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Wetland management on the radar

11.6.2015 12:00  

An ESA project focuses on exploiting satellite radar data to monitor wetlands for sustainable water management.

Sweden signs up for Sentinel data

10.6.2015 16:00  

With the second Copernicus-dedicated Sentinel satellite less than two weeks away from launch, ESA and Sweden have signed an arrangement on managing and accessing Sentinel data.

Sentinel-2A sealed from view

9.6.2015 15:46  

As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-2A continue on track, the team at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana has said farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Vega rocket fairing. Liftoff is set for 23 June at 01:52 GMT (03:52 CEST; 22:52 local time on 22 June).

Sentinel-2A sealed from view

9.6.2015 15:46  

As preparations for the launch of Sentinel-2A continue on track, the team at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana has said farewell to the satellite as it was sealed from view in the Vega rocket fairing. Liftoff is set for 23 June at 01:52 GMT (03:52 CEST; 22:52 local time on 22 June).

Nearing launch

9.6.2015 9:50  
In two weeks’ time, Sentinel-2A will be launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Join ESA TV for an introduction to the ‘colour vision’ mission for Copernicus

Sentinel-1 brings radar remote sensing to new level

8.6.2015 14:00  

With frequent observations from the year-old Sentinel-1A radar satellite scientists are improving the remote sensing technique to map ground deformation, opening new doors for earthquake and volcano monitoring.

Looking for litter

8.6.2015 11:55  
Learn how Copernicus satellites support research on ocean garbage patches by providing forecasts of sea currents and sea-surface heights

World Oceans Day

8.6.2015 9:47  
Satellites help us monitor the state of our oceans, supporting ‘healthy oceans, healthy planet’ – the theme for this year’s World Oceans Day

Tianjin

5.6.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1A radar image of China’s Tianjin city, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

4.6.2015 13:15  
Join us Friday, 5 June, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1A image of the Chinese city of Tianjin

Chasing polar winds with lasers

4.6.2015 10:07  

Preparing for the launch of ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite next year, scientists from Europe and the US recently teamed up in Iceland to measure the wind over the North Atlantic.

New launch date set for Sentinel-2A

4.6.2015 9:00  

The second satellite in Europe’s Copernicus programme is set for launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 23 June at 01:52 GMT (03:52 CEST 23 June; 22:52 local time 22 June).

Call for abstracts

3.6.2015 16:17  
Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the next Living Planet Symposium, to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, 9–13 May 2016

Watch: Climate Symposium

3.6.2015 14:00  
Revisit last week’s International Symposium on Climate Change in Rome, which reviewed the links between climate change and world development

Watch: Climate Symposium

3.6.2015 11:40  
Revisit last week’s International Symposium on Climate Change in Rome, which reviewed the links between climate change and world development

Help bring satellite data down to Earth

3.6.2015 11:22  

App developers from across Europe are invited to apply for this year’s Space App Camp.

Saint George Basin

29.5.2015 10:00  
Earth observation image of the week: the Saint George Basin along Australia’s northwestern coast

Climate Symposium

27.5.2015 9:00  
Follow the International Climate Symposium in Rome, Italy, via live webstream 27–29 May

And the winner is…

25.5.2015 11:21  
Congratulations to the winners of the Sentinel-2 ‘Colour vision’ photo competition!

Cambodian rivers

22.5.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a flooded landscape in Cambodia between the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

CryoSat detects sudden ice loss in Southern Antarctic Peninsula

22.5.2015 9:00  

A recent acceleration in ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica has been detected by ESA’s ice mission.

SMOS mission highlights

21.5.2015 15:01  
Follow the press event and opening day of the 2nd SMOS Science Conference via live webstream on 25 May. Live coverage begins 09:30 GMT / 11:30 CEST

Earth from Space

21.5.2015 14:35  
Join us Friday, 22 May, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers in Cambodia

Call for Media: New applications for ESA’s SMOS mission

18.5.2015 10:25  

Media are invited to a press briefing on the scientific results and operational applications that continue to come from ESA’s water mission.

Earth Explorer 8

15.5.2015 10:50  
Prior to the selection of ESA’s eighth Earth Explorer mission, the Earth observation scientific community is invited to a User Consultation Meeting in Poland on 15–16 September 2015

Earth Explorer 8

15.5.2015 10:50  
As part of the decision-making process for the selection of ESA’s eighth Earth Explorer mission, the Earth observation scientific community is invited to a User Consultation Meeting in Poland on 15–16 September 2015

Catalan coast

15.5.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1A image of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

14.5.2015 14:30  
Join us Friday, 15 May, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1A image of Catalonia in northeastern Spain

Ensuring the continuity of ocean topography data

11.5.2015 16:30  

ESA and Airbus Defence and Space today signed a €177 million contract to develop the Jason-CS / Sentinel-6A satellite mission for Europe’s Copernicus programme.

My Planet from Space

8.5.2015 14:00  
To coincide with the Expo 2015, ESA is hosting a special exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, Italy

South Georgia Island

8.5.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: the glaciers of South Georgia Island in the Atlantic Ocean, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

7.5.2015 16:35  
Join us Friday, 8 May, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features an image of South Georgia Island

Proba-V maps world air traffic from space

7.5.2015 8:38  

As ESA’s Proba-V works quietly on its main task of monitoring vegetation growth across Earth, the minisatellite is also picking up something from a little higher: signals from thousands of aircraft.

Dragon mountains

6.5.2015 11:10  
Technology image of the week: ESA's Proba-V minisatellite views the sharp peaks of South Africa's Drakensberg range

Join the virtual classroom

4.5.2015 10:20  

Registration is open for a free online course that provides an introduction to monitoring climate change using satellite Earth observation.

Land shifts in Nepal

30.4.2015 13:44  
The Sentinel-1A satellite has given us a clearer picture of the ground deformation caused by the 25 April earthquake in Nepal

Land shifts in Nepal

30.4.2015 13:44  
The Sentinel-1A satellite has given us a clearer picture of the ground deformation caused by the 25 April earthquake in Nepal

Nepal earthquake on the radar

29.4.2015 17:20  

On 25 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, claiming over 5000 lives and affecting millions of people. Satellite images are being used to support emergency aid organisations, while geo-scientists are using satellite measurements to analyse the effects of the earthquake on the land.

Revealing mountains hiding under ice

29.4.2015 11:26  

Results from a recent field campaign, which was organised to help investigate the potential of a new Earth observation mission concept, have provided a unique 3D glimpse of the peaks and troughs under the Mittelbergferner glacier in the Austrian Alps.

Satellites for our seas

27.4.2015 11:03  
Euronews: Oceanographers use satellites as high quality data sources for understanding our seas. The upcoming Sentinel-3 mission will herald a new era in ocean observation

Tracking El Niño

24.4.2015 14:04  
Discover how Copernicus uses satellite data to detect and track a global climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean

Florida

24.4.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1 image over the US state of Florida, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Preparing to launch ‘colour vision’ satellite

23.4.2015 16:18  

The latest satellite for the European Commission’s environmental Copernicus programme has arrived safe and sound in French Guiana for launch on 11 June. Carrying a multispectral imager, Sentinel-2A is set to give us a new perspective of our land and vegetation. 

Preparing to launch ‘colour vision’ satellite

23.4.2015 16:18  

The latest satellite for the European Commission’s environmental Copernicus programme has arrived safe and sound in French Guiana for launch on 12 June. Carrying a multispectral imager, Sentinel-2A is set to give us a new perspective of our land and vegetation. 

Meet Sentinel-2

23.4.2015 14:15  
The second satellite for Europe’s Copernicus programme is set for launch on 12 June. Discover the ‘colour vision’ mission

Earth from Space

23.4.2015 14:00  
Join us Friday, 24 April, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1 image over the US state of Florida

Happy Earth Day

22.4.2015 14:25  
A snapshot of our home planet captured on the morning of Earth Day by the MSG-3 satellite

Perseverance paves way for wind laser

22.4.2015 11:46  

Developing new satellite instruments is always challenging, but at times more head-scratching is needed to create something truly cutting-edge. ESA’s Aeolus mission may have caused a few headaches along the way, but its wind lasers are now ready and the task of putting the rest of the instrument together can begin so that it can be ready for launch in 2016.

Perseverance paves way for wind laser

22.4.2015 11:46  

Developing new satellite instruments is always challenging, but at times more head-scratching is needed to create something truly cutting-edge. ESA’s Aeolus mission may have caused a few headaches along the way, but its wind lasers are now ready and the task of putting the rest of the instrument together can begin for launch in 2016.

Fast access to CryoSat’s Arctic ice measurements now available

17.4.2015 14:00  

ESA’s ice mission has become the first satellite to provide information on Arctic sea-ice thickness in near-real time to aid maritime activities in the polar region.

Central/southern Italy

17.4.2015 10:00  
Earth observation image of the week: part of Italy’s Molise, Apulia and Campania regions are pictured in this radar composite image from Sentinel-1A

GOCE helps tap into sustainable energy resources

16.4.2015 9:00  

Going far above and beyond its original mission objectives, results from the GOCE gravity satellite are now being used to produce maps for geothermal energy development.

Copernicus Masters competition now accepting submissions

15.4.2015 14:25  

In its fifth year, the Copernicus Masters competition is open again. Ideas for services, business concepts and applications based on satellite Earth observation data are now being accepted.

Calling all photographers!

13.4.2015 14:30  

For the launch of Sentinel-2A, ESA is inviting you to take part in a photo contest focusing on the theme of ‘colour vision’. Enter for a chance to win a trip to ESA’s operations centre for the satellite’s launch event.

Calling all photographers!

13.4.2015 14:30  

For the launch of Sentinel-2A, ESA is inviting you to take part in a photo contest focusing on the theme of ‘colour vision’. Enter for a chance to win a trip to ESA’s operations centre for the satellite’s launch event.

Patagonian glaciers

10.4.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: the glaciers of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

9.4.2015 14:35  
Join us Friday, 10 April, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park

Last stretch before being packed tight

8.4.2015 14:16  

Once in space, Sentinel-2A will open its solar wing to generate the power it needs to carry out the task of monitoring Earth’s vegetation. Engineers have recently made sure this move is well rehearsed before the satellite is packed up and shipped to the launch site.

Earth from Space

7.4.2015 12:10  
ESA’s François Spoto and Omar Sy join the Earth from Space video programme to discuss the Sentinel-2A satellite and its mission

Earth from Space

7.4.2015 10:03  
Join us today, 7 April at 14:00 CEST for a special interview with ESA’s François Spoto and Omar Sy on the Sentinel-2A satellite and its mission

Happy birthday, Sentinel-1A

3.4.2015 11:30  

Having orbited Earth more than 5300 times while providing radar vision for Europe’s Copernicus programme, the Sentinel-1A satellite has completed a successful first year.

A year of radar vision

3.4.2015 11:06  
Highlights from Sentinel-1A’s first 365 days in orbit

Icy Baikal

3.4.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1A radar image of Lake Baikal and the Russian city of Irkutsk, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

2.4.2015 13:47  
Join us Friday, 3 April, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a multitemporal Sentinel-1A image of Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

Earth shifts in colour

27.3.2015 15:40  
Check out some of the scientific results in these colourful images from this week’s Fringe Workshop on detecting surface movements with radar satellites

Psychedelic seabed

27.3.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a multitemporal Sentinel-1A radar image of the Aral Sea, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

26.3.2015 13:55  
Join us Friday, 27 March, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a multitemporal Sentinel-1A image of the Aral Sea

Antarctic flow

25.3.2015 15:45  
Sentinel-1A captured the fast-moving Pine Island glacier, which flowed about 100 m in less than two weeks

Slight surface movements on the radar

23.3.2015 17:00  

Scientists are making advances in the use of satellite radar data – such as those from the Sentinel-1 mission – to monitor Earth’s changing surface.

Campi Flegrei rising

23.3.2015 17:00  
Sentinel-1A shows that the ground is rising by 0.5 cm per month in Italy’s Phlegraean Fields – or Campi Flegrei – near Naples

Follow Fringe

20.3.2015 14:23  
Watch the first day of the Fringe Workshop live Monday, 23 March, from 9:00 CET to learn about advances in radar interferometry with Sentinel-1A data

Ulan Bator

20.3.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: Mongolia’s capital city, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

19.3.2015 14:24  
Join us Friday, 20 March, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator

UK joins Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment

19.3.2015 10:30  

ESA and the UK Space Agency have signed an arrangement that establishes access to data from the Sentinel satellites, marking a significant step in their exploitation.

France guaranteed access to Sentinel data

18.3.2015 15:59  

With the second Copernicus-dedicated Sentinel satellite just months away from launch, ESA and France’s CNES space agency, have signed a collaborative agreement on managing and accessing Sentinel data.

Ice venturers yield results for CryoSat

18.3.2015 11:24  

Trekking to the far reaches of the Arctic for the sole purpose of collecting snow and ice measurements may seem extreme, but it is thanks to these efforts that scientists will soon have even better satellite information at their fingertips to assess changes in polar ice.

Mapping sea surface from the Space Station

16.3.2015 14:40  

A new concept that involves mounting an instrument on the International Space Station and taking advantage of signals from navigation satellites could provide measurements of sea-surface height and information about features related to ocean currents, benefiting science and ocean forecasting.

Lagoon of tears

13.3.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: the Sete Cidades Massif on the Azores island of São Miguel, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Save the date: selection of ESA’s eighth Earth Explorer

13.3.2015 8:19  

The date has been set for the Earth observation science community to meet and discuss the merits and express their views of the FLEX and CarbonSat mission concepts before one is finally selected to be built as ESA’s next Earth Explorer satellite.

Meet Mr Copernicus

12.3.2015 15:17  
Learn more about Europe’s Copernicus environment monitoring programme with this informative animation

Earth from Space

12.3.2015 13:41  
Join us Friday, 13 March, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features the Sete Cidades Massif on the Azores island of São Miguel

Earth from Space

12.3.2015 13:41  
Join us Friday, 13 March, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features the Sete Cidades Massif on the Azores island of São Miguel

Hungarian mosaic

6.3.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1A mosaic of Hungary, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Villarrica on the radar

5.3.2015 17:40  
Radar images from the Sentinel-1A satellite illustrate changes at the surface of the Villarrica volcano in Chile following its 3 March eruption

Earth from Space

5.3.2015 15:45  
Join us Friday, 6 March, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1A mosaic of Hungary

Honing skills

3.3.2015 15:45  
Human spaceflight and operations image of the week: mission control team trains for Sentinel-2A

Honing skills

3.3.2015 15:45  
Human spaceflight and operations image of the week: mission control team trains for Sentinel-2A launch

ESA App Camp brings satellite data to mobile devices

3.3.2015 9:00  

Developers of apps that use satellite data to assist the agricultural industry took home the top two prizes at this year’s ESA App Camp in Barcelona.

Earth from Space

2.3.2015 14:00  
Wolfgang Pitz from Airbus Defence and Space joins the Earth from Space video programme to discuss testing the Sentinel-2A satellite

Earth from Space

2.3.2015 11:37  
Join us Tuesday, 3 March at 14:00 CET as Wolfgang Pitz from Airbus Defence and Space discusses testing the Sentinel-2A satellite

Brussels

27.2.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a false-colour image of Belgium's capital, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

26.2.2015 13:54  
Join us Friday, 27 February, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a false-colour image of Brussels

European Data Relay System confirms services for Copernicus in cooperation with the European Commission

25.2.2015 13:30  

Following the recent decision confirming the ESA/Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) partnership on the European Data Relay System (EDRS), agreement has been reached with the European Commission (EC) for the provision of EDRS services to the European Union Copernicus programme.

Last look at Sentinel-2A

24.2.2015 14:55  

Before Sentinel-2A is packed up and shipped to French Guiana for its launch targeted on 12 June, media representatives and specialists got one last look at the second satellite for Europe’s Copernicus programme.

Shifting lands

20.2.2015 12:29  
Radar satellite missions – like Sentinel-1 – can measure millimetre-scale changes in Earth’s surface following an earthquake

Estonian mosaic

20.2.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1A mosaic of Estonia, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

ESA’s Biomass satellite goes ahead

19.2.2015 17:30  

Following the initial selection in 2013 for Biomass to become ESA’s seventh Earth Explorer mission and the completion of preparatory activities, ESA Member States yesterday gave the green light for its full implementation for launch in 2020.

Earth from Space

19.2.2015 14:30  
Join us Friday, 20 February, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1A mosaic of Estonia

Earth from Space

19.2.2015 12:17  
Join us Friday, 20 February, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1A mosaic of Estonia

Happy Chinese New Year

19.2.2015 8:48  
Wishing the world’s Chinese population safe travels for their celebrations of the year of the sheep

SMOS on acid

17.2.2015 12:46  

With fundamental changes happening to the chemistry of the world’s oceans, salinity information from ESA’s SMOS mission is being used with other Earth observation data to obtain information on ‘the other carbon dioxide problem’ – ocean acidification.

Heart of Voh

13.2.2015 15:24  
This heart-shaped formation in New Caledonia is one of nature’s small reminders that love is all around us

Call for Media

13.2.2015 14:24  
ESA and the European Commission together with Airbus Defence and Space and the IABG test centre are inviting media to view the Sentinel‑2A satellite in Ottobrunn, Germany on 24 February

Desert reservoir

13.2.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: Las Vegas and Lake Mead in the southwest United States, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

12.2.2015 14:45  
Join us Friday, 13 February, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features Las Vegas and Lake Mead in the United States

Sentinel-2 practises laser spin

11.2.2015 15:08  

As Sentinel-2A nears the end of testing before being shipped to its launch site, one of the last jobs has been to make sure the satellite’s laser terminal is up to the job of delivering large volumes of data at breakneck speed.

Have your say

9.2.2015 13:57  
Participate in the European Union’s survey on how to make the most of Earth observation in a global context

Retreating glaciers

6.2.2015 14:44  
Comparing data from three generations of radar missions – Seasat, ERS and Sentinel-1 – two large glaciers in southeast Greenland have retreated significantly in the past 36 years

36 years of radar vision

6.2.2015 13:43  

ESA has recently recovered imagery from the oldest synthetic aperture radar – or SAR – in space, renewing our view of a changing Earth.

Lisbon

6.2.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1 radar image of Portugal's capital, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

5.2.2015 11:03  
Join us Friday, 6 February, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. This week features a Sentinel-1 radar image over the metropolitan area of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon

Plant power from above

3.2.2015 13:44  

Field experiments have shown how ESA’s potential FLEX mission could identify vegetation that is suffering degrees of stress invisible to the naked eye.

Appathon success

2.2.2015 17:41  
Appathon teams win ticket to ESA App Camp

Mapping forest structure from space

30.1.2015 14:32  

Over the last 10 years a new method using satellite radar data has been maturing to provide 3D views of Earth’s natural resources and urban environments. Scientists from around the world gathered recently to share the latest advances in the exciting technique of ‘POLinSAR’.

Corsican waters

30.1.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: the Mediterranean Sea’s most mountainous island, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

29.1.2015 15:00  
Join us Friday, 30 January, at 10:00 CET for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. Ahead of World Wetlands Day, this week’s programme features the Ramsar sites on the island of Corsica

Aletsch

23.1.2015 10:05  
Earth observation image of the week: the largest glacier in the Alps, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Satellites catch Austfonna shedding ice

23.1.2015 9:00  

Rapid ice loss in a remote Arctic ice cap has been detected by the Sentinel-1A and CryoSat satellites.

Satellites catch Austfonna shedding ice

23.1.2015 9:00  

Rapid ice loss in a remote Arctic ice cap has been detected by the Sentinel-1A and CryoSat satellites.

Monitoring sea ice

22.1.2015 11:28  
Learn how Copernicus uses satellites to monitor the marine environment, helping vessels to navigate through icy waters
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