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    CryoSat-2 Data Used to Measure Ionospheric Currents

    A new study has shown that navigation magnetometer data from the CryoSat-2 and Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) satellites can be used to diagnose weak low-/mid-latitude ionospheric currents.

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    Systematic swath elevation and monthly DEMs over the Antarctica Ice Sheet margin from CryoSat 2 20 Oct 2020

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    Systematic swath elevation and monthly DEMs over the Antarctica Ice Sheet margin from CryoSat 2

    Land-ice is declining globally, raising sea levels worldwide and impacting glacial risks and access to fresh-water in high-mountain glaciers regions.

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    Gravity Field Models from Swarm data 29 Apr 2020

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    Gravity Field Models from Swarm data

    In addition to its geomagnetic objectives, GPS receivers onboard Swarm can and have already been exploited to measure temporal variations in Earth's global gravity field.

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    Earth Day: taking the pulse of our planet 22 Apr 2020

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    Earth Day: taking the pulse of our planet

    While news of COVID-19 dominates headlines and many of us practice social distancing, there still remains the need for action on climate change - and satellites are vital in providing the key facts on this global issue.

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    COVID-19: Aeolus and weather forecasts 21 Apr 2020

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    COVID-19: Aeolus and weather forecasts

    The drop in commercial flights has led to fewer measurements for weather forecasts, but fortunately, ESA’s Aeolus satellite mission is helping to fill the gap.

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    14 Apr 2020

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    Satellites providing clear picture of greenhouse gases

    With increasing levels of greenhouse gases causing our climate to change, it is important to understand them.

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    9 Apr 2020

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    Satellites and machine learning for water management

    Freshwater is vital to life - the effects of climate change are putting mounting pressure on this precious resource.

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    CryoSat still cool at 10 8 Apr 2020

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    CryoSat still cool at 10

    Today marks 10 years since a Dnepr rocket blasted off from an underground silo in the remote desert steppe of Kazakhstan

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    1 Apr 2020

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    New life for Landsat historical data

    45 years of data, more than 1.8 million images, these are the numbers of an adventure started 48 years ago with the launch of the first Landsat satellite.

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    27 Mar 2020

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    Coronavirus lockdown leading to drop in pollution across Europe

    New data, based on observations from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, are showing strong reductions in nitrogen dioxide concentrations over several major cities across Europe.

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    20 Mar 2020

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    Land-cover maps of Europe from the Cloud

    Thanks to the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission and new cloud-computing resources, fully automated land-cover maps in 10 m resolution are on the horizon.

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    13 Mar 2020

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    Coronavirus: nitrogen dioxide emissions drop over Italy

    New data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite reveal the decline of air pollution, specifically nitrogen dioxide emissions, over Italy.

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    12 Mar 2020

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    Greenland and Antarctica losing ice six times faster than expected

    According to a new report, Greenland and Antarctica are losing ice six times faster than in the 1990s – currently on track with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's worst-case climate warming scenario.

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    12 Mar 2020

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    2013 CryoSat Ice Baseline D reprocessed data available

    We are pleased to inform the CryoSat scientific community that the reprocessed CryoSat Ice Baseline D data for all of 2013 has been published on the Science Server and is now available for download.