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Arctic wintertime sea ice extent is among lowest on record

23 March 2018

Sea ice in the Arctic grew to its annual maximum extent last week, and joined 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the four lowest maximum extents on record, according to scientists at the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and NASA.

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Netherlands ice

This Copernicus Sentinel-2 image from 02 March 2018 shows Amsterdam and the IJmeer and Markemeer freshwater lakes covered by a thin layer of ice.

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Sentinel-3B launch preparations in full swing

23 March 2018

With the Sentinel-3B satellite now at the Plesetsk launch site in Russia and lift-off set for 25 April, engineers are steaming ahead with the task of getting Europe's next Copernicus satellite ready for its journey into orbit.

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Scientists accurately model the action of aerosols on clouds

13 March 2018

Global climate is a tremendously complex phenomenon, and researchers are making painstaking progress, year by year, to try to develop ever more accurate models.

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Water and the Data Cube revolution

22 March 2018

Every day satellites are orbiting the Earth and generating a massive amount of Earth observations data – much of which is left unused. As the amount of available open data grows exponentially, analysts have become unable to handle these raw datasets with traditional methods and technology.

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Could Africa’s agricultural challenges be solved by satellite data?

22 March 2018

There has been a significant growth in the availability of satellite data in recent years, providing access to information on air quality, soil composition, ocean currents, and seismic activity.

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SeaSAR 2018

07 - 10 May 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency

Location: Frascati, Italy

Workshop overview:

The European Space Agency is organising the fifth Advances in SAR Oceanography workshop, SeaSAR 2018, which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN from 07 to 10 May 2018.

The workshop is part of the #EOScience4Society – Scientific Exploitation Programme element aimed at exploiting data from ESA and operational EO Missions (e.g. Copernicus Sentinels) for science and application development.

The main objectives for the workshop are:

  • Report on progress/status of recommendations of SeaSAR 2012
  • Provide a forum for scientific exchange and to assess the state of art in SAR coastal and marine applications, virtual labs, tools, virtual platforms.
  • Initiate and encourage close collaboration between individual research groups.
  • Stimulating and supporting the exploitation of the ESA Earth Explorer and Copernicus Sentinel Missions. Formulate recommendations for algorithm and new products development.
  • Present exploitation results from spaceborne SAR missions and application projects.
  • Present SAR marine and ice services developed under the Copernicus Programme.
  • Group-work and discussion, to develop new skills in the application of complementary satellite for ocean remote sensing data sets and their application in synergy for science and applications serving society.

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