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New maps of salinity reveal the impact of climate variability on oceans

30 November 2019

Since the saltiness of ocean surface waters is a key variable in the climate system, understanding how this changes is important to understanding climate change. 

Aeolus dissemination system maintenance on 02 December 2019

29 November 2019

Due to a scheduled maintenance, access to the Aeolus dissemination system will be unavailable on Monday 02 December 2019, from 09:00 to 10:00 CET.

Swarm Alpha: ASM instrument operating in burst mode from 24 November to 2 December 2019

29 November 2019

From 24 November to 2 December 2019, the ASM (Absolute Scalar Magnetometer) instrument on board Swarm Alpha was commanded in burst mode. This has temporarily caused the magnetic field intensity derived from the ASM and stored in MAGA_LR_1B and MAGA_CA_1B products to be set to zero from 24/11/2019, at 23:50 UTC to 02/12/2019 at 00:10 UTC. This data gap will be recovered very soon.

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Space is key to monitoring ocean acidification

28 November 2019

This week, the UN World Meteorological Organization announced that concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached yet another high. This ongoing trend is not only heating up the planet, but also affecting the chemical composition of our oceans. Until recently, it has been difficult to monitor 'ocean acidification', but scientists are exploring new ways to combine information from different sources, including from ESA's SMOS mission, to shed new light on this major environmental concern.

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Steve over the picket fence

27 November 2019

Strange ribbons of purple light that appeared in the sky – known as Steve – became the subject of debate in 2017, as their origins were unbeknown to scientists. Now, photographs of this remarkable phenomena have been studied to understand their exact position in the night sky.

12th Coastal Altimetry Workshop

27 November 2019

The Coastal Altimetry Community i.e. the international community of scientists, engineers and managers working on developing applications of altimetry in the coastal zone, invites you to ESA-ESRIN in Frascati (Italy), for the 12th Edition of the Coastal Altimetry Workshop (CAW-12), from 04 to 07 February 2020.

Registration for the course and a training session on the first day is free, and will close on 8 January 2020.

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Spain joins Copernicus Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment

26 November 2019

ESA and Spain's Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology have signed an understanding that will boost Spain's access to Copernicus Sentinel data.

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Testing time for MetOp Second Generation

26 November 2019

ESA's ESTEC Test Centre in the Netherlands has completed its initial test campaign for the future of European weather forecasting – MetOp Second Generation.

GEOSS Platform - Data and knowledge

26 November 2019

This article shows how the GEOSS Platform could potentially provide value to different categories of users, including Earth scientists and policy makers, in finding, producing and analysing information, in support of Sustainable Development Goal 15.3.1.

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Floods in northern Italy

26 November 2019

Torrential downpours have battered many parts of Italy this month, with extreme flooding wreaking havoc across northern Italy. The province of Alessandria is said to be one of the worst-affected areas according to Italian media, with around 200 people evacuated and 600 said to be left stranded.

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