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What's happening to Greenland's ice?

05 July 2019

Heatwave conditions catapulted Greenland into an early Arctic summer in June, prompting widespread melting across its icesheet surface, according to researchers at the Danish Meteorological Institute.

CryoSat New Geographical Mask in support to the French/US SWOT mission

05 July 2019

A new Geographical Mode Mask (v 4.0) will be operational from week 34 (19 to 26 August 2019) onwards. The mask is the basis of the CryoSat mission planning and defines the mode switching of the SIRAL instrument while the satellite revolves around the Earth. 

CryoSat magnetometer data now available to support Swarm Sciences

05 July 2019

We are pleased to announce the new release of magnetic field data recorded by Fluxgate magnetometers operating on-board ESA's CryoSat mission.

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Rare lava lake

04 July 2019

Mount Michael is an active stratovolcano on the remote Saunders Island, one of the South Sandwich Islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean. In situ observations of the volcano prove difficult owing to its remote location and the fact that it is almost 1000 m high and difficult to climb. However, modern satellite imagery can help survey isolated locations such as these.

Join Φ-week

03 July 2019

Join ESA's Φ-week on 9–13 September to hear all about the latest trends in Earth observation and to explore the space business of tomorrow.

Registration closes 25 July.

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German wildfire

02 July 2019

On 30 June, a wildfire broke out at a military training site in Lübtheen, in northern Germany. Emergency services had difficulties containing the site, owing to unexploded munitions from military activities going back as far as World War II. 

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Surviving the shaker brings better weather forecasting a step closer

02 July 2019

With the first in the next generation of Meteosat satellites due to be launched in a couple of years, an important milestone has been passed, further paving the way for better weather forecasts – something on which we all rely.

New version of the Swarm Weekly Quality Report

01 July 2019

Starting from the week 8-14 April, a new version of the Swarm Quality Report will be introduced. The improvements of this new version consist in a shorter description of all the data quality controls with the aim to report only the most significant information.

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The heat is on

28 June 2019

With some places expecting to be hit with air temperatures of over 40°C in the next days, much of Europe is in the grip of a heatwave – and one that is setting record highs for June. According to meteorologists this current bout of sweltering weather is down to hot air being drawn from north Africa.

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Fire red lines

27 June 2019

One of the largest wildfires recorded in Arizona, US, has been burning since 8 June, destroying vast swathes of vegetation across the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix.