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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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Canadian Industry Minister Moore announces support for new space technologies that will provide crucial information about the Earth

07 August 2014

On 07 August 2014 the Industry Minister of Canada, James Moore, announced support for the development of new Earth Observation (EO) products that will provide crucial data to better understand our planet and manage our resources.

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Observing Earth today and tomorrow: A national plan

23 July 2014

Humans have been observing Earth for a very long time simply because the conditions of the Earth are basic to our survival and our prosperity. Even the most ancient written records are filled with accounts of great floods, famines, and earthquakes.

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Doubling radar vision of Earth

17 July 2014

Following a contract signed with Arianespace on 17 July 2014, the second Sentinel-1 satellite is now set to join its identical twin sister in orbit in early 2016, optimising the mission's global coverage to manage the environment and improve everyday lives.

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Demand for nano and microsatellites increasing across all applications

08 July 2014

NSR's Nano and Microsatellite Markets report, released 8 July, finds increasing reliability and capabilities driving uptake of 1-50 kg satellites across all applications, operators, and regions. In 2013 this nascent market surged into view with a trebling of total launches compared to 2012, and this higher launch rate will be sustained through the remainder of the decade and beyond.

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Public consultation on sharing spatial information in Europe shows benefits and obstacles

30 June 2014

Better data retrieval and access, greater interoperability of data and improved coordination across the EU top the list of benefits perceived by both data producers and users of spatial information on the environment.

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EU enhances commercial access to Earth observation data

17 June 2014

Businesses and research institutions will soon have more reliable access to commercial Earth observation satellite data, according to a proposal presented by the European Commission in Brussels on 17 June.

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US lifts restrictions on more detailed satellite images

16 June 2014

Sites like Google and Bing Maps will be able to use higher-quality satellite images, thanks to US government restrictions being lifted.

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Monitoring climate change from space

13 June 2014

How do measurements from satellites flying above Earth provide essential information on the effects of climate change on our planet? Scientific and political organisations considered the question in London on 13 June.

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Taking weather forecasting into the future

20 May 2014

The first documents signalling the go-ahead for Europe's fleet of MetOp Second Generation weather satellites were signed last week in the presence of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Berlin Air Show.

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