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Sentinel session at EGU 2015 (GI2.9): Call for contributions

01 December 2014

During the forthcoming EGU General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, which will take place from 12-17 April 2015, ESA is organising the session "Scientific Exploitation of Copernicus Sentinels - EO Research and Innovation".

Interested users who wish to participate to this session are encouraged to submit their contribution before: 7 January 2015

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Trial separation prepares for final release

30 October 2014

Sentinel-2A is in the middle of an extensive testing programme to make sure this land-monitoring satellite is fit for launch next spring. As well as being shaken and stressed, engineers have also checked that it will separate from the rocket for its life in orbit.

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New toolboxes make using Sentinel data easy

30 September 2014

The Sentinel satellites are built primarily to deliver information for environmental services through Europe's Copernicus programme, but they will also be used to advance our scientific understanding of Earth. Paving the way for easy scientific exploitation, ESA has released three new open source scientific software toolboxes.

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A wing for Sentinel-2A

01 September 2014

Imaging Earth's land with unprecedented speed and resolution has come another step closer as the next Sentinel satellite has been given its solar wing and started a strenuous six-month test campaign to make sure that it is fit for launch next April.

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Bringing Sentinel-2 into focus

28 May 2014

Europe's upcoming Sentinel-2 mission has reached a significant milestone on its road to delivering high-resolution optical images for monitoring our changing land. Seven years in the making, the state-of-the art imager is ready to join the first satellite.

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Looking ahead to Sentinel-2

26 May 2014

With the first Sentinel satellite already in orbit, scientists and users gathered in Italy last week to discuss the progress of the upcoming Sentinel-2 mission and its many applications.

Sentinel-2 for Science Workshop - Registration open

30 April 2014

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) element, is organising an event dedicated to prepare for scientific exploitation of the Sentinel-2 mission, entitled "Sentinel-2 for Science Workshop", which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 20 to 22 May 2014.

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World Wetlands Day focuses on agriculture

31 January 2014

The 2014 World Wetlands Day highlights the need for wetlands and the agriculture sector to work together. ESA's GlobWetland II project assists Mediterranean countries in the sustainable use of these areas and demonstrates the evolution of wetlands and agricultural patterns over time.

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Mapping the world's largest coral reef

29 November 2013

Scientists have used satellite observations to create a set of high-resolution 3D maps of the entire Great Barrier Reef - a critical step towards identifying, managing and protecting what lies beneath the waters.

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Free access to Copernicus Sentinel satellite data

15 November 2013

Free and open access to Sentinel satellite data will be granted for the Copernicus operational phase.

RapidEye L3A time series dataset for Sentinel-2 available on-line

02 October 2013

In order to prepare for the exploitation of Sentinel-2 type of time series, the European Space Agency, in collaboration with RapidEye, collected an unprecedented time series from February to June 2013 with a 5 day revisit at high resolution over 14 selected sites around the world.

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Exploring the Sentinels' potential

19 September 2013

ESA is sponsoring an initiative to explore the possible benefits that the Copernicus programme’s Sentinel satellites can bring to geo-information communities in over 20 European countries.

The initiative, led by the European Umbrella Organisation for Geo-Information, Eurogi, explores the potential interest of the community for Copernicus products and services based on space data.

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Green light for GMES Copernicus

04 July 2013

Europe's ambitious global environmental monitoring programme will now be able to move into operation thanks to the European Parliament's approval of the multiannual financial framework budget for 2014-20.

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A helping hand from above for the Gambia

14 June 2013

Satellites are being used to promote agriculture in one of the world's poorest countries.

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GMES and data, like geese and golden eggs

08 May 2013

A recent study brings forward the idea that data from the upcoming Sentinel series of satellites should be regarded as Public Sector Information, increasing their value for money.

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Water mission extends its talents to carbon

22 March 2013

ESA's SMOS satellite is not only proving its worth by mapping soil moisture and ocean salinity, this multifaceted satellite has now shown that it can 'see' through vegetation to monitor wetlands for a better understanding of Earth's carbon cycle.

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Developing agriculture from the sky

13 March 2013

From 800 km high, Earth-observing satellites are assisting international development organisations with their work in developing countries. Satellites enable objective observations of the status of remote rural areas consistently over space and time.

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Securing operational EU funding for GMES Copernicus

19 February 2013

Good news for Europe's Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme: the European Council has secured the programme's EU funding through 2020.

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ESA-NASA collaboration fosters comparable land imagery

13 February 2013

ESA and NASA have joined forces to ensure that Sentinel-2 and the newly launched Landsat Data Continuity Mission offer compatible data products, thereby bringing greater benefits to users of images of Earth's land and coastal zones.

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Monitoring water resources in the Mediterranean

19 December 2012

The effects of climate change, population growth and economic development in the Mediterranean are posing a threat to the water supply in the region. As part of ESA's TIGER initiative, satellite data are supporting water management by identifying water resources.

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