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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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Looming iceberg

17 July 2018

This satellite image, captured by Sentinel-2A on 9 July 2018, shows a huge iceberg perilously close to the village of Innaarsuit on the west coast of Greenland. If the berg breaks apart, waves resulting from the falling ice could wash away parts of the village.

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Copernicus 20 years on

21 June 2018

This week marks 20 years since the manifesto was signed that gave rise to Europe's Copernicus environmental programme. With seven Sentinel satellites already in orbit delivering terabytes of data every day, Copernicus is the biggest provider of Earth observation data in the world.

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Restless Kilauea

14 June 2018

Fiery lava continues to pour from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. These Copernicus Sentinel-2 images from 23 May, 07 June and 12 June 2018 show the relentless flow of lava and clouds of ash. This is an update of the Hawaii lava flow animation published on 08 June.

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Hawaii lava flow

08 June 2018

Copernicus Sentinel-2 images from 23 May and 07 June 2018 show changes in lava flow from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island.

Copernicus Sentinels to help measure Earth's biomass

07 June 2018

The amount of carbon stored in Earth's forests and how it is changing will be measured in the forthcoming Climate Change Initiative Biomass project, in which the legacy of GlobBiomass will be carried forward to the Sentinels' era.

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Sentinels modernise Europe's agricultural policy

25 May 2018

In a move that could benefit around 22 million farmers, the EU's Common Agricultural Policy has entered the space age. Offering detailed and timely information on crops and farmland, the Copernicus Sentinels are now being used to simplify and modernise this longest-serving EU policy.

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Zambezi Delta diversity

22 May 2018

The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite captured this image of Zambezi Delta on 28 September 2016. Zambezi Delta is located in Mozambique and is one of the most diverse and productive river delta systems in the world.

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Copernicus Masters now open

03 April 2018

Awarding outstanding ideas and applications that use Earth observation data to tackle challenges faced by business and society, the Copernicus Masters 2018 competition is now open for submissions.

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Safeguarding our most precious resource: Water

22 March 2018

According to this year's Global Risk Report by the World Economic Forum, water crises are one of the five biggest risks to society. ESA is working with development banks to help water-resource authorities use information from satellites to manage this precious resource.

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Sentinels helping to map minerals

20 March 2018

ESA has recently supported a pan-African initiative to collect, interpret and disseminate satellite information on geology and mineral resources such as metallic ores.

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Full house for EDRS

13 March 2018

The EDRS–SpaceDataHighway has now begun regularly relaying Earth images from Sentinel-2A, which marks the last of four Copernicus satellites in orbit being brought under the EDRS service.

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Voyaging for the Sentinels

09 March 2018

Two recent expeditions that took scientists 26 000 km across the Atlantic Ocean have returned critical information to make sure that the Copernicus Sentinel satellites are delivering accurate data about the state of our oceans.

Version 6.0 of SNAP released

13 February 2018

Version 6.0 of SNAP (the Sentinel Application Platform) has been released and is now available to download.

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