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EUMETSAT’s MetOp-A satellite makes her 50,000th orbit

10 June 2016

Early Wednesday morning (02:30 GMT), the Metop-A meteorological satellite crossed the equator to begin its 50,000th orbit since its launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, in 2006.

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Nazca Lines

This Flock 1 image, acquired on 2 June 2016, shows the enormous Nazca Lines etched into the arid coastal desert in southern Peru.

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Flash of brilliance: CALIPSO satellite marks ‘first light’

07 June 2016

On 7 June, 2006, the CALIPSO satellite got to work doing something that has made atmospheric scientists very, very happy over the last 10 years.

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Stanford researchers calculate groundwater levels from satellite data

09 June 2016

A new computer algorithm that can "fill in" underground water levels in areas where quality data is not available could lead to improved models of groundwater flow in regions where pumping and aquifer depletion are a concern.

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Monitoring pipelines from space

06 June 2016

Dutch company Orbital Eye has developed a service that uses satellites to monitor gas and oil pipelines. A major African pipeline operator has already signed up for the service.

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Helping satellites be right as rain

08 June 2016

As you read this paragraph, a NASA satellite orbits around planet Earth, gathering data on — of all things — soil moisture. Moisture in the soil acts like a thermostat for the planet. Along with affecting agricultural production, it has a large influence on the weather and climate. Its impact on the planet is so important, NASA has sent a satellite into space to measure it.

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Introduction to Remote Sensing for Coastal and Ocean Applications

06 - 27 July 2016

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Location: Online training/webinar

Registration deadline: 05 July 2016

Course Overview:

In this introductory webinar, participants will be provided with an overview of remote sensing for coastal and ocean applications. This will include a background in aquatic remote sensing, data access and tools for processing and analysing imagery, and examples and live demonstrations of applied sciences tools that have been developed for NASA and partner organisations.

This course will review data products from MODIS, VIIRS, HICO, and other sensors commonly used for ocean applications. Participants will learn about NASA Earth observation resources (data and tools) available for coastal and ocean applications, including: a basic understanding of remote sensing in aquatic environments, how to access and visualise relevant NASA Earth Science data, and techniques for using NASA Earth Science data for coastal and ocean applications in the areas of animal migrations and coral reef health.

The course will have four 1 hour sessions every Wednesday from 13:00 to 14:00 EDT Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).

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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.