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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 - 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

    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 - Data Release news

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

    News - Data Release news

    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

    News - Success Stories

    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 - Success Stories

    How ESA uses space data to explore deep Earth 18 May 2022

    News - Success Stories

    How ESA uses space data to explore deep Earth

    As anthropogenic activities continue to unbalance our environment, scientists strive to fully understand the intricate interactions within Earth’s system.

  • News - Data Release news

    13 May 2022

    News - Data Release news

    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

    News - Data Release news

    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

    News - Success Stories

    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 - Success Stories

    Space data help to unravel the complexities of Earth’s atmosphere 27 Apr 2022

    News - Success Stories

    Space data help to unravel the complexities of Earth’s atmosphere

    As the impacts of the climate crisis intensify, scientists are using ESA’s Earth observation archives to investigate atmospheric processes and their influences on the planet’s changing environment.

  • News - General News

    PlanetScope and SkySat infographic 20 Apr 2022

    News - General News

    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

    News - Success Stories

    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

    News - Success Stories

    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 - Operational News

    MERIS OADS – Service resumed 9 Mar 2022

    News - Operational News

    MERIS OADS – Service resumed

    The issue that has been affecting the Envisat MERIS data dissemination service is now solved; the MERIS OADS system is available again.

  • News - Success Stories

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

    News - Success Stories

    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 - Operational News

    MERIS OADS Unavailable 04 March 2022 4 Mar 2022

    News - Operational News

    MERIS OADS Unavailable 04 March 2022

    MERIS OADS system is currently unavailable. Investigation is under way to fix this issue as soon as possible.

  • News - General News

    Introducing Mirko Albani 4 Mar 2022

    News - General News

    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.