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Coordinated access to space more important than ever

05 December 2012

In May 2012, two earthquakes struck Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, claiming at least 27 lives and causing widespread damage. Through GMES, damage assessment maps derived from satellite data were promptly produced to assist emergency response activities.

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Clearest evidence yet of polar ice losses

30 November 2012

After two decades of satellite observations, an international team of experts brought together by ESA and NASA has produced the most accurate assessment of ice losses from Antarctica and Greenland to date. This study finds that the combined rate of ice sheet melting is increasing.

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ESA selects Astrium to build Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite

28 November 2012

Furthering Europe’s capacity to monitor atmospheric pollution, ESA has awarded a contract worth €45.5 million to Astrium UK to act as prime contractor for the Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite system.

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Satellites keep an eye on Dutch dikes

23 October 2012

In the Netherlands, local authorities are looking to satellite observations as a promising option for dike monitoring and to protect against dike failures.

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GMES for Europe

12 October 2012

The potential of GMES for crisis management and environmental monitoring is highlighted in a new publication with users demonstrating the importance of Earth observation data to European regions.

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Insurance industry adopts Earth observation for assessing floods

03 October 2012

The use of data from Earth-observing satellites in the insurance business is still in the early stages, but pressure to be ready for more frequent extreme-weather events is increasing.

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Landslide mapping in the Swiss Alps

26 September 2012

Archived radar data from the Envisat mission are playing an important role in mapping landslides in Switzerland. The mission's vast archives continue to prove useful for mapping ground deformation.

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Radar altimetry gains altitude in Venice

24 September 2012

Scientists have gathered in the 'floating city' this week to talk about radar altimetry - measuring the heights of the global sea surface, freshwater bodies, land and ice using spaceborne sensors.

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New study maps Himalayan glacier behaviour

23 August 2012

Glaciers are one of the largest reservoirs of freshwater on our planet, and their melting or growing is one of the best indicators of climate change. However, knowledge of glacier change has been hampered by lack of data, especially for understanding regional behaviour.

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A glimpse of future GMES Sentinel-1 radar images

02 August 2012

A new campaign marks an important step in preparing for how data from the Sentinel-1 European Radar Observatory will be used for applications such as land-cover mapping and crop management. Sentinel-1 is the first of the five missions that ESA is developing for the GMES initiative.

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