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The worldâ€™s rivers, lakes, reservoirs and groundwater as well as snow fields and glaciers are the main sources of freshwater to support terrestrial life and human livelihoods.
The International Ice Charting Working Group predicts more marine transportation in the Arctic as sea ice continues to diminish and warns of "significant hazards to navigation," according to a statement released yesterday.
The ozone hole over Antarctica has shrunk 30 percent as compared to last year's record size. According to measurements made by ESAâ€™s Envisat satellite, this yearâ€™s ozone loss peaked at 27.7 million tonnes, compared to the 2006 record ozone loss of 40 million tonnes.
Cleanup and rebuilding teams responding to the devastation across Greece caused by this summerâ€™s deadly fires are getting help from space.
Hot spots across Southeastern Europe from 21 to 26 August have been detected with instruments aboard ESA satellites, which have been continuously surveying fires burning across the Earthâ€™s surface for a decade.
Two Belgian explorers currently nearing the end of a staggering 2,000 km trek across the Arctic Ocean were recently guided through hazardous conditions using observations from Envisat, as sea ice in the Lincoln Sea began to break up unexpectedly.
The origin and movement of waves reaching up to 11 metres that devastated Franceâ€™s Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Saturday evening have been detected with ESAâ€™s Envisat satellite.
Launched from Kourou in French Guiana on the night of 28 February 2002, ESAâ€™s Envisat spacecraft marks its fifth year in space.
Within the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) framework, sustainable management of forests is recognised as an important challenge - one objective that will be addressed with the planned Sentinel-2 mission.
Earth observation from space plays an invaluable role in helping scientists advance our understanding of climate change and capability to model its evolution.
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