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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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    Satellites track the health of the ozone layer 16 Sept 2022

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    Satellites track the health of the ozone layer

    ESA’s Earth observation activities are contributing to international efforts to monitor and preserve the layer of stratospheric ozone that blankets the planet.

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    Satellite data predicts lower wheat crop yield 7 Sept 2022

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    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

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    WorldView constellation infographic 31 Aug 2022

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    WorldView constellation infographic

    Learn about Maxar’s WorldView constellation, which is part of ESA’s Third Party Missions programme, in our latest infographic.

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    What are the next Earth Explorers? 2 Aug 2022

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    What are the next Earth Explorers?

    ESA have launched five missions in the Earth Explorers programme – GOCE, CryoSat, SMOS, Swarm, and Aeolus – each of which is dedicated to observing an aspect of Earth’s system.

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    New GRACE and GRACE-FO thermosphere datasets released 22 July 2022

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    New GRACE and GRACE-FO thermosphere datasets released

    The Swarm DISC project Thermosphere Observations from Low-Earth Orbiting Satellites (TOLEOS) reprocessed all GRACE and GRACE-FO data to obtain new thermosphere density and crosswind datasets.

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    Space helps monitor Earth’s changing biosphere 21 July 2022

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    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.

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    WorldView-3 helps to track offshore methane plumes from oil and gas 6 July 2022

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    WorldView-3 helps to track offshore methane plumes from oil and gas

    Scientists have used Earth observation data to reveal enormous methane plumes spilling out from an offshore oil and gas production rig in the Gulf of Mexico. This represents a significant breakthrough in the monitoring of industrial methane emissions from space.

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    Transforming space data into climate action 30 June 2022

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    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.

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    PROBA-1 Infographic 28 June 2022

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    PROBA-1 Infographic

    Learn about ESA's PROBA-1 (Project for On-Board Autonomy) mission in our new infographic.

  • News - Events and Proceedings

    Highlights from Living Planet Symposium 13 June 2022

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    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.

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    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).

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    GHGsat infographic 24 May 2022

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    GHGsat infographic

    Find out more about the GHGsat mission in our new infographic.

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    ESA facilitates access to greenhouse gas data 24 May 2022

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    ESA facilitates access to greenhouse gas data

    Canadian company GHGSat Inc., which offers high-resolution remote sensing of greenhouse gas emissions, air quality gas, and other trace gas emissions from any point sources in the world—is now an ESA Third Party Mission.

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

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    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

    Meet a young researcher who uses Aeolus data to measure atmospheric gravity waves 22 Apr 2022

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    Meet a young researcher who uses Aeolus data to measure atmospheric gravity waves

    Researcher Timothy Banyard, from the University of Bath, hopes to improve weather forecasting through the measurement of gravity waves (GWs). While GWs are difficult to measure due to their scale size and location, Tim recently demonstrated the Earth Explorer Aeolus' ability to observe GWs over the Southern Andes during the austral winter of 2021.

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    Exploring the prevailing achievements and future directions of Aeolus 14 Apr 2022

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    Exploring the prevailing achievements and future directions of Aeolus

    A tight-knit community of European remote sensing experts converged on the Italian island of Sicily last month to discuss how the strong success of ESA’s Aeolus mission is shaping scientists’ understanding of the winds that sweep across the planet.

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    Interviewing Mirko Albani 12 Apr 2022

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    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.

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    What is Aeolus VRE? 5 Apr 2022

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    What is Aeolus VRE?

    Learn more about the The Aeolus Virtual Research Environment (VRE), the latest extension to the VirES for Aeolus service

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    SMOS L2 Sea Surface Salinity products documentation updates 24 Mar 2022

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    SMOS L2 Sea Surface Salinity products documentation updates

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

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    Launch of Aeolus VRE 23 Mar 2022

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    Launch of Aeolus VRE

    The Aeolus Virtual Research Environment (VRE) is a cloud service, which provides users with a web-based development environment in the form of a JupyterLab workspace.