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CryoSat reveals lake outbursts beneath Antarctic ice

08 February 2017

A novel way of using ESA's CryoSat mission has revealed how lakes beneath Thwaites Glacier drained into the Amundsen Sea - potentially the largest such outflow ever reported in this region of West Antarctica.

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Shadegan Pond

Covering about 400,000 hectares (1 million acres) in Iran's Khuzestan province, the Shadegan wetlands are the largest in Iran. At their centre is Shadegan Pond, a large but shallow body of water surrounded by a varied landscape of sugar plantations, date palm orchards, small towns, and military fortifications.

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New data from NOAA GOES-16's Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) instrument

10 February 2017

The new Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) instrument onboard NOAA's GOES-16 is working and successfully sending data back to Earth.

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WorldView-4 high-resolution satellite now open for business in space

03 February 2017

Less than three months after rocketing into space, the commercial WorldView 4 Earth-imagery satellite has finished in-orbit testing and calibration to begin operations for DigitalGlobe.

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Special issue on Earth Observation and in-situ sensing for risk assessment from natural threats

07 February 2017

A Special Issue of the MDPI journal has been created and is open to the submission of both review and original research articles, related to the exploitation of spaceborne Earth observation (EO) and in-situ sensors for risk assessment from natural threats.

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NASA makes an EPIC upgrade to website for daily Earth pictures

02 February 2017

NASA has upgraded its website that provides daily views of the Earth from one million miles away. NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera imagery website was recently updated allowing the public to choose natural or enhanced colour images of the Earth and even zoom into an area on the globe.

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Satellite derived annual PM2.5 data sets in support of United Nations sustainable development goals

15 - 29 March 2017

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Location: Online training/webinar

Conference objectives:

Air pollution caused by particles with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5) can reduce visibility and adversely affect human health. As a result, the United Nations has addressed this type of pollution in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Recently, annual mean PM2.5 maps have been developed using MODIS, MISR, and SeaWiFS observations from 1998-2015 and have been used by organisations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Greenpeace, to assess global air quality and health impacts.

In this webinar, participants will become familiar with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the satellite observations of air quality that are used to calculate indicators 3.9.1 and 11.6.2. This training will cover accessing the data, analysing long-term trends, and combining PM2.5 and population data sets to understand long-term exposure.

Course Dates: Three, one-hour sessions on 15, 22 and 29 March.

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