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Desert Greenery

17 June 2019

Today marks the 25th anniversary of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (WDCD). Under its theme ‘Let's grow the future together,' the initiative celebrates the 25 years of progress made in sustainable land management.

ERS, Envisat and TPM - OTF planned maintenance on 19 June 2019

17 June 2019

A software maintenance affecting the On-The-Fly (OTF) Third Party Missions (TPM) and ERS / Envisat (A)SAR data dissemination services has been planned for Wednesday.

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Santiago, Chile, viewed by Proba-V

12 June 2019

Chilean capital Santiago – among the largest conurbations in South America – viewed in false colour from ESA's Proba-V minisatellite, with vegetation in red.

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SMOS joins forces with top weather forecasting system

12 June 2019

As of yesterday, 11 June 2019, measurements from ESA's SMOS mission are being fully integrated into ECMWF's forecasting system, allowing for a more accurate description of water content in soil.

TerraSAR-X ESA archive dataset now available

06 June 2019

ESA is pleased to announce the availability of TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X products to the scientific community. Further details are available on the TerraSAR-X mission description page and within the TerraSAR-X ESA archive data product.

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Unexpected snow in Australia

05 June 2019

June marks the start of winter in Australia, but this year strong winds and bitter temperatures have hit the east coast, bringing unexpected snowfall. This image, captured on 4 June by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, shows the unusual layer of snow over the Southern Tablelands, southwest of Sydney.

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Satellites yield insight into not so permanent permafrost

17 May 2019

Ice is without doubt one of the first casualties of climate change, but the effects of our warming world are not only limited to ice melting on Earth's surface. Ground that has been frozen for thousands of years is also thawing, adding to the climate crisis and causing immediate problems for local communities.

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A quarter of glacier ice in West Antarctica is now unstable

16 May 2019

By combining 25 years of ESA satellite data, scientists have discovered that warming ocean waters have caused the ice to thin so rapidly that 24% of the glacier ice in West Antarctica is now affected.

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The air we breathe

16 May 2019

Air pollution is a global environmental health problem, especially for those living in urban areas. Not only does it negatively impact our ecosystems, it considerably affects our health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 8 million premature deaths per year are linked to air pollution, more than double of previous estimates.

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New Zealand’s South Island imaged by Proba-V

15 May 2019

The snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps stretch more than 500 km northeast to southwest across New Zealand's South Island, imaged here in the southern hemisphere's autumn by ESA's Proba-V minisatellite – now into its seventh year in orbit.

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