Forestry applications cover both the mapping of forest area and health of the canopy itself. Today the extent and health of the world's forests are key indicators in the monitoring of the world's climate.
20 September 2017
Using satellite radar data, scientists have created a global map that quantifies the amount of wood in our forests - a key to understanding Earth's carbon cycle and, ultimately, climate change.
03 March 2016
With deforestation accounting for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions, satellite observations have an important role to play in mapping this changing ecosystem. ESA is therefore going to great lengths to make sure a new sensor will live up to its promise.
29 September 2015
With the new Earth observation satellites carrying a range of technologies such as radar and multispectral imaging instruments for land, ocean and atmospheric monitoring, data are available for the next 20-30 years. However, this means little unless there are capable people handling them.
09 September 2015
The My Planet from Space: Fragility and Beauty exhibition in New York, USA, drew to a close yesterday with a ceremony attended by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN.
27 July 2015
From agricultural monitoring to charting changing lands, early images from Europe's new Sentinel-2A satellite show how the 'colour vision' mission's critical observations can be used to keep us and our planet safe.
22 July 2015
Mapping forest biomass from space poses a huge technical challenge, but ESA is building a new satellite to do just that. To make sure its novel measuring technique is accurate over a wide range of forest types, scientists headed over to Gabon in Central Africa.
03 March 2015
Developers of apps that use satellite data to assist the agricultural industry took home the top two prizes at this year's ESA App Camp in Barcelona.
03 February 2015
Field experiments have shown how ESA's potential FLEX mission could identify vegetation that is suffering degrees of stress invisible to the naked eye.
30 January 2015
Over the last 10 years a new method using satellite radar data has been maturing to provide 3D views of Earth's natural resources and urban environments. Scientists from around the world gathered recently to share the latest advances in the exciting technique of 'POLinSAR'.
03 December 2014
Scientists are using satellite data to improve understanding of the time it takes for a carbon atom fixed in a plant by photosynthesis to return into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide – known as ‘carbon turnover'.
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