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The Importance Of Earth Observing Satellites
2012-07-17 04:35:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Talks held at the recent biannual conference on mapping global risk ensured that leaders focused on the importance of Earth-observing satellites. The Understanding Risk Forum was organized by the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Risk and Recovery in Cape Town, South Africa earlier this month. During the conference, Earth-observing satellites became the focal point of discussion at the Forum's Earth Observing session chaired...

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2012-07-12 12:58:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There are satellites for nearly everything out in orbit now-a-days, including some that are meant just to provide measurements of the surface temperature of oceans and seas. These thermometers in the sky led to the meeting of scientists to review data from new satellite missions and scientific progress in the field. The European Space Agency said that measuring the sea-surface temperature (SST) across regional and global scales is...

ESA Under Press To Launch Sentinel Missions
2012-06-08 03:22:58

The loss of the Envisat satellite is affecting services by Europe´s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program. Efforts are being coordinated with other space agencies to fill some of the gaps, but the situation adds further urgency to launch the Sentinel missions. Carrying an array of sophisticated instruments, Envisat provided a continuous stream of information about the state of our planet for 10 years. Envisat not only advanced science, but also supplied data for...

Representatives Meet To Discuss GMES Program
2012-06-07 03:50:53

Representatives from the areas of economy, health, energy, agriculture, climate change, disaster management and key decision makers gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week to show their support for the GMES Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program. The GMES in Action conference gave participants an opportunity to explore the economic, environmental and social benefits of Europe´s GMES program. Through GMES, decision-makers will have access to reliable, timely and...

Envisat Captures Nea Kameni Volcano Movement
2012-05-23 03:23:31

[ Watch the Video ] Archived data from the Envisat satellite show that the volcanic island of Santorini has recently displayed signs of unrest. Even after the end of its mission, Envisat information continues to be exploited for the long-term monitoring of volcanoes. Santorini is a picturesque Greek island in the south Aegean Sea and the most active volcanic center in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc. The island is the site of one of history´s largest volcanic eruptions, about 3600...

GMES In Eastern Europe
2012-05-10 03:22:58

As Europe´s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program nears its full operational phase, its benefits and economic potential for Eastern Europe came into focus last week at a conference in Bucharest, Romania. In the summer of 2010, heavy rainfall unleashed floods in northern and eastern Romania. Over 20 people lost their lives, while hundreds of homes were destroyed. Thousands of hectares of farmland, forest and pastures were damaged. SAFER, the emergency response...

ESA Declares End To Lost Envisat's Mission
2012-05-09 09:58:16

After spending more than 10 years in space, orbiting the Earth more than 50,000 times, Envisat´s mission has ended, according to a report from ESA today. The satellite had been lost on April 8, 2012, and though teams had tried their best to re-establish contact with the eight-ton satellite, they have now declared its mission has ended. According to ESA, a team of engineers has spent the past month trying to regain control and communication with Envisat from a variety of ground...

Spotlight on Sentinel-2
2012-05-07 03:19:57

The vast potential of ESA´s upcoming Sentinel-2 satellites came into focus last week at a symposium in Italy on how they will benefit current and future projects that exploit Earth observation data. The humid and moist tropical climate of Gabon yields immense forests that cover over 85% of the land, making them the number-two driver of the national economy — and deforestation a subject of concern. The GMES project on Forest Monitoring Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and...

Satellites Stay Current On Ocean Currents
2012-05-04 03:09:15

Satellites offer a frequent overview of our entire planet — covered mostly by water — and provide valuable data to monitor and understand global ocean circulation. Understanding water currents at the ocean surface is important for many applications. Ocean surface currents have long fascinated oceanographers as they work to understand the role of oceans in the Earth system and how they affect our climate. Measurements of ocean surface currents are fundamental to a number of...

MetOp-B Launch Postponed
2012-04-30 03:56:49

Eumetsat and the European Space Agency (ESA) have been informed by the launch service provider, Starsem, that the launch of the MetOp-B satellite by a Soyuz rocket, scheduled for 23 May from Baikonur, had to be postponed. This is due to additional measures required to ensure the availability of safe drop zones for parts of the launcher after lift-off. The launch has been postponed for some weeks, until appropriate measures are implemented. It is expected to take place in the second half of...


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  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'