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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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  • News - Success Stories

    Transforming space data into climate action 30 June 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Transforming space data into climate action

    ESA’s Earth observation activities are playing a key role in the revitalised global drive to combat climate change.

  • News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance – 20 June 2022 14 June 2022

    News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance – 20 June 2022

    A planned software maintenance activity will affect some of ESA's data dissemination services on 20 June 2022.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

    QA4SM Evolution in FRM4SM presented at sixth Soil Moisture Validation Workshop 6 June 2022

    News - Events and Proceedings

    QA4SM Evolution in FRM4SM presented at sixth Soil Moisture Validation Workshop

    The use and distribution of EO Soil Moisture (SM) data calls for rigorous, automated quality assessment procedures.

  • News - Data Release news

    SMOS reprocessed Sea Surface Wind Speed dataset is now available 1 June 2022

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    SMOS reprocessed Sea Surface Wind Speed dataset is now available

    The entire SMOS L1B archive has been reprocessed with the latest version of the Sea Surface Wind Speed processor V300 which was deployed into the SMOS wind near real time service in August 2021.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

    Data preservation takes centre stage at Living Planet Symposium 26 May 2022

    News - Events and Proceedings

    Data preservation takes centre stage at Living Planet Symposium

    Against the backdrop of the famed Rhine River, world-class scientists and Earth observation data-users are gathered this week in the historical city of Bonn, at the Living Planet Symposium (LPS).

  • News - General News

    Interviewing Mirko Albani 12 Apr 2022

    News - General News

    Interviewing Mirko Albani

    ESA’s Heritage Space Programme Manager describes the goals of the programme, some of the challenges involved in preserving and improving 40 years of historical Earth observation data, and his passion for curating this long-term archive.

  • News - Success Stories

    Satellite data central to ocean monitoring 31 Mar 2022

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    Satellite data central to ocean monitoring

    Over 95% of Earth’s water is found in our oceans, and yet sadly, oceans are under stress from climate change and pollution. Monitoring our oceans is vital for Earth’s survival and satellites are the primary means of long-term and independent observation of our vast ocean bodies and their associated coastal zones.

  • News - Data Release news

    SMOS L2 Sea Surface Salinity products documentation updates 24 Mar 2022

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    SMOS L2 Sea Surface Salinity products documentation updates

    SMOS L2 Sea Surface Salinity product validation report is now available.

  • News - Success Stories

    10 years of Envisat data help to illuminate ocean processes 9 Mar 2022

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    10 years of Envisat data help to illuminate ocean processes

    A decade after Envisat beamed its final image to the planet, the pioneering ESA mission is continuing to foster improved understanding of Earth’s systems.

  • News - General News

    Introducing Mirko Albani 4 Mar 2022

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    Introducing Mirko Albani

    In this short introduction, ESA's Heritage Missions Programme Manager describes what he likes most about ESA's long term archive of satellite mission data and his role in the programme.

  • News - Success Stories

    How space data are transforming the global food system 2 Mar 2022

    News - Success Stories

    How space data are transforming the global food system

    European Earth observation activities are accelerating a data-driven transformation in the agriculture sector that is helping farmers adapt to the dual challenges of climate change and population increase.

  • News - Success Stories

    How Envisat helped to shape global understanding of Earth’s systems 1 Mar 2022

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    How Envisat helped to shape global understanding of Earth’s systems

    Twenty years have passed since a ground-breaking European spacecraft designed to deliver unprecedented insight into the planet’s changing environment was lofted into orbit.

  • News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance 08 February 2022 7 Feb 2022

    News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance 08 February 2022

    A software maintenance affecting the ERS and Envisat (A)SAR data dissemination service has been planned on Tuesday 08 February 2022, from 08:30 to 11:30 UTC.

  • News - Data Release news

    SMOS sea ice thickness reprocessed data now available 18 Jan 2022

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    SMOS sea ice thickness reprocessed data now available

    The reprocessed SMOS level 3 and 4 sea ice thickness products over the Arctic are now available from the ESA SMOS Dissemination Service.

  • News - Maintenance News

    SMOS dissemination service maintenance on 10 January 2022 7 Jan 2022

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    SMOS dissemination service maintenance on 10 January 2022

    SMOS dissemination service maintenance on 10 January 2022

  • News - General News

    Updated SMOS documentation available 21 Dec 2021

    News - General News

    Updated SMOS documentation available

    Updated versions of several SMOS data documents are now available.

  • News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance 20 December 2021 16 Dec 2021

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    ESA data dissemination maintenance 20 December 2021

    A software maintenance affecting the ERS and Envisat (A)SAR dissemination services has been planned on Monday 20 December 2021, from 08:30 to 10:30 UTC.

  • News - Success Stories

    Ship trails in the Bay of Biscay observed using PROBA-V imagery 13 Dec 2021

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    Ship trails in the Bay of Biscay observed using PROBA-V imagery

    Ship trails have been perceived as convincing evidence of aerosol-cloud interaction. Ship emissions have been proven to contribute by about 1.9% and 2.9% to the increase in the global total and fine-mode aerosol optical thickness (AOT) respectively over a five year period (Peters et al. 20212).

  • News - Data Release news

    SMOS sea ice thickness Arctic winter season 2021/2022 data available 18 Nov 2021

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    SMOS sea ice thickness Arctic winter season 2021/2022 data available

    SMOS Sea Ice thickness level 3 and level 4 data products are now available for the Arctic winter season 2021/2022.

  • News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance – 22 - 24 November 2021 17 Nov 2021

    News - Maintenance News

    ESA data dissemination maintenance – 22 - 24 November 2021

    A planned software maintenance activity will affect ESA's data dissemination services from Monday 22 November to Wednesday 24 November 2021.