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UN designates decade of ocean science

11 December 2017

The United Nations has designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development' to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks.

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Enabling FAIR data across the Earth and space sciences

08 December 2017

Data experts from publishers, repositories, and other organisations met last month to kick off a project to promote open and Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data principles.

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NASA policy provides new approach to space science and technology missions

08 December 2017

A new NASA policy will give science and engineering communities a revised roadmap to allow more opportunities to conduct innovative science and technology from space.

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EUMETSAT takes steps to extend Meteosat and EPS operations and approves ground segment contracts for next generation systems

06 December 2017

At its 88th session, the EUMETSAT Council agreed to exploit the Meteosat second generation (MSG) and EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) satellite systems for another seven years and opened the votes enabling the 30 Member States to formalise associated financial commitments in the course of 2018.

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EuroGEOSS: Tailored Earth Observation Services

06 December 2017

EuroGEOSS is the European component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) with a focus on coordinating and scaling up user-driven applications being developed in Europe.

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UN climate conference boosts commitment to action

20 November 2017

The United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) wrapped up on 17 November after two weeks of deliberations on implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. 

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Shared vision strengthens Europe’s space strategy

08 November 2017

Working together for three decades, ESA and Eumetsat have been instrumental in positioning Europe as a leader in observing Earth from space. Continuing to share a vision, the two organisations have signed a statement that will strengthen Europe in meteorology and climate monitoring, and that will help to take the Copernicus programme into the future.

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Major return on investment from improving climate observations

08 November 2017

A well-designed climate observing system could help scientists answer knotty questions about climate while delivering trillions of dollars in benefits by providing decision makers information they need to protect public health and the economy in the coming decades, according to a new paper published today.

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European Commission boosts European Earth Observation capabilities to better serve our society

23 October 2017

The European Commission has launched a new initiative to strengthen the European component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (EuroGEOSS). Thanks to EuroGEOSS, Europe will have access to even more advanced Earth observation services tailored to its needs. This will benefit citizens and businesses by enabling, for example, better protection against natural disasters, more efficient response to climate change, improved management of energy resources, or stronger promotion of sustainable agriculture.

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Ireland signs up to Copernicus Sentinel agreement

17 October 2017

ESA and Enterprise Ireland have signed an agreement that gives Ireland access to data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites and helps Ireland to exploit these data to benefit their country.

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MDA closes DigitalGlobe merger, re-brands as Maxar Technologies

05 October 2017

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates completed its $2.4 billion purchase of DigitalGlobe on 05 October 2017, and will re-brand the combined company as Maxar Technologies.

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University of Sydney and DLR sign Memorandum of Understanding for aerospace research

27 September 2017

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the renowned University of Sydney have declared their intention for future cooperation in research and teaching activities related to aerospace research by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 27 September 2017 at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

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JAXA and DLR sign joint declaration

20 September 2017

On 20 September 2017, the Japanese Space Agency JAXA and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) signed a joint declaration for the continuation of their project-related cooperation.

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Ozone protection treaty marks 30th anniversary

15 September 2017

The Earth's protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery thanks to a highly successful environmental agreement which marks its 30th anniversary on 16 September.

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Investing in Industrial Innovation

06 September 2017

A new ESA initiative, Investing in Industrial Innovation in Earth Observation – also known as ‘InCubed' – kicked off today with an open call for European businesses to apply for a chance to gain financial and practical support for industry projects.

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Pacific leaders to turn up heat on climate change

04 September 2017

Climate change will dominate discussions when the leaders of vulnerable Pacific nations hold their annual meeting in the Samoan capital Apia this week, with global warming threatening their existence, officials say.

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One UN collaboration on access to and awareness-raising of Earth Observation for Sustainable Development Goals

04 September 2017

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have agreed to collaborate to further their common goals, particularly the use of space-based technology for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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Using satellites to monitor progress toward the SDGs

23 August 2017

The plummeting cost of satellite data in the past decade has made earth observation (EO) and geospatial information more attractive than ever for addressing poverty, monitoring environmental changes, and stimulating economic growth – among other objectives. It is especially valuable in developing countries, which often do not have adequate monitoring systems to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and other global and national goals.

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NOAA Satellite Conference addresses opportunities and challenges

24 July 2017

A new era in satellite meteorology offers unprecedented opportunities to improve Earth observations and understanding, but also poses big challenges for users worldwide. A top-level World Meteorological Organization delegation outlined WMO's strategic perspectives at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellite Conference 2017.

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Meteorological space agencies look to the future

29 June 2017

The Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) held its 45th plenary session on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, on 15-16 June. The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Vision for the Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) in 2040, which is currently being prepared, was one of the major items discussed.

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