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A scientist's final paper looks toward Earth's future climate

16 July 2018

A NASA scientist's final scientific paper, published posthumously this month, reveals new insights into one of the most complex challenges of Earth's climate: understanding and predicting future atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and the role of the ocean and land in determining those levels.

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Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

16 July 2018

A remote, boggy stretch of land on the north coast of Scotland - A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland is set to become the UK's first spaceport.

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Simplified access to climate data from Copernicus and its partners

13 July 2018

The goal of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) is to provide access to climate indicators, indexes and models to develop scenarios-based adaptation and mitigation measures. The Climate Data Store (CDS), launched on 14 June, simplifies the process of sharing authoritative climate data. At the heart of C3S, the newly released CDS will provide users with a single and centralised point-of-access to climate data from around the world.

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The 'monster' iceberg: What happened next?

09 July 2018

It was a wow! moment. The world's biggest berg, a block of ice a quarter the size of Wales, fell off the Antarctic exactly a year ago. But what then? 

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NASA uses Earth as a laboratory to study distant worlds

28 June 2018

 A new study uses Earth as a stand-in for an exoplanet, and shows that even with very little light - as little as one pixel - it is still possible to measure key characteristics of distant worlds.

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ESA's unexpected fleet of space weather monitors

28 June 2018

A team of researchers, supported under ESA's Basic Activities, has recently investigated a resourceful new method of monitoring space weather. They analysed data from spacecraft magnetometers typically used for attitude control — so-called "platform magnetometers"— to see if these devices could also be used to investigate the impact of solar storms on the magnetic field around Earth.

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Satellites map fire on Saddleworth Moor

28 June 2018

The UK Space Agency has worked with partners to activate the Copernicus Emergency Management Service to provide satellite mapping to aid the response to fires burning on Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester.

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Satellite Vu's groundbreaking technology recognised by ESA in the fight against plastic pollution

25 June 2018

Pioneering Earth observation satellite system takes first prize in Ocean x Space competition.

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Why does India's air look different from space?

22 June 2018

There is something very distinct about the air over India and the surrounding countries in South Asia.

It is the presence of formaldehyde - a colourless gas that is naturally released by vegetation but also from a number of polluting activities.

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Copernicus 20 years on

21 June 2018

This week marks 20 years since the manifesto was signed that gave rise to Europe's Copernicus environmental programme. With seven Sentinel satellites already in orbit delivering terabytes of data every day, Copernicus is the biggest provider of Earth observation data in the world.

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RemoveDEBRIS deployed into low Earth orbit from the ISS

20 June 2018

The RemoveDEBRIS satellite has been deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) via Nanorack's commercially developed Kaber Microsatellite Deployer (Kaber) - and became the largest satellite to ever be deployed from the ISS to date!

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June 2018 ENSO Update: El Niño Watch!

14 June 2018

The June ENSO forecast estimates a 50% chance of El Niño developing during the late summer or early autumn, and an approximately 65% chance of El Niño conditions in the winter, so forecasters have instituted an El Niño Watch.

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ESA Council decides on the completion of Ariane 6 and endorses start of transition from Ariane 5 to Ariane 6

14 June 2018

The ESA Council met today in Paris to discuss the path towards the future exploitation of Ariane 6.

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Space capability strengthens with new Earth Observation centre

13 June 2018

Australia's national science agency today announced a new research centre focused on collecting and analysing data about Earth from space.

 

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Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

13 June 2018

Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate. Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tonnes a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting.

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Copernicus Sentinels to help measure Earth's biomass

07 June 2018

The amount of carbon stored in Earth's forests and how it is changing will be measured in the forthcoming Climate Change Initiative Biomass project, in which the legacy of GlobBiomass will be carried forward to the Sentinels' era.

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Tropical cyclones are becoming sluggish

06 June 2018

The speed at which tropical cyclones travel has slowed globally in the past seven decades, especially over some coastlines. This effect can compound flooding by increasing regional total rainfall from storms.

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20 years of Earth data now at your fingertips

05 June 2018

Thanks to the efforts of several NASA teams, the public can now interactively browse all global imagery from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument quickly and easily from the comfort of a home computer.

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China plans more meteorological satellites

05 June 2018

China plans to send 11 more meteorological satellites into orbit by 2025 to further improve its weather forecasting accuracy and ability to cope with natural hazards, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

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IceEye raises another $34 million for radar satellites

29 May 2018

ICEYE raised $34 million in a Series B investment round, bringing the Finnish commercial radar satellite operator's total funding to $53 million, ICEYE announced on 24 May.

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