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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.

  • 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 - Infographics

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    15 Nov 2022

    Biomass infographic

    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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    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 - Infographics

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    13 Oct 2022

    COSMO-SkyMed infographic

    Learn about the COSMO-SkyMed (Constellation of small Satellites for the Mediterranean basin Observation) series in our latest infographic.

  • News - Data Release news

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    6 Oct 2022

    PAZ ESA archive now open to users

    The PAZ ESA archive collection is now freely available for researchers worldwide through ESA's Third Party Missions programme.

  • 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 - Events and Proceedings

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    28 Sept 2022

    Very High Resolution data to take centre stage

    In the last few years, European New Space providers have helped strengthen the offering of very high resolution remote sensing data products—a designated workshop this November aims to focus on the latest developments in this arena.

  • News - Success Stories

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    27 Sept 2022

    Heritage data trains neural networks to detect urban sprawl

    Using data from non-operational ESA remote sensing missions, researchers have trained a network of artificial neurons to recognise how cities change over decades. They hope this will help city planners reduce the impact that urbanisation has on the environment.

  • News - Data Release news

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    28 July 2022

    Spot Extended Area mode added to ICEYE on-demand portfolio

    As an evolution of Spot mode, Spot Extended Area products are now available with the same resolution of Spot data (ground resolution of 1 m) but enabling to cover the area of 225 km2 (15 x 15 km) in a single SAR image.

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    21 July 2022

    Space helps monitor Earth’s changing biosphere

    Earth’s biosphere is continually changing. Through its pioneering Earth observation missions, ESA is making critical contributions to monitor these changes and their impacts on Earth’s water and carbon cycles.

  • News - Thematic area articles

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    30 June 2022

    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 - Events and Proceedings

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    26 May 2022

    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

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    12 Apr 2022

    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 - Data Release news

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    24 Mar 2022

    SMOS L2 Sea Surface Salinity products documentation updates

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

  • News - Success Stories

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    1 Mar 2022

    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 - Success Stories

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    11 Feb 2022

    SAOCOM the Argentinean constellation with an Italian twist

    Composed of two satellites launched in 2018 and 2019 respectively, the SAOCOM satellite mission, managed and operated by Argentina's Space Agency, CONAE, covers an array of applications that greatly benefit Earth observation and disaster monitoring.

  • News - Data Release news

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    27 Jan 2022

    New CryoSat-2 Thematic Products Now Available

    As of January 2022, ESA has started releasing new CryoSat-2 Thematic Products, dedicated to five distinct areas: Sea Ice, Land Ice, Polar Oceans, Coastal Oceans and Inland Waters.

  • News - General News

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    21 Dec 2021

    Updated SMOS documentation available

    Updated versions of several SMOS data documents are now available.

  • News - Data Release news

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    7 Dec 2021

    TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X WorldDEM data now available to users

    WorldDEM products have been added to the TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X offering and are now available to users for research and application development following submission of a project proposal subject to evaluation and acceptance by ESA and the data owner.

  • News - Success Stories

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    19 July 2021

    ERS Heritage Data allow for 30 years of science

    At their time of launch thirty years ago, the two ERS satellites were the most sophisticated Earth observation spacecraft ever developed and launched by Europe.

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