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Desert Greenery

17 June 2019

Today marks the 25th anniversary of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (WDCD). Under its theme ‘Let's grow the future together,' the initiative celebrates the 25 years of progress made in sustainable land management.

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Santiago, Chile, viewed by Proba-V

12 June 2019

Chilean capital Santiago – among the largest conurbations in South America – viewed in false colour from ESA's Proba-V minisatellite, with vegetation in red.

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SMOS joins forces with top weather forecasting system

12 June 2019

As of yesterday, 11 June 2019, measurements from ESA's SMOS mission are being fully integrated into ECMWF's forecasting system, allowing for a more accurate description of water content in soil.

Start-ups explore the value of Earthnet Third Party Missions data

06 June 2019

Since mid 2018, in the framework of the Earthnet Third Party Missions (TPMs) activities the Category-1 also includes use of TPM data by start-ups during the incubation period in Business Incubation Centres supported by ESA.

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Unexpected snow in Australia

05 June 2019

June marks the start of winter in Australia, but this year strong winds and bitter temperatures have hit the east coast, bringing unexpected snowfall. This image, captured on 4 June by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, shows the unusual layer of snow over the Southern Tablelands, southwest of Sydney.

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Snow grain size - it matters

29 May 2019

Most of us probably wouldn't think of describing snow in terms of its grain size. However, grain size is fundamental to the amount of sunlight that snow reflects back into space - its albedo. With both snow and albedo part of the climate system, scientists are applying a novel analytical theory to Copernicus Sentinel-3 data and shedding new light on Greenland's changing albedo.

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Vega to take Spain’s SEOSAT–Ingenio into orbit

20 May 2019

ESA and Arianespace have signed a contract that secure the SEOSAT–Ingenio Earth observation satellite's ride into orbit next year on a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

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Satellites yield insight into not so permanent permafrost

17 May 2019

Ice is without doubt one of the first casualties of climate change, but the effects of our warming world are not only limited to ice melting on Earth's surface. Ground that has been frozen for thousands of years is also thawing, adding to the climate crisis and causing immediate problems for local communities.

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A quarter of glacier ice in West Antarctica is now unstable

16 May 2019

By combining 25 years of ESA satellite data, scientists have discovered that warming ocean waters have caused the ice to thin so rapidly that 24% of the glacier ice in West Antarctica is now affected.

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The air we breathe

16 May 2019

Air pollution is a global environmental health problem, especially for those living in urban areas. Not only does it negatively impact our ecosystems, it considerably affects our health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 8 million premature deaths per year are linked to air pollution, more than double of previous estimates.

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