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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.

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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Bangkok's green lung

21 March 2019

Captured on 22 January 2019 by the Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite, this true-colour image shows Thailand's most populous city Bangkok, and its 'Green Lung' Bang Kachao.

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Land-cover dynamics unveiled

21 March 2019

Billions of image pixels recorded by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission have been used to generate a high-resolution map of land-cover dynamics across Earth's landmasses. This map also depicts the month of the peak of vegetation and gives new insight into land productivity.

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Sediment plume at sea

25 February 2019

The Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite captured this true-colour image on 5 February 2019, just three days after heavy rainfall in Rome and the surrounding area of Lazio, Italy. 

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Shrinking heart

13 February 2019

This heart-shaped body of water may look cute for Valentine's Day but just as love sometimes fades, this emerald sea is withering away. Love dies for numerous reasons, it may have just run its natural course or there maybe something specific to blame.

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Loving big

12 February 2019

Since it's Valentine's Day soon, we're all feeling romantic and so we bring you this image of a heart-shaped lake in Argentina – and like all love, it's special.

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Island Love

11 February 2019

With Valentine's Day in mind, we bring you this Copernicus Sentinel-2 image which captures the beauty of the little heart-shaped island of Moorea in the South Pacific.

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More of Africa scarred by fires than thought

04 February 2019

Wildfires can cause devastation and are also to blame for more than a quarter of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Satellites play a key role in mapping landscape scarred by fire – but the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission has revealed that there are more fires than previously thought.

Zeeland, Netherlands

22 January 2019

The Dutch province of Zeeland is the westernmost and least populous province of the Netherlands, and is well known for most of the province being below sea level. 

This Sentinel-2 animation was created with the Terrascope's EO browser 'Terraviewer'.

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Tackling drought issues for food security

29 November 2018

This summer's drought is a harsh reminder of how unusual weather can cause havoc for farmers – even in a rich part of the world like Western Europe. While there is a wealth of satellite data available to help predict the risk of drought, it can be daunting for a non-expert to handle. ESA's Food Security Thematic Exploitation Platform (FS-TEP) makes this task much easier.

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Copernicus improving daily lives in 99 stories

26 November 2018

With seven Copernicus Sentinel missions in orbit delivering an almost unimaginable amount of freely-available data about our planet, the potential of tapping into this incredible resource to better the lives of citizens is almost limitless. A new publication that collects 99 stories from European public authorities highlights how we are all benefiting from Copernicus.

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Zooming in on Mexico’s landscape

22 October 2018

As part of a scientific collaboration with the Mexican Space Agency and other Mexican scientific public entities, ESA has combined images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to produce a detailed view of the different types of vegetation growing across the entire country.

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Sentinel-2 maps Indonesia earthquake

05 October 2018

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia on 28 September, destroying homes and hundreds of lives. As the death toll continues to rise, the effects of this natural disaster are far-reaching, with hundreds of thousands of people seeking access food, water and shelter in the aftermath of this tragedy.

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Satellites safeguard Europe’s potato industry

25 September 2018

The drought that swept through Europe this year has hit European farmers hard. Sustained high temperatures and the lack of rain have badly affected the agrofood industry, including the important potato sector.

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Summer brown

31 August 2018

With much of Europe recently subjected to a prolonged heatwave and lack of rain, brown was certainly the trending colour this summer. While cooler air and rain have now returned to northwest Europe, turning some of the landscape back to the more usual hues of green, these satellite images show how the hot dry weather took its toll on vegetation.

Satellite data allows real-time detection of potential fires

09 August 2018

A test pilot Fire Detection Service, based on real-time processing of Landsat-8 data is being assessed within the framework of ESA's Earthnet Programme.

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Berlin battles heatwave

31 July 2018

This year's heatwave continues to sweep across Europe, with wildfires reported across the continent, as the current heat scorches land and vegetation in countries such as the UK, Sweden and Greece.

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Denmark scorched

25 July 2018

With temperatures soaring and no rain to speak of, Europe is the grip of a heatwave. As well as the havoc that wildfires have caused in countries such as the UK, Sweden and Greece, the current heat is scorching our land and vegetation.

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Sweden in flames

20 July 2018

With Europe in the grip of a heatwave and little rain, the scorched ground and dry vegetation is succumbing to fire. Fires have now broken out as far as the Arctic Circle, in Sweden. This animation shows images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 missions.

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