Earth Observation Mission News
Sentinel-1 focuses on floods
14 December 2017
Carrying advanced radar instruments, which can image Earth's surface regardless of the weather and darkness, the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission is bringing new insight into the aftermath of heavy rains and hurricanes.
The European Union's Copernicus Programme includes two advanced radar satellites, Sentinel-1A and -1B, which were launched in 2014 and 2016, respectively.
Both satellites carry an advanced radar instrument to provide an all-weather, day-and-night supply of imagery of Earth's surface.
Source: Sentinel Online
Image credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel and NASA MODIS data (2017), processed by A. Kääb at University of Oslo - The Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar satellites are able to see through clouds, and caught Hurricane Harvey as it hit the Houston area in Texas, in August 2017.