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There are an ever increasing number of applications in support of industrial development from civil engineering to oil prospecting, and in the monitoring of urban change and population mapping for planning and control purposes.

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Tapping into Earth observation data for international development

11 December 2014

A new initiative brings ESA and the Asian Development Bank together to exploit satellite Earth observation data for sustainable growth.

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Land stability monitoring service wins Copernicus Masters

24 October 2014

The first satellite-based service for extensive and uninterrupted monitoring and mapping of land stability has won the top prize in the European Earth-monitoring competition.

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My Planet from Space

07 October 2014

The fragility and beauty of our planet came into focus yesterday with a special viewing of satellite images at Rome's Palazzo delle Esposizioni. The event was attended by the heads of ESA, NASA, Italy's space agency and representatives from the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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Experts demonstrate versatility of Sentinel-1

08 May 2014

From climate change monitoring to supporting humanitarian aid and crisis situations, early data applications from the month-old Sentinel-1A satellite show how the radar mission's critical observations can be used to keep us and our planet safe.

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First radar vision for Copernicus

16 April 2014

Launched on 3 April, ESA's Sentinel-1A satellite has already delivered its first radar images of Earth. They offer a tantalising glimpse of the kind of operational imagery that this new mission will provide for Europe's ambitious Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

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Oil and gas sector gears up for Sentinels

24 October 2013

The international body representing the oil and gas industry is promoting the use of satellite Earth observation as the industry explores new frontiers. The upcoming Sentinel suite of satellites will facilitate these new endeavours.

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Innovative vegetation monitor now up in the sky with Proba-V

07 May 2013

A newcomer has joined ESA's Earth Observation fleet with the launch of Proba-V, an innovative and new miniaturised satellite that will track vegetation on a global scale. Its data will provide researchers, educators and students with new data and images, helping us understand more about our own environment.

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World's major development banks look closer at Earth observation

30 April 2013

International development banks often invest in regions where projects can be difficult to monitor and evaluate. Earth-observing satellites are proving to be important tools for the development sector.

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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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Satellites predict city hot spots

29 September 2011

Satellites are helping to forecast the location of urban areas most affected during heat waves, helping planners to...