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Chasing ice

21 August 2015

Satellite images show that the fastest moving glacier in the world shed a chunk of ice measuring around 12.5 sq km this week - one of the most significant calving events on record.

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Help wanted on tracking biodiversity from space

12 August 2015

Conservation organisations and space agencies are being called on to join forces to decide how changes in biodiversity can be monitored globally. What, exactly, should be measured by satellites?

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Sentinels catch traffic jam

07 August 2015

Low water levels in the Danube river have left ships to queue close to the town of Zimnicea in Romania. The present heat wave torturing Europe means the level of the Danube has dropped and triggered traffic problems.

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Surfing for science

29 July 2015

Thanks to a new system developed by scientists in the UK, taking to the waves for a spot of surfing can benefit research into the health of coastal waters, and could help confirm satellite measurements of sea-surface temperature.

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First applications from Sentinel-2A

27 July 2015

From agricultural monitoring to charting changing lands, early images from Europe's new Sentinel-2A satellite show how the 'colour vision' mission's critical observations can be used to keep us and our planet safe.

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Searching for underground energy sources from space

27 July 2015

Data from ESA's GOCE gravity satellite are being used to improve models of Earth's geology, indicating the potential locations of subsurface energy sources.

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ESA hands over control of the MSG-4 weather satellite

27 July 2015

On 26 July at 09:30 GMT (11:30 CEST), ESA handed control of Europe's last Meteosat Second Generation weather satellite, MSG-4, to EUMETSAT.

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Gabon on the radar

22 July 2015

Mapping forest biomass from space poses a huge technical challenge, but ESA is building a new satellite to do just that. To make sure its novel measuring technique is accurate over a wide range of forest types, scientists headed over to Gabon in Central Africa.

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Cool summer boosts Arctic ice

20 July 2015

Measurements from ESA's CryoSat satellite show that the volume of Arctic sea ice increased by a third following the unusually cool summer of 2013. This new finding suggests that ice in the northern hemisphere is more sensitive to changes in summer melting than it is to winter cooling.

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Europe's MSG-4 weather satellite delivered into orbit

15 July 2015

The last weather satellite in Europe's highly successful Meteosat Second Generation series lifted off on an Ariane 5 launcher at 21:42 GMT (23:42 CEST) on 15 July from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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