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ESA's Largest Scientific Gathering Has Begun
2013-09-09 13:42:18

ESA The largest Living Planet Symposium ever held has begun. Scientists and users are gathering in Edinburgh, UK, this week to present their latest satellite findings on Earth’s environment and climate based. With over 1800 participants, it is building on the symposia held in Bergen (2010), Montreux (2007) and Salzburg (2004). At the opening plenary session on Monday morning, representatives from ESA, the UK Space Agency, the UK government, the European Commission and ESA’s Earth...

ESA To Debate Earth Explorer Satellites At March Meeting
2013-01-21 19:33:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the next few months, scientists from across Europe will be gathering together to try and choose the European Space Agency's next Earth Explorer mission. The series of Earth Explorer satellites are designed to advance science by exploring different aspects of Earth. The missions are helping scientists improve their understanding of the interactions between Earth's different components, and how human activity is affecting...

ESA Showcases New Earth Explorer Excellence
2012-06-17 03:00:54

Three new satellite concepts are vying to be chosen as ESA´s seventh Earth Explorer mission. In preparation for selection next year, a series of reports has been published presenting the scientific and technical ambition of each mission. Since the Biomass, CoReH2O and PREMIER mission concepts were selected for feasibility study in 2009, each candidate has been undergoing a set of rigorous activities to demonstrate their value to science and that they are technically viable. The...

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...

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...

Space For The Arctic
2012-03-15 08:09:43

[ Watch the Video ] International stakeholders met in Copenhagen this week to discuss the contribution of space technologies to one of the region´s most affected by climate change. Rendered increasingly accessible by the melting of ice, the Arctic is being transformed from a region of primarily scientific interest into one attracting a complex set of environmental, security and commercial concerns. Because of the Arctic´s harsh environment and low population density, space...

Swarm Constellation Heads North
2012-02-20 04:12:36

The three satellites that make up ESA´s Swarm magnetic field mission were presented to the media on Feb 17. Following a demanding testing program, the satellites were displayed in the cleanroom before they are shipped to Russia for their July launch. Swarm is ESA´s first constellation of Earth observation satellites designed to measure the magnetic signals from Earth´s core, mantle, crust, oceans, ionosphere and magnetosphere, providing data that will allow scientists to...

Image 1 - Getting Ready For Sentinel-2
2011-12-08 04:35:37

The deadline for abstract submissions for the April 2012 symposium on the Sentinel-2 satellite is just around the corner. The first Sentinel-2 Preparatory Symposium will be hosted at ESA´s ESRIN centre for Earth observation in Frascati, Italy, from 23 to 27 April 2012. The symposium is open to anyone interested in Sentinel-2 data or involved in the development of the mission, including ESA Principal Investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-2 users, scientists, students and...

Image 1 - SMOS Maps Europe’s Dry Autumn Soils
2011-12-08 04:21:57

Dry soil resulting from Europe´s exceptionally warm and dry autumn is being monitored by ESA´s SMOS water mission. The images here show the stark comparison between soil moisture in November 2010 and November 2011. Like the most of the year, this autumn has been particularly dry. In the Netherlands, for example, just 9 mm of rain fell in November, compared to the average of 82 mm. According to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute KNMI, November was the driest since...


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