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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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Space helps forests regenerate

10 January 2018

ESA is addressing the challenge of cultivating and regenerating forests with Thematic Exploitation Platforms. The idea is to unlock satellite data and make the information available to the non-expert along with the tools and resources they need through one central location.

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Accessing Copernicus data made easier

14 December 2017

With such a lot of data available, the European Commission is making efforts to make sure that the process of accessing these data and information is easier so that issues associated with downloading and storing can be avoided.

RUS offers free Webinars for training in Sentinel data exploitation

17 November 2017

The ESA/EC RUS (Research and User Support for the Sentinel Core Products) service aims at fostering the handling of Sentinel data and offers training activities, tailored for users at any level of proficiency. Monthly webinars are regularly designed and organised to introduce the basics for downloading, visualizing, analyzing and processing Sentinel data using Open Source Toolboxes.

The next webinar will illustrate the use of Sentinel-2 for burned area mapping. It will be held on Tuesday, 05 December 2017, at 15:00 CET.

LPVE2018 - Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution

10 November 2017

Following the successful LPVE 2014, the European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting scientists and Cal/Val experts to present the latest results from their on-going research at the 2018 Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution (LPVE 2018).

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 30 November 2017.

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Africa classified

03 October 2017

From the barren Sahara to lush jungles, the first high-resolution map classifying land cover types on the entire African continent has been released. The map was created using a year's worth of data from the Sentinel-2A satellite.

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Travel app wins top prize at App Camp

18 September 2017

An app that uses satellite imagery to give flight travellers an interactive, bird's-eye view of their routes took the top prize at this year's Space App Camp at ESA's centre in Frascati, Italy.

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Mapping Germany's agricultural landscape

29 August 2017

Combining images captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission and the US Landsat-8 satellite between October 2015 and the end of 2016, this land-cover classification map shows different crops across Germany. A total of 2.2 TB of data were used to generate the map, which distinguishes between 21 land cover classes and includes 15 specific crop types.

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Kalamos fires

23 August 2017

Wildfires have broken out across southern Europe as a heatwave grips the region. This animation created using images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites show the live blaze and aftermath of wildfires that devastated an area about 35 km northeast of Athens, Greece, in mid-August.

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Greenland wildfire

10 August 2017

Greenland is usually associated with ice and snow, but the country has fallen victim to a large wildfire that has been raging since the end of July. The fire was imaged by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite on 8 August 2017. The satellite carries a high-resolution multispectral camera working in 13 wavelength bands. The animation uses different combinations of these bands to show the fire in natural colour, to highlight the flames and to show the burnt areas.

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Vesuvius on fire

14 July 2017

With Italy suffering high temperatures and drought, wildfires have broken out including blazes that are ravaging the slopes of Mount Vesuvius near Naples. Using images taken by the Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite on 12 July 2017, the animation combines different sensor bands to highlight the numerous separate fires around this iconic volcano and the smoke billowing over the surrounding area.

Forestry TEP in pre-operation phase

04 July 2017

The Forestry Thematic Exploitation Platform (F-TEP) has now entered the pre-operations phase, providing initial services for Forest Change, Land Cover, Biomass and Vegetation Indices as well as interactive toolboxes. Data is available from Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Landsat.

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First Sentinel-2B images delivered by laser

12 June 2017

With the Sentinel-2B satellite close to beginning its working life in orbit, this latest Copernicus satellite has linked up to Alphasat by laser, across almost 36,000 km of space, to deliver images of Earth just moments after they were captured.

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