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Ready to build the Biomass forest mission

03 May 2016

ESA and Airbus Defence and Space UK signed a €229 million contract on 29 April to build the next Earth Explorer: the Biomass satellite, due to begin its mission in 2021.

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Focus on Gabon forests for Biomass

03 March 2016

With deforestation accounting for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions, satellite observations have an important role to play in mapping this changing ecosystem. ESA is therefore going to great lengths to make sure a new sensor will live up to its promise.

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Gabon on the radar

22 July 2015

Mapping forest biomass from space poses a huge technical challenge, but ESA is building a new satellite to do just that. To make sure its novel measuring technique is accurate over a wide range of forest types, scientists headed over to Gabon in Central Africa.

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ESA's Biomass satellite goes ahead

19 February 2015

Following the initial selection in 2013 for Biomass to become ESA's seventh Earth Explorer mission and the completion of preparatory activities, ESA Member States yesterday gave the green light for its full implementation for launch in 2020.

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Mapping forest structure from space

30 January 2015

Over the last 10 years a new method using satellite radar data has been maturing to provide 3D views of Earth's natural resources and urban environments. Scientists from around the world gathered recently to share the latest advances in the exciting technique of 'POLinSAR'.

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Earth's northern biomass mapped and measured

26 June 2013

The biomass of the northern hemisphere's forests has been mapped with greater precision than ever before thanks to satellites, improving our understanding of the carbon cycle and our prediction of Earth's future climate.

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Earth Explorers take centre stage at Le Bourget

19 June 2013

ESA's new Biomass mission and the numerous accomplishments from the existing Earth Explorer satellites came into focus yesterday at the Paris Air and Space Show.

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Getting ready for ESA's largest scientific event of the year

10 June 2013

Start planning your week in Edinburgh - the programme for September's Living Planet Symposium is now available online.

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ESA calls for Biomass Mission Advisory Group

08 May 2013

Following ESA's Earth Observation Programme Board's selection of the Biomass mission as the seventh Earth Explorer, the Mission Advisory Group is being re-established. Scientists from the Earth science community are invited to apply for membership.

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ESA's next Earth Explorer satellite

07 May 2013

ESA's Earth Observation Programme Board has selected 'Biomass' to become the seventh Earth Explorer mission. The innovative satellite aims to map and monitor one of Earth’s most precious resources.

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New Earth Explorer mission to be selected

21 January 2013

This March marks an important milestone in the Earth observation calendar. Scientists from all over Europe will be gathering in Graz, Austria, to scrutinise three innovative satellite concepts. One will then be chosen as ESA’s seventh Earth Explorer.

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Save the date: Selection of ESA's seventh Earth Explorer

15 October 2012

Next spring will mark a significant milestone in the Earth observation calendar. The decision will be taken as to which of the three concepts competing to be the next Earth Explorer satellite mission will be developed and built.