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Global Vegetation Being Mapped By Miniature Satellite
2013-02-11 12:34:37

ESA [ Watch The Video ] The French Spot satellites have been charting the world´s vegetation since 1998. This important task soon falls to ESA´s Proba-V, which, despite being only a little larger than a washing machine, will provide sharp views of Earth´s plant life every two days. Keeping a close check on the health of vegetation is not only essential for monitoring environmental change, but also for numerous practical applications — importantly, those related...

Climate Is The Hot Topic In Doha
2012-12-07 18:50:23

ESA ESA joined international delegates in Doha, Qatar, to discuss how satellite observations show our planet´s most sensitive areas reacting to climate change — and how this information is useful to the people living there. After almost two weeks of talks and negotiations, the UN Climate Change Conference has entered its final phase, when countries are represented mainly by their Ministers of Environment. During the first week of the ℠COP 18´ Conference of the...

Global Monitoring For Environment And Security For Europe
2012-10-12 10:59:07

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. The joint ESA-NEREUS (Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies) publication is a collection of articles that provide insight into how the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme is being used in new applications and services across Europe. The articles,...

ESA Satellites Taking A Deeper Look Into Sea Ice
2012-10-05 08:28:31

This year, satellites saw the extent of Arctic sea ice hit a record low since measurements began in the 1970s. ESA´s SMOS and CryoSat satellites are now taking a deeper look by measuring the volume of the sea-ice cover. Measurements from ESA´s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission show that ice has thinned significantly in the seasonal ice zones, with extensive areas less than half a metre thick. Sea ice has a large influence on the heat exchange between the ocean...

Mapping Landslides In The Swiss Alps
2012-09-26 08:41:24

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. Landslides are a natural hazard of special relevance in Alpine regions. This ground displacement can severely damage human lives and infrastructure. Earth-observing satellites — specifically those equipped with radars — can help scientists to map and monitor ground movement....

'20 Years Of Progress In Radar Altimetry Symposium' Gains Altitude In Venice
2012-09-24 10:41:43

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. Held every five years, the '20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry Symposium' gives participants the opportunity to focus on the challenges overcome to develop our current understanding of Earth´s surface variations observed by altimetry. Radar altimeters record the surface...

Earth Observation Summer School Comes To An End
2012-08-10 12:52:00

The sixth ESA Earth Observation Summer School wraps up today. The two-week course saw 70 students from more than 20 countries worldwide convene at ESRIN, ESA´s centre for Earth observation in Frascati, Italy. The students, mostly PhD students and young postdoctoral scientists, attended daily lectures covering issues related to remote sensing, Earth system modelling and data assimilation. Jean-Noël Thépaut, Head of Data Division at the European Centre for...

IGARSS 2012 Comes To An End
2012-07-27 10:25:16

The largest ever conference on geoscience and remote sensing comes to an end after a week of exchanging ideas, identifying research trends and discussing the latest developments in observation techniques. This year´s International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium — IGARSS 2012 — was held in Munich, Germany. Jointly organised by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, the DLR German Aerospace Center and ESA, IGARSS saw more than 2600 participants from 67...

IGARSS Begins In Munich This Week
2012-07-23 16:16:11

World-class scientists, engineers and educators have gathered in Munich, Germany, this week to discuss the latest developments in remote sensing and exchange ideas with other members of the international scientific community. The 32nd annual International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium — IGARSS — is being held this week. With over 2400 participants, it is the largest IGARSS since the annual conference began 31 years ago. At the plenary session on Monday morning,...


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