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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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    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 - 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 - 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 - 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

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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.

  • 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 - Data Release news

    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.

  • 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 - Success Stories

    How Envisat helped to shape global understanding of Earth’s systems 1 Mar 2022

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    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 - 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 - Data Release news

    10 Feb 2022

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    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 - Data Release news

    New CryoSat-2 Thematic Products Now Available 27 Jan 2022

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    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 - Success Stories

    Retrieving Snow Depth Over Sea Ice Using Dual-Frequency Altimetric Measurements 21 Dec 2021

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    Retrieving Snow Depth Over Sea Ice Using Dual-Frequency Altimetric Measurements

    A new study from the sea ice team of the Laboratory of Space Geophysical and Oceanographic Studies (LEGOS) in Toulouse has shown that dual-frequency SARAL and CryoSat-2 altimetric measurements can be used to retrieve consistent snow depth data over sea ice in both hemispheres.

  • News - Success Stories

    ICEYE, the World’s First SAR New Space Constellation 20 Dec 2021

    News - Success Stories

    ICEYE, the World’s First SAR New Space Constellation

    ICEYE is a revolutionary Finnish company that developed and launched the world’s first under-100 kilogram synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellites into orbit.

  • News - General News

    ICEYE infographic 7 Dec 2021

    News - General News

    ICEYE infographic

    Learn more about the ICEYE mission, a constellation of SAR satellites and part of ESA's Third Party Missions programme, in our latest infographic.

  • News - Success Stories

    COP26 fuels interest in satellite data 25 Nov 2021

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    COP26 fuels interest in satellite data

    As COP26 stimulates action to reduce global warming, the essential role of satellite data in understanding and monitoring climate change is apparent.

  • News - Success Stories

    CryoTEMPO-EOLIS Products Now Available for Iceland, Svalbard, and the Canadian Arctic 24 Nov 2021

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    CryoTEMPO-EOLIS Products Now Available for Iceland, Svalbard, and the Canadian Arctic

    Land-ice is declining globally, raising sea levels worldwide and impacting glacial risks and access to fresh-water in high-mountain glaciers regions. Land-ice monitoring via Earth Observation methods in general, and altimetry in particular, are essential for tracking the current status of ice volume change and its evolution as climate continues to evolve and mitigating actions are being pursued.

  • News - Data Release news

    SMOS sea ice thickness Arctic winter season 2021/2022 data available 18 Nov 2021

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    SMOS sea ice thickness Arctic winter season 2021/2022 data available

    SMOS Sea Ice thickness level 3 and level 4 data products are now available for the Arctic winter season 2021/2022.