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2011-04-26 02:13:00

SEOUL, South Korea, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute (KORDI) announced that it will start the full-operation and the related official data distribution service of GOCI(Geostationary Ocean Color Imager), one of the three main payloads in COMS(Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite) also known as 'Chollian', which was launched in June 27 last year, beginning April 20 after its 9-month-long test operation. Considering that the...

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2011-03-09 13:59:13

To ensure that a continuous flow of accurate and timely satellite data is available to forecast the weather and study climate change in the coming decades, ESA is looking to the future by preparing the next generation of MetOp satellites. The current MetOp series has three identical satellites. Launched in 2006, MetOp-A is Europe's first polar-orbiting mission dedicated to operational meteorology, and will be followed by MetOp-B in 2012 and MetOp-C in 2016. These first three MetOp satellites...

2011-01-26 14:22:23

As the residents of Queensland, Australia, turn to the mammoth task of cleaning up after the devastating floods over the last weeks, data from ESA's Earth observation satellites are showing potential for delivering more timely warnings. The floods in Queensland have been the worst in decades "“ and with high waters now hitting parts of the southern state of Victoria, this disaster is not over yet. Although the heavy rains in Australia have been triggered by La Niña,...

2010-12-02 14:06:31

Although finding a successor to the Kyoto Protocol is a major item on the agenda at the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, delegates are also working hard to establish an international climate monitoring system. In order to effectively respond to climate change challenges, decision-makers need scientifically based climate knowledge. It is the job of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to make sure that the Conference of the Parties (COP)...

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2010-11-07 07:28:30

As winter approaches, northern dwellers will get assistance from space to help them face the harsh weather. Satellite information on snow cover is now available through ESA's GlobSnow project soon after it snows. As well as posing a hazard to communities through transportation shutdowns and floods, snow cover is one of the most important elements influencing the planet's climate, meteorology and water systems. Understanding snow conditions helps us to predict floods and advance climate...

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2010-10-18 08:25:00

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill couldn't have occurred at a worse time for bluefin tuna: they had come to the area "“ a major spawning ground "“ to produce offspring. Satellites are helping assess the damage from the disaster on the fish's spawning habitat. The majestic Atlantic bluefin tuna, among the largest fish able to grow the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, come to the Gulf yearly from January to June. Their peak spawning time in the Gulf is April and May "“ just when...

2010-07-22 15:45:00

GREENBELT, Md., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The last of five instruments slated to fly on the upcoming NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) climate and weather satellite have been successfully integrated, according to NASA officials. The polar-orbiting satellite is scheduled to launch in late 2011. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The NPP satellite was a pre-cursor mission to the National...

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2010-06-22 14:15:00

Europe is launching its next-generation of polar orbiting weather satellites in a two-spacecraft configuration, according to a recent BBC News report. Eumetsat, the organization that operates Europe's weather observatories, took the decision at its latest council meeting in Rome. The organization will allow additional instruments to be flown, producing even more data for numerical weather prediction models. Eumetsat Polar System, Second Generation (EPS-2G), will be a multi-billion dollar...

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2010-06-15 07:38:47

As Arctic sea-ice recedes inexorably towards another record summer minimum, scientists have highlighted the exceptional contribution that satellites have made to the International Polar Year and charting the effects of climate change. Celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of the International Polar Year (IPY), the IPY Oslo Science Conference last week drew together 2400 researchers, educators and members of northern communities "“ making it the biggest polar science meeting ever...

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2010-04-17 10:30:11

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite known as GOES-13 became the official GOES-EAST satellite on April 14, 2010. GOES-13 was moved from on-orbit storage and into active duty. It is perched 22,300 miles above the equator to spot potentially life-threatening weather, including tropical storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. "Just in time for the 2010 hurricane season, NOAA will have one of its newest, technologically advanced satellites closely tracking these...


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