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The study of ocean colour/biology is primarily utilized by the fishing industry to monitor algal blooms and phytoplankton distribution, both key elements of the oceanic food chain.

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Fish farms guided by Sentinels and the cloud

21 October 2016

A new service harnesses three decades of satellite observations of coastal zones made available through a cloud-based system to provide a rich information source for fisheries, one of our fastest growing sources of food.

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Estonia's first contract with ESA focuses on ocean health

07 June 2016

Estonia has been awarded its first contract since becoming an ESA Member State in 2015. Over the next three years, scientists from Estonia's Tartu Observatory will head an international team to ensure that Sentinel-3's measurements of ocean colour are of the highest quality possible.

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Sentinel-2 catches eye of algal storm

04 September 2015

The Sentinel-2A satellite has been in orbit for only a matter of weeks, but new images of an algal bloom in the Baltic Sea show that it is already exceeding expectations. Built essentially as a land monitoring mission, Sentinel-2 will also certainly find its way into marine applications.

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ESA App Camp brings satellite data to mobile devices

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.

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SMOS on acid

17 February 2015

With fundamental changes happening to the chemistry of the world's oceans, salinity information from ESA's SMOS mission is being used with other Earth observation data to obtain information on 'the other carbon dioxide problem' - ocean acidification.

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Space for nature

29 May 2014

Information from Earth-observing satellites is being used to protect and sustainably manage our natural resources.

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Science meets Sentinel-3

06 December 2013

With the first of the Sentinel satellites being readied for launch next spring, scientists are looking ahead to the third mission in the series to ensure the highest quality data possible.

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Norwegian Sea's ups and downs

20 November 2012

An anticlockwise rotation of sea-surface height patterns has been observed near Norway's west coast. Archived data from radar altimeters on the ERS-1, ERS-2 and Envisat satellites show the wave-like motion around the centre of the Lofoten Basin.

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Earth From Space - Madagascar Jellyfish

06 December 2011

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. In this edition, we look at a colourful estuary in northwest Madagascar.

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Earth From Space - Summer in Bloom

06 December 2011

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. In this edition, phytoplankton highlight the whirls of ocean currents in spectacular shades of blue and green.