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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 - Success Stories

    Long-term satellite data show wind farms can affect local air currents 10 Nov 2022

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    Long-term satellite data show wind farms can affect local air currents

    Decades of satellite data have allowed for the first long-term study of the impact of offshore wind farms on downstream wind flow in coastal areas.

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    Studying forest biomass from space 25 Oct 2022

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    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.

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    COSMO-SkyMed infographic 13 Oct 2022

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    COSMO-SkyMed infographic

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

  • News - Events and Proceedings

    Very High Resolution data to take centre stage 28 Sept 2022

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    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.

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    Meet a young researcher who studies the behaviour of volcanoes worldwide 22 Sept 2022

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    Meet a young researcher who studies the behaviour of volcanoes worldwide

    Researcher Camila Novoa Lizama, of the University of Leeds, recently analysed how the use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery over the Puyehue Cordón-Caulle Volcanic Complex, in Chile, acquired by ALOS-1, Envisat and the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites, helped her team to better comprehend the temporal and spatial behaviour of ground displacements before, during and after the volcano’s last eruption.

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    New CryoVEx campaign datasets released 8 Sept 2022

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    New CryoVEx campaign datasets released

    Two new datasets have been released for the CryoVEx campaign, covering activities in Spring and Summer 2019.

  • News - Success Stories

    Data Quality for Third Party Missions 6 Sept 2022

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    Data Quality for Third Party Missions

    Earthnet Data Assessment Project (EDAP+) will continue to build on the success of the Earthnet Data Assessment Pilot (EDAP) project and aims to assess the quality and suitability of candidate non-ESA Earth observation (EO) missions under consideration for ESA’s Third Party Mission programme.

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    Spot Extended Area mode added to ICEYE on-demand portfolio 28 July 2022

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    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 - Events and Proceedings

    VHR Data Quality in the limelight 8 June 2022

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    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

    1 June 2022

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    Very High-resolution Radar and Optical Data Assessment 2022 Workshop

    The Very High-resolution Radar & Optical Data Assessment (VH-RODA) 2022 Workshop will be held at ESA/ESRIN in Frascati (Italy) from 7 November to 10 of November, 2022.

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

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    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 - 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.

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    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.

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    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

    SAOCOM the Argentinean constellation with an Italian twist 11 Feb 2022

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    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.

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    New imaging modes added to PAZ collection 18 Jan 2022

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    New imaging modes added to PAZ collection

    Two new imaging modes, Wide ScanSAR and Staring Spotlight, have been added to the PAZ 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.

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    SAOCOM data collection now open 3 Dec 2021

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    SAOCOM data collection now open

    SAOCOM data products acquired over the ASI Zone of Exclusivity (European territory and Mediterranean) are available to registered users.

  • News - Success Stories

    Earth Observation data to improve navigation risk modelling and shipping routes 8 Oct 2021

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    Earth Observation data to improve navigation risk modelling and shipping routes

    With the increased frequency of shipping activities, such as tourism and transport of freights, navigation safety has become a major concern. Even if new technologies have already supplied aids to pilots for navigation risk reduction, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) reports that the majority of accidents could have been avoided by providing suitable input to the navigation decision-making process — this is where Earth Observation data can represent complementary information, to improve traffic monitoring and guidance along safe routes.

  • News - General News

    New ERS infographic 16 July 2021

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    New ERS infographic

    To mark the occasion of the 30th anniversary of ERS, we've released a new infographic summarising the mission.

  • News - Data Release news

    Increased ERS SAR data availability 27 Apr 2021

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    Increased ERS SAR data availability

    A large amount of additional ERS-1/2 SAR data is now available to users via the dedicated ESA (A)SAR dissemination service.