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NEWS

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 - General News

    ESA's open source computing project for the Biomass mission goes live 6 May 2021

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    ESA's open source computing project for the Biomass mission goes live

    The Biomass Product Algorithm Laboratory (BioPAL) is an open-source scientific computing project, which supports the development of ESA’s Biomass mission algorithms coded in Python.

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    COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation data now open to users 27 Apr 2021

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    COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation data now open to users

    COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation (CSG) is now part of ESA's Third Party Missions Programme, in which ESA has an agreement with ASI to distribute data products from the mission.

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    Drone-based Laser Scanning of Tropical Forests for Biomass Cal/Val 13 Apr 2021

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    Drone-based Laser Scanning of Tropical Forests for Biomass Cal/Val

    ESA’s upcoming mission Biomass will deliver valuable P-band SAR data aimed at forest aboveground biomass (AGB) estimation across the humid tropics.

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    New SMOS infographic 30 Mar 2021

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    New SMOS infographic

    Learn more about the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission in our latest infographic

  • News - Scientific Highlights

    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.

  • News - General News

    22 Dec 2020

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    Introducing the Newest ESA Third Party Missions

    ESA's Earth Observation Programme Board has unanimously approved the integration of the Federated Satellite Systems (FSSCat) mission, the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) instrument on-board the GEO-KOMPSAT-2B satellite and the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, as Third Party Missions.

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    New Campaign datasets available 15 Dec 2020

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    New Campaign datasets available

    A new set of datasets is available, acquired during airborne campaigns conducted between 2014 and 2019

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    ICEYE data available for assessment 18 June 2020

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    ICEYE data available for assessment

    The SAR user community is invited to participate to the call to assess the suitability of the ICEYE constellation, for science and EO-based applications.

  • News - Operational News

    28 May 2020

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    Aeolus set for Instrument Telescope Refocussing exercise

    Aeolus’s telescope requires periodic collimation and refocussing. To this end, the Instrument Telescope Refocussing activity aims to improve the radiometric performance of the Atmospheric Laser Doppler Instrument (ALADIN)’s telescope by optimizing the throughput at the field stop, the smallest aperture where the return light has to pass. This is done through a change of the temperature settings on the telescope.

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    Around the world in eight balloons with Strateole-2 26 May 2020

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    Around the world in eight balloons with Strateole-2

    Strateole-2 is a French-US project supported by ESA that uses CNES superpressure balloons drifting around the globe to study the climate processes in the Tropical Tropopause Layer (TTL) and the lower stratosphere, helping Aeolus validation activities along the way.

  • News - General News

    19 May 2020

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    Forty years of heritage data highlight warming European lakes

    In the last decade, climate change has taken centre stage in both the public and scientific arenas, as increasingly extreme weather and human impact on the environment have become more apparent.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

    Special event for 10th anniversary of SMOS 21 Oct 2019

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    Special event for 10th anniversary of SMOS

    Earth Explorers for Climate - The contribution from SMOS - an event to mark the 10th anniversary of SMOS mission.

  • News - General News

    24 Sept 2019

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    Vake | Catch wins 2019 Space App Camp

    An app to help wild fisheries achieve sustainable operations using Copernicus Sentinel-3 data wins top prize at this year's Space App Camp.

  • News - Scientific Highlights

    11 Sept 2019

    News - Scientific Highlights

    Tracing the environmental impacts of supply chains

    Satellite data combined with artificial intelligence is being used to provide information to assess the impact of global supply chains.

  • News - General News

    10 Sept 2019

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    Using machine learning for rewilding

    Project in the Netherlands uses satellite data to understand how a nature reserve responds to the pressure of being grazed by herbivores.

  • News - General News

    22 July 2019

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    Monitoring Earth’s skin heat for crops and climate

    A bright red twin-engined aircraft, equipped with ultra-high-resolution thermal imaging technology has been scouring the agricultural heartlands

  • News - Operational News

    12 July 2019

    News - Operational News

    Updated Precise Orbit data (POD) for the full ERS-1 and ERS-2 mission available

    The Precise Orbit files (ERS.ORB.POD) for the entire ERS-1 and ERS-2 mission periods have been reprocessed with up-to-date standards.

  • News - General News

    21 Mar 2019

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    Land-cover dynamics unveiled

    Billions of image pixels recorded by Sentinel-2 mission used to generate a high-resolution map of land-cover dynamics across Earth's landmasses.

  • News - Operational News

    4 Jan 2019

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    Envisat-ERS (A)SAR - Enhanced Dissemination Service

    ESA is pleased to announce the release of several new features as part of the ESA On-The-Fly data processing and dissemination service.

  • News - General News

    29 Nov 2018

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    Tackling drought issues for food security

    ESA's Food Security Thematic Exploitation Platform (FS-TEP) makes the task of predicting the risk of drought much easier.