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The forecast of crop yield is used operationally to cover continental areas such as Europe for the purposes of agricultural policy decisions. The techniques are also being implemented world-wide in more critical areas to support aid programmes.

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Glowing plants a sign of health

12 February 2014

Radiant skin is considered a sign of good health in humans, but plants also glow when they are well. A potential new ESA satellite could use this fluorescence to track the health and productivity of vegetation worldwide.

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Taking Earth's temperature

13 January 2014

Like thermometers in the sky, satellite instruments can measure the temperatures of Earth's surfaces. ESA's new GlobTemperature project is merging these data from a variety of spaceborne sensors to provide scientists with a one-stop shop for land, lake and ice temperature data.

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Monitoring and managing Africa's water resources

31 October 2013

With water security being one of Africa's biggest challenges, ESA's TIGER initiative is using satellite observations to provide local authorities with the information they need to develop this vital resource.

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Nature valued from space

11 July 2013

Satellites show how we can promote economic development in an environmentally sustainable manner by putting a price on nature's resources.

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Probing vegetation across the globe

10 July 2013

The first global map of vegetation from the recently launched Proba-V has been unveiled, demonstrating that the minisatellite is on track to continue a 15-year legacy of global vegetation monitoring from space.

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A helping hand from above for the Gambia

14 June 2013

Satellites are being used to promote agriculture in one of the world's poorest countries.

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Monitoring water resources in the Mediterranean

19 December 2012

The effects of climate change, population growth and economic development in the Mediterranean are posing a threat to the water supply in the region. As part of ESA's TIGER initiative, satellite data are supporting water management by identifying water resources.

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Could short wavelength radar reveal new views of Earth from space?

03 October 2012

As our quest for knowledge about our planet grows, so does the need for novel technologies to offer new insight into the changing face of Earth. Researchers are excited about the potential of a new radar wavelength to image Earth from space.

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Sweet news from Belgium

20 June 2012

Many people know and crave delicious Belgian chocolate, but might not be aware that the Belgian city of Tienen is known as the ‘Sugar City’ of Europe. And satellites are helping to grow the crop that makes our taste buds tingle.

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Over 30 years of global soil moisture observations for climate applications

19 June 2012

Water held in soil plays an important role in the climate system. The dataset released by ESA is the first remote-sensing soil moisture data record spanning the period 1978 to 2010 - a predecessor of the data now being provided by ESA's SMOS mission.