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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 - General News

    Charter on major disasters celebrates 20 years of operations 20 Oct 2020

    News - General News

    Charter on major disasters celebrates 20 years of operations

    The International Charter Space and Major Disasters is now 20 years old.

  • News - General News

    PAZ data now available to users worldwide 24 June 2020

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    PAZ data now available to users worldwide

    ESA is pleased to announce the availability of the PAZ satellite products to the scientific community, for R&D activities and start-ups.

  • News - General News

    ICEYE data available for assessment 18 June 2020

    News - General News

    ICEYE data available for assessment

    The SAR user community is invited to participate to the call to assess the suitability of the ICEYE constellation, for science and EO-based applications.

  • News - General News

    19 May 2020

    News - General News

    Forty years of heritage data highlight warming European lakes

    In the last decade, climate change has taken centre stage in both the public and scientific arenas, as increasingly extreme weather and human impact on the environment have become more apparent.

  • News - Scientific Highlights

    27 Mar 2020

    News - Scientific Highlights

    Coronavirus lockdown leading to drop in pollution across Europe

    New data, based on observations from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, are showing strong reductions in nitrogen dioxide concentrations over several major cities across Europe.

  • News - General News

    24 Mar 2020

    News - General News

    ALOS PALSAR WB1 Collection now available online

    Area Observation Mode (Burst Mode 1) collection, which will complete the existing ALOS PALSAR data offer.

  • News - Scientific Highlights

    13 Mar 2020

    News - Scientific Highlights

    Coronavirus: nitrogen dioxide emissions drop over Italy

    New data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite reveal the decline of air pollution, specifically nitrogen dioxide emissions, over Italy.

  • News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    12 Mar 2020

    News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    Greenland and Antarctica losing ice six times faster than expected

    According to a new report, Greenland and Antarctica are losing ice six times faster than in the 1990s – currently on track with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's worst-case climate warming scenario.

  • News - Scientific Highlights

    Heritage data still widely used today 6 Mar 2020

    News - Scientific Highlights

    Heritage data still widely used today

    For about 30 years now, ESA satellites have been cruising some 800 km above our heads, collecting information about our planet-but why are older missions still so fundamental today?

  • News - General News, Operational News

    21 Feb 2020

    News - General News, Operational News

    2012 CryoSat Ice Baseline D reprocessed data now available

    We're pleased to inform the CryoSat scientific community that the reprocessed CryoSat Ice Baseline D data for all of 2012 has been published on the Science Server and is now available for download.

  • News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    5 Feb 2020

    News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    Space key to wetland conservation

    Wetlands worldwide are vanishing at an alarming rate. New maps produced by ESA's GlobWetland Africa project show how satellite observations can be used for the effective use and management of wetlands in Africa.

  • News - Announcement of Opportunity, Events and Proceedings, General News

    27 Jan 2020

    News - Announcement of Opportunity, Events and Proceedings, General News

    Contract secures build of ozone-monitoring Altius satellite

    ESA has awarded a contract to QinetiQ to build Altius. This new mission will deliver profiles of concentrations of stratospheric ozone with high vertical resolution, as well as profiles of other atmospheric trace gases.

  • News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    16 Jan 2020

    News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    Flooding in southern Iran

    Heavy rainfall has triggered flooding in southern Iran, particularly in the Sistan and Baluchestan, Hormozgan and Kerman provinces. The downpour has led to blocked roads and destroyed bridges, crops and houses – displacing thousands of people.

  • News - Events and Proceedings, General News

    13 Jan 2020

    News - Events and Proceedings, General News

    EO for Polar Science Workshop

    The EO for Polar Science Workshop will be held at the Tivoli Congress Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 17 to 19 June 2020.

  • News - Events and Proceedings, General News

    9 Jan 2020

    News - Events and Proceedings, General News

    Australia: like a furnace

    Ferocious bushfires have been sweeping across Australia since September, fuelled by record-breaking temperatures, drought and wind. The country has always experienced fires, but this season has been horrific.

  • News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    20 Dec 2019

    News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    Proba-1 and its 18 years of successful operations

    Launched on 22 October 2001 and originally designed as a two-year mission, Proba-1 continues to provide valuable hyperspectral data to the scientific community, alongside priceless insight of long-lived missions—all while having travelled 4,329,416,712 kilometres to date.

  • News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    16 Dec 2019

    News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    Shedding light in the dark: radar satellites lead the way

    Spare a thought this Christmas for researchers hunkered down on their Polarstern icebreaker, adrift in the frozen Arctic Ocean. Subjected to temperatures as low as -45°C and the perpetual darkness of the polar winter, they are willing participants in MOSAiC – the world's largest and longest polar research expedition. Despite the darkness, however, the researchers and crew remain aware of what is happening close by. How? With the help of radar imaging satellites

  • News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    13 Dec 2019

    News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    CryoSat maps ice shelf on the move

    It is now almost 10 years since ESA's CryoSat was launched. Throughout its decade in orbit, this novel satellite, which carries a radar altimeter to measure changes in the height of the world's ice, has returned a wealth of information about how ice sheets, sea ice and glaciers are responding to climate change. One of the most recent findings from this extraordinary mission shows how it can be used to map changes in the seaward edges of Antarctic ice shelves

  • News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    26 Nov 2019

    News - General News, Scientific Highlights

    Floods in northern Italy

    Torrential downpours have battered many parts of Italy this month, with extreme flooding wreaking havoc across northern Italy. The province of Alessandria is said to be one of the worst-affected areas according to Italian media, with around 200 people evacuated and 600 said to be left stranded.

  • News - General News

    21 Nov 2019

    News - General News

    Smoke in New South Wales

    The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission captured the plumes of smoke from the bushfires in Australia. The recent blazes triggered a ‘hazardous' air quality warning for Sydney – the highest level on Australia's Air Quality Index.