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The world's wetlands form a unique environment for natural species, but due to their fragility they are evermore under pressure. The study of the environment and the change elements which affect them are the core of this application area.

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Proba-V eyes Bolivia's vanishing lake

08 February 2016

Monitoring Earth's surface every day, ESA's Proba-V minisatellite has had a ringside seat as the second largest lake in Bolivia gradually dried up. Lake PoopĆ³ has now been declared fully evaporated.

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First applications from Sentinel-2A

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.

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Wetland management on the radar

11 June 2015

An ESA project focuses on exploiting satellite radar data to monitor wetlands for sustainable water management.

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World Wetlands Day focuses on agriculture

31 January 2014

The 2014 World Wetlands Day highlights the need for wetlands and the agriculture sector to work together. ESA's GlobWetland II project assists Mediterranean countries in the sustainable use of these areas and demonstrates the evolution of wetlands and agricultural patterns over time.

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Watching wetlands from space

23 July 2013

The use of satellite data to monitor wetlands for sustainable water management is growing. Following promising results from monitoring efforts in the Mediterranean, ESA is working with African partners to expand its GlobWetland project even further.

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Water mission extends its talents to carbon

22 March 2013

ESA's SMOS satellite is not only proving its worth by mapping soil moisture and ocean salinity, this multifaceted satellite has now shown that it can 'see' through vegetation to monitor wetlands for a better understanding of Earth's carbon cycle.

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Monitoring wetlands for sustainable water management

08 February 2013

Wetlands play a major role in the availability and quality of water, containing most of the water used to meet human needs. ESA’s GlobWetland II project is helping Mediterranean countries to monitor these precious resources.

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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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Satellites protect wetland areas

18 July 2012

Wetlands are havens of biodiversity, and have important ecological, hydrological and economic value, but their misuse can have devastating consequences. Satellite data are being used for wetland conservation and management.

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Spotlight on Sentinel-2

04 May 2012

The vast potential of ESA's upcoming Sentinel-2 satellites came into focus at the Preparatory Symposium recently held in Italy on how they will benefit current and future projects that exploit Earth observation data.