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Using machine learning for rewilding

10 September 2019

There may not be an obvious connection between rewilding and machine learning, but as highlighted today at ESA's ɸ-week, a project in the Netherlands uses satellite data and new digital technology to understand how a nature reserve responds to the pressure of being grazed by herbivores.

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Using artificial intelligence to automate sea-ice charting

10 September 2019

Reliable maps of sea-ice conditions and forecasts are of vital importance for maritime safety, safe navigation and planning. The continued retreating and thinning of Arctic sea ice calls for a more effective way of producing detailed and timely ice information – which is where artificial intelligence comes in.

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Australian bushfires

10 September 2019

Australia is tackling multiple bushfires that have broken out across New South Wales and Queensland over the past few days. In this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission on 8 September, fires burning in the Yuraygir National Park and Shark Creek area are visible.

ESA’s ɸ-week 2019 opens with a flourish

09 September 2019

Following the success of last year's ɸ-week, this year's event promises to be even more exciting. With the conference room packed to the gunwales, ɸ-week 2019 kicked off this afternoon at ESA's centre of Earth observation in Italy with a series of stimulating talks, lively debate and an announcement of a new initiative.

ESA and ɸ

09 September 2019

In this video Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA, reflects on last year's ɸ-week, and discusses progress made so far. 

AI for space

09 September 2019

In this video Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA, and Holger Hoos, Professor of Machine Learning at Leiden University introduce us the world's first AI Special Interest Group dedicated to space.

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Monitoring air pollution from fires

09 September 2019

The wildfires that have been devastating the Amazon rainforest have been international headline news over the last weeks. These fires are not only an environmental tragedy in terms of lost forest and biodiversity, but they are also leaving their mark on the atmosphere, affecting air quality and, potentially, the global climate.

ɸ-week live

05 September 2019

On 9–13 September, ESA's second ɸ-week brings together emerging space investors, tech leaders, entrepreneurs, space scientists and Earth observation researchers to explore how open science and innovation can benefit from the latest digital technologies to help shape future Earth observation missions and services.

Swarm Equatorial Electric Field (EEF) Level-2 products now available

04 September 2019

A new baseline of the Equatorial Electric Field (EEFxTMS_2F) L2 product was released on 4 September 2019. This product contains the eastward Equatorial Electric Field (EEF) estimated from magnetometer measurements of each Swarm spacecraft as they cross the magnetic equator.

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Copernicus Sentinel-6A ready for testing

04 September 2019

Dedicated to measuring changes in global sea level, the Copernicus Sentinel-6A satellite is now equipped with some of its measuring instruments and ready to be tested in preparation for liftoff at the end of next year.