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GOCE reveals gravity dip from ice loss

26 September 2014

Although not designed to map changes in Earth's gravity over time, ESA's extraordinary satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature.

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Machu Picchu, Peru

This Pleiades image, acquired 11 August 2012, shows Machu Picchu in Peru. The Incan site is the source of many questions for archaeologists and historians and is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

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Suomi NPP satellite data used for mitigating aviation related volcanic hazards

25 September 2014

A joint NOAA/NASA satellite is one of several satellites providing valuable information to aviators about volcanic hazards. An aviation "orange" alert was posted on 18 August 2014, for Bárðarbunga, a stratovolcano located under the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland, indicating the "volcano shows heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption."

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Earth observation image saves 38 lives at sea

26 September 2014

A satellite Earth observation image ordered by National Space Centre's Maritime Surveillance Centre in Cork has played a critical role in saving 38 lives by enabling the location of a ship lost in the West Mediterranean due to an engine failure in September 2014.

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SSTL demonstrates innovative method for measuring ocean winds and waves from space

25 September 2014

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has successfully demonstrated an innovative method of measuring winds and waves from space, using GNSS Reflectometry. This paves the way for a cost effective satellite system supporting the maritime sector and the organisations that rely on this information and it also offers improvements to weather services and climate research.

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China to build comprehensive Earth observation system in 10 years

28 September 2014

China plans to build an Earth observation system that integrates use of air, space and ground based technology, including drones, satellites and GPS systems in the next ten years, a top official said today.

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Earth Observation for the Oil and Gas Industry

11 - 12 March 2015

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Course Overview:

Earth Observation from satellites can provide the offshore oil and gas industry with a wide range of products and services. These include applications within the disciplines of environment and metocean, with relevant linkages to geomatics. During 2014 ESA is funding the "EO4OG" project. This aims to establish the current capabilities and uses of satellite based Earth Observation for the oil and gas sector.

This ESA hosted Professional Training Course will provide an opportunity for staff in the offshore oil and gas industry, especially from operators, to receive appropriate training in the latest products and services across the technical sectors studied during the EO4OG project.

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Visit the eoPortal database to find out about spaceborne EO missions and sensors to discover more about past, operational and future missions. This is complemented with detailed articles of airborne sensors.

This database is based on the book of Herbert J. Kramer Observation of the Earth and its Environments and describes over 600 missions in detail. Online updated version of "Earth Observation History of Technical Introduction" available as of January 02, 2017.