Italy's drought seen from space
05 September 2017
Despite the welcome showers at the weekend, abnormally low soil-moisture conditions persist in central Italy. Scientists are using satellite data to monitor the drought that has gripped the country.
Wildfires, water scarcity and billions of euros worth of damage to agriculture are just some of the effects of this summer's drought in Italy – not to mention the relentless heat. News of potential water rationing in the capital have even made headlines worldwide.
As local authorities work to mitigate the drought, scientists are turning their eyes to the sky for answers.
Top story on Copernicus
15 September 2018
Making landfall in the US state of North Carolina on 14 September, Hurricane Florence is causing widespread damage and flooding.
With lives and property at risk, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was standing by ready to map the floods to help relief efforts.