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Greenland ice loss much faster than expected

10 December 2019

The Greenland ice sheet is losing mass seven times faster than in the 1990s, according to new research.

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Floods in northern Italy

26 November 2019

Torrential downpours have battered many parts of Italy this month, with extreme flooding wreaking havoc across northern Italy. The province of Alessandria is said to be one of the worst-affected areas according to Italian media, with around 200 people evacuated and 600 said to be left stranded.

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French earthquake fault mapped

18 November 2019

This week, southeast France was hit by a magnitude 5 earthquake with tremors felt between Lyon and Montélimar. The Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar mission has been used to map the way the ground shifted as a result of the quake.

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Tracking Typhoon Hagibis from space

29 October 2019

Hagibis was the biggest typhoon to hit Japan in decades. With extreme events like this likely to increase in number and in severity as a consequence of climate change, satellites are playing an increasingly important role in understanding and tracking huge storms.

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Emerging cracks in the Pine Island Glacier

18 October 2019

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites have revealed new cracks, or rifts, in the Pine Island Glacier – one of the primary ice arteries in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The two large rifts were first spotted in early 2019 and have each rapidly grown to approximately 20 km in length.

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B47 breaks off Getz Ice Shelf

17 October 2019

A large iceberg, approximately 260 sq km, recently calved from the Getz Ice Shelf in West Antarctica. Using images from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission from 2 September to 14 October 2019, this animation shows the berg breaking off before spinning around in the Amundsen Sea.

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Amery Iceberg

01 October 2019

A huge iceberg has broken off the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Dubbed D28, the iceberg is around 1600 sq km – about the size of Greater London. Approximately 30 km wide and 60 km long, it is estimated to weigh over 300 billion tonnes.

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Using artificial intelligence to automate sea-ice charting

10 September 2019

Reliable maps of sea-ice conditions and forecasts are of vital importance for maritime safety, safe navigation and planning. The continued retreating and thinning of Arctic sea ice calls for a more effective way of producing detailed and timely ice information – which is where artificial intelligence comes in.

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Using satellite information to help rebuild after a disaster

12 July 2019

ESA and the Asian Development Bank have joined forces to help the Indonesian government use satellite information to guide the redevelopment following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the provincial capital of Palu and surroundings last year.

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What's happening to Greenland's ice?

05 July 2019

Heatwave conditions catapulted Greenland into an early Arctic summer in June, prompting widespread melting across its icesheet surface, according to researchers at the Danish Meteorological Institute.

PolSARpro v6.0 (Biomass Edition) software new release

13 June 2019

ESA are pleased to announce the release of PolSARpro v6.0 (Biomass Edition) software, which is the latest version of the ESA PolSARpro Toolbox (Polarimetric SAR data Processing and Educational Toolbox).

Applications open for 9th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing

22 May 2019

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing, which will focus on agriculture. The course will be held at Louvain-la-Neuve, in Belgium, from 16 to 20 September 2019.

Applications are open until 30 June.

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Monitoring Earth's shifting land

15 May 2019

The monitoring of land subsidence is of vital importance for low-lying countries, but also areas which are prone to peculiar ground instability.

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Jakobshavn Isbrae Glacier bucks the trend

14 May 2019

Our planet works in mysterious ways. We are all used to hearing about the world's ice being the first casualty of climate change and, indeed, it is declining fast. However, recent findings show that one glacier is not conforming to the norm – it's actually been flowing more slowly and getting thicker.

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Receding waters

27 March 2019

It is thought that well over a million people have been affected by what is probably the worst storm on record to hit the southern hemisphere. Making landfall on 15 March 2019, Cyclone Idai ripped through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, razing buildings to the ground, destroying roads and inundating entire towns, villages and swathes of farmland.

Sentinel Hub custom script contest

26 March 2019

ESA and the EU invite entries for a contest to submit scripts for the Sentinel Hub EO Browser.

If you are interested in winning a trip to ESRIN or a prize of up to 1,000 EUR, submit your entry for the Sentinel Hub custom script contest by 5 May 2019.

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Copernicus Sentinel-1 maps floods in wake of Idai

20 March 2019

As millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggle to cope with the aftermath of what could be the southern hemisphere's worst storm, Copernicus Sentinel-1 is one of the satellite missions being used to map flooded areas to help relief efforts.

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Grande America oil spill imaged

20 March 2019

Captured on 19 March, at 17:11 GMT (18:11 CET) by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, this image shows the oil spill from the Grande America vessel. The Italian container ship, carrying 2200 tonnes of heavy fuel, caught fire and sank in the Atlantic, about 300 km off the French coast on 12 March.

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Bering in dire straits

14 March 2019

The Bering Strait is a sea passage that separates Russia and Alaska. It is usually covered with sea ice at this time of year – but as this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission on 7 March 2019 shows, it is virtually ice-free.

Sentinels monitor converging ice cracks

14 March 2019

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar mission shows how cracks cutting across Antarctica's Brunt ice shelf are on course to truncate the shelf and release an iceberg about the size of Greater London – it's just a matter of time.

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