To the Arctic for CryoSat and beyond
20 March 2017
After the relative quiet of the long dark winter months, the Arctic will be a tad busier over the coming weeks as numerous researchers descend on this harsh, yet fragile environment. Their aim is not to disturb its beauty, but to join forces in an all-out effort to measure ice on land and sea.
Environmental changes in the Arctic are no longer only of interest to scientists.
The need to understand and respond to dwindling polar ice is being given increasing importance at global climate discussions and vital for adopting strategies to mitigate and to adapt to change.
Top story on Copernicus
12 June 2017
With the Sentinel-2B satellite close to beginning its working life in orbit, this latest Copernicus satellite has linked up to Alphasat by laser, across almost 36 000 km of space, to deliver images of Earth just moments after they were captured.
The test, which was done as part of Sentinel-2B's commissioning, included capturing a strip of images from Europe to North Africa.
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