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Negribreen on the move

12 May 2017

Rapid acceleration of an Arctic glacier over the past year has been detected by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites.

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Satellites track Antarctic ice loss over decades

02 May 2017

Over two decades of observations by five radar satellites show the acceleration of ice loss of 30 glaciers in Western Palmer Land in the southwest Antarctic Peninsula.

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Copernicus Masters bigger than ever

06 April 2017

This year's Copernicus Masters competition is now open. With prizes totalling more than €1.5 million, the chance to design and launch a small satellite mission and much more, Europe's leading competition for the novel use of Earth observation has never been so impressive.

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Sentinel-1 sees Mocoa landslide

04 April 2017

Sentinel-1 radar coverage from before and after the 01 April 2017 mudslide in Mocoa, Colombia, shows the extent of movement of the disaster that claimed over 260 lives, injured hundreds more and left scores displaced.

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Urban monitoring boosted by new data processor

04 April 2017

A new processing tool has been developed to bundle information contained in large amounts of satellite data, paving the way for the wealth of Copernicus Sentinel satellite data to be more easily incorporated into online environment-monitoring services.

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Satellites shed new light on earthquakes

24 March 2017

Satellite radar scans of last year's earthquake in New Zealand are changing the way we are thinking about earthquake hazards in regions where our planet's tectonic plates meet.

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Sentinels warn of dangerous ice crack

16 February 2017

Following the appearance of a large crack in the ice shelf close to the Halley VI research station in Antarctica, information from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites helped to decide to close the base temporarily.

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Satellites monitor landslide in the Alps

03 February 2017

Climate change-driven glacial melt is causing landslides in alpine regions. Data from the Sentinel-1 satellite mission are being inserted into a new cloud computing system to monitor such hazards globally.

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Crack in Larsen ice shelf

30 January 2017

With its radar vision, Sentinel-1 is monitoring a rift in the Larsen-C ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula that will eventually calve one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded.

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Satellites confirm San Francisco tower is sinking

25 November 2016

The Sentinel-1 satellites have shown that the Millennium Tower skyscraper in the centre of San Francisco is sinking by a few centimetres a year. Studying the city is helping scientists to improve the monitoring of urban ground movements, particularly for subsidence hotspots in Europe.

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Start of service for Europe's SpaceDataHighway

23 November 2016

The European Data Relay System began servicing Europe's Earth observing Copernicus programme yesterday, transferring observations in quasi-real time using cutting-edge laser technology.

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Iceberg patrol gains faster updates from orbit

09 November 2016

The international iceberg patrol service set up after the sinking of the Titanic is now able to track drifting ice from orbit more swiftly through ESA-backed cloud computing.

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Sentinel satellites reveal east-west shift in Italian quake

03 November 2016

New information on the effects of the 30 October earthquake that struck central Italy continues to emerge as scientists analyse radar scans from satellites.

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Keep an automatic eye on seismic zones

28 October 2016

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 twin radar satellites combined with cloud computing are monitoring Europe's earthquake zones by searching for ground shifts as small as a millimetre.

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Sentinel Hub wins Copernicus Masters prize

26 October 2016

A cloud-based web service that allows non-expert users to browse, process and distribute large amounts of Earth observation data takes home this year's Copernicus Masters grand prize.

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Earth's most active volcanoes on satellite watch

20 October 2016

As hundreds flee lava and ash spewed from Mexico's Colima volcano, its continuing eruption is being tracked not only by ground instruments but also from space. Starting last month, Colima is one of 22 active volcanoes worldwide being monitored by satellites.

Sentinels team up

12 October 2016

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites have found signs of an ongoing glacier dislocation between two recent massive ice avalanches in Tibet.

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Estonia sign up to Sentinel agreement

13 September 2016

ESA and Enterprise Estonia have signed an arrangement that gives one of ESA's newest Member States access to data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites.

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Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite hit by space particle

31 August 2016

ESA engineers have discovered that a solar panel on the Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite was hit by a millimetre-size particle in orbit on 23 August. Thanks to onboard cameras, ground controllers were able to identify the affected area. So far, there has been no effect on the satellite's routine operations.

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Sentinel-1 provides new insight into Italy's earthquake

29 August 2016

On 24 August, an earthquake struck central Italy, claiming at least 290 lives and causing widespread damage. Satellite images are being used to help emergency aid organisations, while scientists have begun to analyse ground movement.

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