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The analysis of the properties of clouds is aimed at understanding their evolution and development. In particular this work hopes to improve rainfall prediction techniques.

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Romania to shed new light on the atmosphere

14 October 2014

Romania is leading the way in an ambitious project to build an instrument to detect and monitor tiny particles suspended in the air. The new 'lidar' - the first of its kind in Europe - is set to contribute to ESA's satellites that focus on the atmosphere.

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Monitoring water quality down under

28 July 2014

Former Copernicus Masters competition winner EOMAP has launched a new web-based application that provides daily maps of Australia’s coastal water quality.

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Special delivery from CryoSat

11 June 2014

New data products from ESA's ice mission open new doors for scientists studying oceans.

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Monitoring air quality takes next step

28 March 2014

With air pollution linked to millions of deaths around the world, it has never been more important to monitor the air we breathe. Today marks a significant step forward as a deal is secured to build a crucial space sensor for tracking the world's air quality.

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El Niño's impact on continental evaporation

22 January 2014

As global temperatures gradually increase, more water is expected to evaporate into the atmosphere. But using satellite data, scientists have discovered that El Niño-induced droughts have caused global declines in evapotranspiration despite rising temperatures.

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Smelling Grímsvötn

05 September 2012

While piloting a commercial transatlantic flight last year, Captain Klaus Sievers and his crew got a whiff of an unusual odour. In a confined space 10 km up in the air, there was only one thing it could be. The foul smell with traces of sulphur in the cockpit came from none other than the Grímsvötn volcano that was spewing gas and ash from southeast Iceland.

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ESA's wind mission

16 January 2012

ADM-Aeolus is the first space mission to acquire profiles of the wind on a global scale. These near-realtime observations will improve the accuracy of numerical weather and climate prediction and advance our understanding of tropical dynamics and processes relevant to climate variability.

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Synergetic cloud fraction determination for SCIAMACHY using MERIS

22 February 2011

A newly developed algorithm for determining a more accurate geometric cloud fraction for SCIAMACHY ground scenes at nadir using...

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EOPI - Accurate Rain Information from ENVISAT Sensors (ARIES). Results published June 2004.

11 October 2006

Clouds and rain are an integral part of the cycle of freshwater between atmosphere and ocean, and they also affect the radiative heat ...

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There’s a Change in Rain Around Desert Cities (July 2006)

11 October 2006

A study using NASA satellite data and weather records show the urban heat island effect, pollution, irrigation and population changes alter rainfall in desert cities. Urban areas with high concentrations of ...