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New Cloud Structures website

12 July 2007

A new website has been developed by Brockmann Consult and launched in May 2007 named Cloud Structures. More than 750 images of some of the most frequently found cloud structures have already been published, using data from the Envisat MERIS instrument as source material and the BEAM software as the basic tool.

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ESA's Envisat captures breath of volcano

12 July 2007

Indonesia's Mount Gamkonora volcano is spewing hot ash and smoke into the air, as seen in this image taken by the MERIS instrument aboard ESA's satellite Envisat, causing more than 8000 people to be evacuated amid fears of an imminent eruption, according to officials.

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ESA satellite guides polar explorers across disintegrating sea ice

12 June 2007

Two Belgian explorers currently nearing the end of a staggering 2 000 km trek across the Arctic Ocean were recently guided through hazardous conditions using observations from Envisat, as sea ice in the Lincoln Sea began to break up unexpectedly.

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Value of satellites highlighted at World Environment Day

12 June 2007

The United Nations chose to mark World Environment Day 2007 in Tromsoe, Norway, to stress the global environmental impact of melting ice and snow. Earth-observing satellites were recognised for their role in identifying and analysing long-term climatic trends and changes in polar regions.

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Envisat captures first image of Sargassum from space

07 June 2007

Sargassum seaweed, famous in nautical lore for entangling ships in its dense floating vegetation, has been detected from space for the first time thanks to an instrument aboard ESA's environmental satellite, Envisat.

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Huge waves from one storm slam coasts some 6000 km apart

30 May 2007

Huge waves that struck Reunion Island and coastlines across Indonesia earlier this month all originated from the same storm that occurred south of Cape Town, South Africa, and were tracked across the entire Indian Ocean for some 10 000 kilometres over a nine-day period by ESA's Envisat satellite.

Huge waves that hit Reunion Island tracked from space

24 May 2007

The origin and movement of waves reaching up to 11 metres that devastated France's Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Saturday evening have been detected with ESA's Envisat satellite.

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ESA presents the sharpest ever satellite map of Earth

14 May 2007

The most detailed portraits ever of the Earth's land surface have been created with ESA's Envisat environmental satellite. The portraits are the first products produced as part of the ESA-initiated GlobCover project and are available online.

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Transcontinental wildfire emissions monitored from space

08 May 2007

Using data from the SCIAMACHY instrument aboard ESA's environmental satellite Envisat, scientists have determined that the carbon monoxide hovering over Australia during the wildfire season largely originated from South American wildfires some 13 000 kilometres away.

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Satellites shed light on global warming

27 April 2007

As climate change continues to make headlines across the world, participants at the 2007 Envisat Symposium this week are hearing how Earth observation satellites allow scientists to better understand the parameters involved in global warming and how this is impacting the planet.

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