Sentinel-1 sees through hurricanes
25 October 2017
This year's Atlantic hurricane season has been a harsh reminder of the grief and devastation brought by these vast storms. Imaging the top of hurricanes from space is nothing new, but the Sentinel-1 satellites can see right through these towering spinning weather systems, measuring the sea surface below to help predict the storm's path.
The 2017 hurricane season isn't even over yet, but 10 Atlantic storms in a row have already reached hurricane strength – the first time this has happened in more than a century.
Since understanding and predicting these powerful weather systems is essential to saving lives and property, scientists have been looking into how the Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar mission can help.
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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.