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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 - Data Release news

    New CryoSat-2 Quaternions Product Now Available 27 June 2022

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    New CryoSat-2 Quaternions Product Now Available

    As of 24 June 2022, ESA has started releasing a new CryoSat-2 Quaternions Product. This product contains the attitude quaternions in the Geocentric Mean of 2000 Inertial Coordinate Frame for the CryoSat-2 mission.

  • 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

    Highlights from Living Planet Symposium 13 June 2022

    News - Events and Proceedings

    Highlights from Living Planet Symposium

    As remote sensing scientists and data-users from around the world converged at the Living Planet Symposium (LPS) in Bonn recently, a common thread was evident in many scientific sessions and meetings – the right environmental data can accelerate our understanding of the rapid changes in Earth’s system.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

    VHR Data Quality in the limelight 8 June 2022

    News - Events and Proceedings

    VHR Data Quality in the limelight

    In recent years, the satellite landscape has steadily expanded with a variety of very high resolution (VHR) commercial satellites, also emerging from new space providers. A result of this growth is an increased need to address data quality assurance.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

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

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    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 - Data Release news

    PlanetScope and Skysat data available through ESA’s Third Party Missions Programme 20 May 2022

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    PlanetScope and Skysat data available through ESA’s Third Party Missions Programme

    Through ESA’s Third Party Missions Programme, researchers, scientists and companies from around the world can apply to access Planet’s high-frequency, high-resolution satellite data for non-commercial use.

  • News - Success Stories

    New one-stop-shop for ESA and NASA altimetry data 19 May 2022

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    New one-stop-shop for ESA and NASA altimetry data

    cs2eo.org is a free, easy-to-use portal to explore, combine and download airborne and spaceborne altimetry data from CryoSat-2, ICESat-2, CryoVEx, IceBridge and CryoTEMPO-EOLIS.

  • News - Data Release news

    13 May 2022

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    Updated CryoSat magnetometer data now available with new baseline 0201

    An improved version of the CryoSat magnetic field data is now available on the Swarm Dissemination Server with new baseline 0201.

  • News - Data Release news

    5 May 2022

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    Partial CryoSat LRM Ice Baseline E reprocessing completed

    An issue on the LRM waveform scaled power introduced in Baseline D, affecting the computation of backscatter, has been resolved with the transfer to operation of the new Ice Baseline E processors on 20 September 2021.

  • News - Success Stories

    Predicting crop yield using Planet data 5 May 2022

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    Predicting crop yield using Planet data

    The world’s population continues to grow, while the climate crisis is raising Earth’s temperatures and increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events – all of which affect food security.

  • News - Maintenance News

    CryoSat Science Server FTP access resumed 29 Apr 2022

    News - Maintenance News

    CryoSat Science Server FTP access resumed

    Access to the CryoSat Science Server FTP interface is now restored after urgent maintenance.

  • News - General News

    PlanetScope and SkySat infographic 20 Apr 2022

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    PlanetScope and SkySat infographic

    Find out more about the PlanetScope and SkySat missions in our new infographic.

  • 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 - Success Stories

    New open-source Python library improves rapid mapping services 17 Mar 2022

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    New open-source Python library improves rapid mapping services

    In emergency services, rapid response is paramount. ICube-SERTIT’s Rapid Mapping Service provides near real-time delivery of geo-information to help emergency services respond quickly to disasters such as flooding, fires and landslides. A new Python open-source library, called EOReader, speeds up this mapping response by enabling the easy opening of imagery from multiple satellite sensors, both optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR).

  • 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 - Data Release news

    10 Feb 2022

    News - Data Release news

    LRM Ice Baseline E reprocessed data released

    An issue on the LRM waveform scaled power introduced at Baseline D, affecting the computation of backscatter, has been resolved

  • News - Operational News

    Delay in the production of Cryo-TEMPO EOLIS operational data 10 Feb 2022

    News - Operational News

    Delay in the production of Cryo-TEMPO EOLIS operational data

    An issue with the operational processing of Cryo-TEMPO EOLIS monthly data has been discovered.

  • News - Success Stories

    Satellite data boost global understanding of land surface 2 Feb 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Satellite data boost global understanding of land surface

    Understanding our changing land surface is essential in the study of climate change. Satellites are used to monitor changes to the material that covers Earth’s surface, so-called land cover, such as vegetation and water.