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  • News - General News

    News - General News

    FLEX infographic

    Learn about ESA's upcoming FLEX mission, which is dedicated to gathering information about photosynthetic activity to shed light on the functioning of Earth's vegetation, in our latest infographic.

  • News - General News

    News - General News

    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.

  • Event - Conference

    Event - Conference

    Living Planet Symposium 2022

    Learn about the 2022 edition of ESA's Living Planet Symposium.

  • News - Success Stories

    News - Success Stories

    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.

  • Document - General Reference

    Document - General Reference

    Earth-Explorers-brochure.pdf

    This is the Earth Explorers brochure

  • News - Success Stories

    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

    News - Success Stories

    How space data are transforming the global food system

    European Earth observation activities are accelerating a data-driven transformation in the agriculture sector that is helping farmers adapt to the dual challenges of climate change and population increase.

  • News - Success Stories

    News - Success Stories

    Satellite data boost global understanding of land surface

    Understanding our changing land surface is essential in the study of climate change. Satellites are used to monitor changes to the material that covers Earth’s surface, so-called land cover, such as vegetation and water.

  • Activity - General activities

    Activity - General activities

    EO Science for Society

    ESA's Earth Observation Science for Society programme aims to promote scientific exploitation of satellite data, forges new scientific discoveries and pioneers new services, stimulating downstream industrial and economic growth.

  • News - Data Release news

    News - Data Release news

    New Campaign datasets available

    A new set of datasets is available, acquired during airborne campaigns conducted between 2014 and 2019

  • Campaign

    Campaign

    Sentinel-3 OLCI Tandem 2018

    In 2018, a tandem campaign was conducted between the Sentinel-3A and 3B satellites to help test the future FLEX mission.

  • Campaign

    Campaign

    SoyFLEX II 2016

    The SoyFLEX II experiment was a repetition of an experiment that took place during the 2015 campaign in Germany.

  • Campaign

    Campaign

    FLEX EU 2014

    The FLEX-EU Campaign was carried out in 2014 over an agricultural area around Jülich, Germany, Latisana, Italy and forest sites in Czech Republic

  • Campaign

    Campaign

    SoyFLEX 2015

    SoyFLEX 2015 took place over the agricultural area around Jülich, Germany and Rzecin wetland site, Poland

  • Campaign

    Campaign

    SEN2FLEX

    SENtinel-2 and FLuorescence EXperiment (SEN2FLEX) campaign combines different activities in support of initiatives related both to fluorescence experiments and Sentinel-2 initiative for prototyping of resolutions to meet mission requirements.

  • Campaign

    Campaign

    CEFLES2

    The objective of the CEFLES2 campaigns was to provide key reference data and background knowledge for the preparatory phases of the Sentinel‐2 and FLEX missions.

  • Campaign

    Campaign

    SPARC

    ESA's SPectra bARrax Campaign (SPARC) activity was part of the preparatory study for a proposed ESA Earth Explorer mission called SPECTRA. The objective was to collect a CHRIS/PROBA reference dataset for SPECTRA-related studies.

  • Campaign

    Campaign

    SIFLEX

    The Solar Induced Fluorescence Experiment (SIFLEX) 2002 campaign was to understand whether solar-induced fluorescence measurements might someday be used to monitor and map the photochemical activity of boreal forests from space.

  • Campaign

    Campaign

    HYFLEX

    This HYFLEX campaign aimed to deliver maps of sun-induced fluorescence recorded from airborne measurements using the approaches of the spaceborne FLEX mission.

  • Campaign

    Campaign

    SEN2EXP

    In the SEN2EXP campaign, the data gap for broad leaf forests is addressed as suitable reference datasets of sufficient quality do not exist.