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NASA looks to solar eclipse to help understand Earth’s energy system

20 July 2017

It was midafternoon, but it was dark in an area in Boulder, Colorado on Aug. 3, 1998. A thick cloud appeared overhead and dimmed the land below for more than 30 minutes. Well-calibrated radiometers showed that there were very low levels of light reaching the ground, sufficiently low that researchers decided to simulate this interesting event with computer models. Now in 2017, inspired by the event in Boulder, NASA scientists will explore the moon's eclipse of the sun to learn more about Earth's energy system.

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Model upgrade improves forecast quality

12 July 2017

An upgrade of ECMWF's Integrated Forecasting System (IFS) implemented on 11 July improves forecast skill in medium-range and monthly forecasts.

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Challenges and opportunities for coastal altimetry

06 July 2017

Satellite altimetry—long established as an essential tool for open-ocean oceanography and sea level studies—is now also supporting diverse applications in the coastal zone. These applications include monitoring storm surges and mapping coastal dynamics, wind, and waves, information that can be assimilated in coastal models.

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Unlocking the power of research data

29 June 2017

The JRC Data Catalogue is an online platform which provides scientists, policy makers, data journalists and other users quick access to science data on a wide range of topics.

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Rideshare demand grows despite development of small launch vehicles

23 June 2017

Despite the ongoing development of a fleet of small launch vehicles, both launch providers and customers continue to see demand for flying small satellites as secondary payloads on larger rockets.

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Airbus and partners launch ‘Starling’ satellite service

22 June 2017

Airbus, together with non-profit organisation The Forest Trust (TFT) and radar satellite imagery expert SarVision, have launched Starling, an innovative satellite service enabling companies to demonstrate how they are implementing their ‘No Deforestation' commitments.

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China to launch four more probes before 2021

16 June 2017

China will launch a further four space probes before 2021 as part of the efforts to develop space science, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.

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EarthCARE ESA call for proposals now open

15 June 2017

ESA is pleased to announce the release of an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) Call for the External Calibration and Validation of the EarthCARE products.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 October 2017

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Is the Earth observation industry consolidating, or just evolving?

14 June 2017

Do three events constitute a trend? For many in the Earth-observation industry, the answer seems to be yes.

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Sentinel Stories: Interviewing a remote sensing expert

09 June 2017

'Sentinel Stories' is presented by Malì Cecere. In this video, produced by ESA, Professor Andreas Kääb of the University of Oslo describes his work with data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites and what sort of benefits these bring to him and his team.

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Ten years of daily atmospheric composition forecasts

06 June 2017

On 17 May 2007, ECMWF scientist Johannes Flemming initiated the Centre's first atmospheric composition forecast.

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Quantifying the effects of climate change

05 June 2017

Last year was the hottest on record, Arctic sea ice is on the decline and sea levels continue to rise. In this context, satellites are providing us with an unbiased view of how our climate is changing and the effects it is having on our planet.

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One man's shoes help NASA explain water clarity

05 June 2017

Wearing white sneakers, a cowboy hat and overalls, Bernie Fowler walks into Maryland's Patuxent River every June to see how deep he can go and still see the tops of his shoes. As a young man he could see his feet on the river bottom as he stood chest-deep to net blue crabs. Now in his nineties, he ventures into the river to assess the water clarity. Fowler has been collecting this data point for the past 29 years and counting, calling it "sneaker depth".

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Earth-i plans space video network

30 May 2017

A British company has announced its intention to launch a big constellation of Earth observation satellites.

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New satellite instruments promise better view of global weather

25 May 2017

Work on exploiting new satellite instruments that will provide unprecedented details of the weather at different levels of the atmosphere is making good progress, an international meeting hosted by ECMWF has heard.

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X-Cubesat and Spacecube successfully launched from the ISS

19 May 2017

X-Cubesat, the satellite designed by students from the French École Polytechnique, was placed in orbit from the International Space Station on 17 May at 3.45am (local). The cubesat is operational, and the very first telemetry was received by an amateur radio station in the Netherlands and sent to the École Polytechnique.

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The best way to transmit satellite data? In trucks. Really

17 May 2017

AN UNMARKED WHITE semi-truck rests on orange steel plates—Rent Me, they proclaim—protecting the soft ground outside a glass-fronted office building in Westminster, Colorado. Inside the cargo container, locked up in refrigerated drives, is a photo album of Earth. Over 17 years, a company called DigitalGlobe has painstakingly collected those images from its high-resolution satellite network. And on this May morning, it's set to ship those precious 100 petabytes to Amazon and its cloud-based Web Services.

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Satellites play vital role in spotting, monitoring fires

11 May 2017

Fires, whether naturally occurring or man-made, have substantial impacts on both the landscape and air quality. Fortunately, satellites can detect and monitor fires large and small, and provide data on a range of factors, including location, duration, size, temperature and intensity.

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Meet an expert oceanographer

05 May 2017

Dr Marie-Hélène Rio is a scientist from CLS, a subsidiary of the French Space agency CNES. She is responsible for developing and merging new algorithms to exploit Sentinel-3 data.

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GRACE-FO satellites get an earful

02 May 2017

The two GRACE-FO (GRACE = Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, FO = Follow-On) Earth observation satellites, which Airbus Friedrichshafen developed and constructed for NASA/JPL, were ‘given an earful' during recent acoustic tests.

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