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Carbon Cycle

23 February 2018

As part of the way Earth works as a system, carbon is continuously passed between the ocean, the land and the atmosphere. This involves a range of different processes, some of which can be observed by satellites. Human activity is disturbing these natural processes and causing a rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Satellites and ESA's Climate Change Initiative are helping to improve our understanding of the carbon cycle and its role in climate change.

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Swarm trio becomes a quartet

22 February 2018

With the aim of making the best possible use of existing satellites, ESA and Canada have made a deal that turns Swarm into a four-satellite mission to shed even more light on space weather and features such as the aurora borealis.

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Sentinel-1 provides support in Taiwan's earthquake

22 February 2018

The Sentinel-1 satellites of Europe's Copernicus Programme are being used to quantify the surface deformation of the disaster area around the Hualien earthquake.

Extended coverage of the Swarm 2 Hz EFI LP extended dataset for all spacecraft

22 February 2018

We would like to inform the Swarm users that the 2 Hz Langmuir Probes extended dataset coverage has been increased in the ESA FTP server. The data now cover the time interval from 02 December 2013 to 11 December 2017 for all Swarm spacecraft.

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Profiling the wind

22 February 2018

ESA's Earth Explorer Aeolus satellite will be launched later this year to measure the world's winds from space. The satellite carries one of the most sophisticated instruments ever to be put into orbit: Aladin, which includes two powerful lasers, a large telescope and very sensitive receivers.

ESA's upcoming event on Earth Observation Φ-week

21 February 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a Φ-week event from 22 to 26 October 2018, focusing on the EO Open Science and FutureEO, which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN.


Abstract submission deadline: 01 April 2018.

11th Coastal Altimetry Workshop registration open

20 February 2018

The Coastal Altimetry Community is organising the 11th Edition of the Coastal Altimetry Workshop in Frascati (Italy), ESRIN, on 12-15 June 2018.

OADS - OTF maintenance on 21 and 22 Feb 2018

19 February 2018

Due to scheduled maintenance, access to the OADS-OTF online dissemination systems for ALOS PALSAR data and the Third Party Missions (TPM) datasets will be unavailable on 21 and 22 February 2018.

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Swarm details energetic coupling

15 February 2018

The Sun bathes our planet in the light and heat it needs to sustain life, but it also bombards us with dangerous charged particles in solar wind. Our magnetic field largely shields from this onslaught, but like many a relationship, it's somewhat complicated. Thanks to ESA's Swarm mission the nature of this Earth–Sun coupling has been revealed in more detail than ever before.

Extension of Swarm 2 Hz TII Cross-Track data flow dataset

15 February 2018

We would like to inform the Swarm users that the 2 Hz TII Cross-Track data flow dataset has been extended in the ESA FTP server.