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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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Satellites confirm San Francisco tower is sinking

25 November 2016

The Sentinel-1 satellites have shown that the Millennium Tower skyscraper in the centre of San Francisco is sinking by a few centimetres a year. Studying the city is helping scientists to improve the monitoring of urban ground movements, particularly for subsidence hotspots in Europe.

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New map offers precise snapshot of human life on Earth

18 November 2016

A landmark global map showing nearly every human settlement on Earth is now available to researchers. Compared to previous mapping efforts, the satellite-based 'Global Urban Footprint' dataset shows not just urban centres, but also tiny rural hamlets.

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First satellite-based wildlife monitoring tool for airports

29 August 2016

Wildlife habitats close to airports pose a serious risk to safety at takeoff and landing. Thanks to ESA, a new service lets airports use satellites to identify and manage these areas.

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Monitoring pipelines from space

06 June 2016

Dutch company Orbital Eye has developed a service that uses satellites to monitor gas and oil pipelines. A major African pipeline operator has already signed up for the service.

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Mapping that sinking feeling

01 June 2016

For a low-lying, densely populated country like the Netherlands, monitoring subsidence is critical. Until recently, tiny displacements in the ground beneath our feet couldn't be mapped nationally but, thanks to the Sentinel-1 mission, this is now possible.

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Second Space App Camp

24 February 2016

New challenges and opportunities arise as Europe's Copernicus programme continues to launch the Sentinel satellites, converting their data into accessible products that can benefit citizens. The Space App Camps give developers the chance to deliver data from these and other satellites to the everyday user, via mobile apps.

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Building Radar takes home the Copernicus Masters

21 October 2015

Yesterday evening members of the international Earth observation industry came together at the ddb Forum in Berlin, for the 2015 Copernicus Masters Awards Ceremony.

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My Planet from Space exhibition draws special visitor

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.

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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.