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Global change - DLR and the United Nations University agree on closer cooperation

23 February 2015

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the United Nations University (UNU) have agreed to continue to strengthen their cooperation. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board, and Jakob Rhyner, Vice Rector of UNU in Europe and Director of the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, signed an agreement to this effect on 23 February 2015.

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Climate Symposium outcomes carry into crucial year

12 January 2015

The year 2015 has been marked as a year of "climate challenges", the one in which a legally binding international agreement on climate will be negotiated.

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In 2015, CNES will be making climate central to its space policy

05 January 2015

CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall delivered his New Year wishes to members of the French and international press recently in the Salle de l'Espace at Paris Les Halles. This traditional gathering provided the opportunity to review a year of historic successes for CNES and to present the agency's strategy and challenges for 2015, a year in which the focus will be on climate in the lead-up to the COP 21 global climate summit in Paris in December.

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African satellite information provider expands services

19 December 2014

An Africa-wide satellite data provider run by the African Union (AU) plans to expand its service coverage to the countries of North Africa, an official with the provider said Friday.

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Could microsatellites be the future of civil Earth observations?

03 December 2014

Over the last two years, the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy has made gathering visible and invisible information about the Earth a priority. Now, the office is looking for a way to capture that data from the sky for less.

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Copernicus Climate Change and Atmospheric Monitoring Services launched

11 November 2014

A ground-breaking agreement was signed in Brussels on 11 November 2014 between the European Commission and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). This agreement means that ECMWF will be managing the Copernicus Climate Change and Atmosphere Monitoring Services.

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DLR and ESA sign the Collaborative Ground Segment Cooperation for Sentinel data

10 November 2014

With the first Copernicus satellite now operational, ESA and the DLR German Aerospace Center have signed an arrangement on managing and accessing Sentinel data.

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EUMETSAT to provide space data and operational support to Copernicus marine, atmosphere and climate change services

07 November 2014

Alain Ratier, Director-General of EUMETSAT and Philippe Brunet, Director of Aerospace, Maritime, Security and Defence Industries within the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, signed the Agreement between the European Union and EUMETSAT on the implementation of the Copernicus Programme on 07 November 2014.

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Landmark report on climate change finalised

02 November 2014

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the final synthesis report for its Fifth Assessment Report on the current scientific knowledge around our changing climate.

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The 28th CEOS plenary session concludes EUMETSAT's annual chairmanship

31 October 2014

The 28th plenary session of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), hosted by the Norwegian Space Centre and the Norwegian Meteorological Service in Tromso, Norway, on 29-30 October, brought the annual EUMETSAT Chairmanship of CEOS to a successful conclusion.

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Copernicus operations secured until 2021

28 October 2014

In a landmark agreement for Europe's Copernicus programme, the European Commission and ESA have signed an agreement of over €3 billion to manage and implement the Copernicus 'space component' between 2014 and 2021.

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Europe secures new generation of weather satellites

16 October 2014

Contracts were signed today to build three pairs of MetOp Second Generation satellites, ensuring the continuity of essential information for global weather forecasting and climate monitoring for decades to come.

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International Climate Symposium 2014 gathers world's leading experts on climate change challenges and observations from space

13 October 2014

This week, nearly 500 climate experts, policy makers and representatives from space agencies and industry will join in the debate to identify how observations from current and future satellites will address the grand research challenges identified by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

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EIAST joins global Earth Observation alliance

03 October 2014

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has joined the first global alliance of Earth observation satellites operators, PanGeo.

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U.S., India to collaborate on Mars exploration, Earth-observing mission

30 September 2014

In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.

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Study maps 15 years of carbon dioxide emissions on Earth

11 September 2014

World leaders face multiple barriers in their efforts to reach agreement on greenhouse gas emission policies. And, according to Arizona State University researchers, without globally consistent, independent emissions assessments, climate agreements will remain burdened by errors, self-reporting and the inability to verify emissions progress.

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Managing coasts under threat from climate change and sea-level rise

29 August 2014

Coastal regions under threat from climate change and sea-level rise need to tackle the more immediate threats of human-led and other non-climatic changes, according to a team of international scientists.

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Operational cooperation with U.S. on Space Situational Awareness

29 August 2014

In the context of the Initial Joint Polar System it shares with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), EUMETSAT has entered into a Space Situational Awareness data-sharing agreement with the US Strategic Command to protect its satellites against collision with space debris.

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Facing up to El Nino: Preparing Asia-Pacific to weather the storm of natural disasters

26 August 2014

In the event of an El Niño associated drought due to low-rainfall during the summer monsoon, India’s GDP could potentially fall by $23 billion, says a new United Nations assessment on the possibilities and policy options for governments attached to the impacts of the El Niño weather phenomenon in Asia and the Pacific.

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Assessment of semi-natural vegetation in EU agriculture and delivery of ecosystem services

08 August 2014

In a recently published article, the JRC presented its 1-km-resolution map of semi-natural vegetation in agricultural land in the EU-27, and assessed and classified the relation between semi-natural vegetation and ecosystem services in EU regions.

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