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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.

  • News - Infographics

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    28 Mar 2023

    Discover how RADARSAT scans Earth's surface

    Learn about how RADARSAT scans Earth's surface in our new infographic.

  • News - General News

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    27 Mar 2023

    Overachieving SMOS mission primed for continued success

    ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission (SMOS) was the second Earth Explorer launched in 2009. Over 13 years on, having already vastly exceeded its predicted lifetime and initial objectives, the mission has been further extended until at least the end of 2025.

  • News - Maintenance News

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    23 Mar 2023

    SMOS - Planned maintenance on 29 March 2023

    Due to planned maintenance activities at Ifremer, the "SMOS Ocean Wind products" collection will not be regularly updated from 2023/03/29 at 4:00 UTC to 2023/03/30, until full operations resume.

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    23 Mar 2023

    Remote Sensing data underpin research on Soil

    Environmental data disseminated by ESA’s Earth observation programmes provide knowledge about the stresses on Earth’s soils – aiding many applications such as crop management, drought and flood forecasting, and ecosystem protection.

  • News - General News

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    21 Mar 2023

    ESA's excellent Earth Explorer missions extended to 2025

    Since 2009, ESA’s Earth Explorer missions have pioneered breakthrough technologies and transformed our understanding of Earth’s system, from its core to the outer stretches of the atmosphere.

  • News - Announcement of Opportunity updates

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    14 Mar 2023

    Researchers called to explore new applications of SAOCOM data

    ESA has invited Earth observation experts to devise and propose innovative applications for data delivered by Argentinian remote sensing constellation SAOCOM. 

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    3 Mar 2023

    Monitoring water on Earth's surface

    ESA's Earth observation satellites are playing a leading role in furthering our understanding of how Earth's terrestrial hydrosphere is being influenced by humankind.

  • News - Data Release news

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    1 Mar 2023

    New data available: GEOSAT-2 Portugal Coverage 2021

    A new collection is available to the public through ESA’s Earthnet Third Party Missions Programme: the GEOSAT-2 Portugal Coverage 2021.

  • News - Data Release news

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    22 Feb 2023

    New BorealScat campaign dataset released

    A new dataset has been released for the BorealScat campaign, which took place between 2017 and 2021 in Sweden.

  • News - Success Stories

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    17 Jan 2023

    Pléiades unlocks information about rock glaciers in central Himalaya

    As climate change accelerates the melting of glacial ice, remote sensing scientists are tapping into the potential of Pléiades data to help vulnerable mountainous communities.

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    9 Dec 2022

    Global understanding of Earth's land surfaces greatly boosted by satellite data

    ESA perform land surface monitoring with a range of instruments onboard satellites acquiring optical and radar data. Collections of data from these missions are freely available for research purposes.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

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    2 Dec 2022

    SMOS data advances space weather and ionospheric research

    ESA is taking steps to innovate ways to use SMOS data to support solar scientists and the space weather community, as set out in a workshop held recently in ESRIN.

  • News - Data Release news

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    23 Nov 2022

    Minor Update for the SMOS Near Real Time Sea Surface Wind Speed Processor

    An updated version of the SMOS Near Real Time Sea Surface Wind Speed Processor - Version 302 - was released on the 23 November 2022.

  • News - Success Stories

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    17 Nov 2022

    New worldwide dataset captures the planet in fine detail

    Scientists have developed an open source planetwide dataset of high-resolution Earth observation imagery, thanks to commercial data delivered by ESA’s Third Party Missions (TPM) programme.

  • News - Infographics

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    15 Nov 2022

    An overview of ESA's Biomass Earth Explorer satellite

    Learn about ESA's upcoming Biomass mission, which is dedicated to gathering information about the global distribution of forest biomass, in our latest infographic.

  • News - Success Stories

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    3 Nov 2022

    SMOS data improve estimates of rainfall in Africa

    Scientists have used soil moisture data from ESA’s SMOS mission to correct high-resolution satellite-based estimates of precipitation in Africa.

  • News - Success Stories

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    25 Oct 2022

    Studying forest biomass from space

    Forestry expert Maurizio Santoro, senior researcher at Gamma Remote Sensing and one of the leaders of ESA projects related to the Climate Change Initiative (CCI), explains how the use of various data.

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    29 Sept 2022

    How satellite data help to shape society

    Data from ESA’s Earth observation archives are improving understanding of the interactions between human activities and the environment, helping to power green economic development and boosting prosperity in Europe and beyond.

  • News - Success Stories

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    7 Sept 2022

    Satellite data predicts lower wheat crop yield

    In a market pressed with short supply of grain the dry spring weather of 2022 was devastating for European wheat production, according to a new drought monitor that draws on data from ESA’s SMOS Earth observation mission

  • News - Infographics

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    2 Aug 2022

    What are the next Earth Explorers?

    Learn about the planned missions in the Earth Explorers programme - EarthCARE, Biomass, FLEX, and FORUM - which will further our understanding of Earth’s climate.

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