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ESA's two European Remote Sensing (ERS) satellites, ERS-1 and –2, were launched into the same orbit in 1991 and 1995 respectively. Their payloads included a synthetic aperture imaging radar, radar altimeter and instruments to measure ocean surface temperature and wind fields.

ERS-2 added an additional sensor for atmospheric ozone monitoring. The two satellites acquired a combined data set extending over two decades.

 

The ERS-1 mission ended on 10 March 2000 and ERS-2 was retired on 05 September 2011.

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ERS-2 Scatterometer L2 dataset processing with ASPS v. 10.04 completed

14 May 2015

The re-processing campaign of ERS-2 Scatterometer Level 2.0 products has been completed, adopting the latest Advanced Scatterometer Processing System (ASPS) version 10.04. Data from Cycle 10 to Cycle 165 (26 March 1996 - 07 March 2011) and from the 3 days repeat cycles at the end of the mission (07 March 2011 - 05 July 2011) is now available to the user community.

EOLI-SSO integration completed successfully - Change in EOLI-SA login accounts

10 April 2015

As of Thursday, 09 April 2015, starting from 16:00 UTC, the EOLI-SA Catalogue and ordering tool has been integrated in the EO Single Sign-On (EO-SSO) architecture.

EOLI-SSO integration on 09 April 2015 - Change in EOLI-SA login accounts

08 April 2015

As of Thursday, 09 April 2015, starting from 16:00 UTC, the EOLI-SA Catalogue and ordering tool will be integrated in the EO Single Sign-On (EO-SSO) architecture.

The accounts currently in use for the data ordering in EOLI-SA will be dismissed.

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On solid ground

03 December 2014

Lovers of architecture and history can rest easy: the stability of historical buildings can now be monitored in real time by a new technique with its roots in space.

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Pine Island retreat on the radar

27 March 2014

Twenty years of radar coverage from ESA satellites have been used to measure the rapid thinning of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier - and it's losing more ice than previously thought.

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GlobIce: mapping the movement of sea ice

14 March 2012

An ESA-funded project to model sea ice dynamics using archived radar data from the Envisat and ERS missions has released its first validated datasets for the Arctic winters of 2004-11. Mapping sea ice displacement is key for climate research.

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Best of ERS: 20 years of observing Earth

28 September 2011

Watch the celebration and scientific workshop on the legacy of the two ERS satellite missions. The events were held on 27 September at ESRIN, ESA's centre for Earth observation, in Frascati, Italy.

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Celebrating 20 years of ERS

13 July 2011

These images of Rome and its surroundings were acquired by ERS-1 and ERS-2 during their long service around the globe, providing valuable information to the scientific community for 20 years.

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ESA's old EO missions perform sophisticated new tricks

29 April 2009

Envisat and ERS-2, ESA's two veteran Earth missions, have completed a second tandem observation campaign. The technique involved flying the two satellites in precisely coordinated orbits, generating valuable new radar data for modelling Arctic terrain.