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Copernicus Sentinel-2 helps put a halt to deforestation

15 November 2018

Beginning in June 2017 in Indonesia and Malaysia, where development of palm oil plantations is a strong driver of tropical deforestation, the Starling service aims to provide a reliable and near real-time monitoring tool, in order to help companies all across the food supply chain to achieve their 'no deforestation' commitment.

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UNICEF and ɸ: Earth observation and innovation for the most vulnerable

14 November 2018

Every day, UNICEF works to help children that are victims of poverty, disease, conflict, migration and more. These problems are not only tragic, but also extremely complex. To further improve the way it works, UNICEF is taking a non-traditional approach by looking at breakthrough technology, Earth observation, big data and artificial intelligence.

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Harnessing artificial intelligence for sustainability goals

14 November 2018

As ESA's ɸ-week continues to provoke and inspire participants on new ways of using Earth observation for monitoring our world to benefit the citizens of today and of the future, it is clear that artificial intelligence is set to play an important role.

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International Team, NASA Make Unexpected Discovery Under Greenland Ice

14 November 2018

An international team of researchers, including a NASA glaciologist, has discovered a large meteorite impact crater hiding beneath more than a half-mile of ice in northwest Greenland. The crater — the first of any size found under the Greenland ice sheet — is one of the 25 largest impact craters on Earth, measuring roughly 1,000 feet deep and more than 19 miles in diameter, an area slightly larger than that inside Washington's Capital Beltway.

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NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space

12 November 2018

California continues to be plagued by wildfires — including the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in Northern California, now one of the deadliest in the state's history. NASA satellites are observing these fires — and the damage they're leaving behind — from space.

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A New Hope: GEDI to Yield 3D Forest Carbon Map

07 November 2018

A new NASA laser instrument set to launch to the International Space Station in December will help scientists create the first three-dimensional map of the world's temperate and tropical forests.

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Practical healthcare applications from Earth-observation data

06 November 2018

The EU-funded AURORA project will develop technologies to turn data from the Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 missions – due to be launched as part of the European Space Agency's Copernicus programme – into practical, actionable information that will help protect the health of European citizens

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Ozone hole could've been a big one this year – but it wasn’t

02 November 2018

The ozone hole that forms over the Antarctic each September is primarily driven by two factors: the amount of ozone-destroying chlorine in the polar stratosphere and the availability of ice crystals in stratospheric clouds for the chlorine to bind to.

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Copernicus Sentinel-1 catches Norwegian spring floods - in autumn

31 October 2018

Spring floods occur when snow melts over large areas in short time periods, often combined with rain—so-called rain-on-snow events that add water, further intensifying snow melt. As their name suggests, such floods typically occur in spring – except for a few weeks ago, when Southern Norway was struck with this phenomenon.

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Simple, effective Earth-system modelling

24 October 2018

To assess long-range risks to food, water, energy and other critical natural resources, decision-makers often rely on Earth-system models capable of producing reliable projections of regional and global environmental changes spanning decades.

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Zooming in on Mexico’s landscape

22 October 2018

As part of a scientific collaboration with the Mexican Space Agency and other Mexican scientific public entities, ESA has combined images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to produce a detailed view of the different types of vegetation growing across the entire country.

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Dangerous Hurricane Willa Probed By NASA and Japan’s GPM Satellite

22 October 2018

Hurricane Willa is a major hurricane threatening western Mexico. Forecasters were able to see the rate of rainfall occurring within the powerful storm when the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM's core satellite passed overhead and provided that data.

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The Copernicus Emergency Management Service Monitors Floods in Aude, France

17 October 2018

On 15th October heavy rains caused devastating flash floods in the regions of Hérault and Aude in southwestern France.

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Operation IceBridge, ICESat-2 join forces to survey Antarctica

12 October 2018

NASA's decade-long airborne survey of polar ice, Operation IceBridge, is once again probing Antarctica. But this year is different: it is the first time that the IceBridge team and instruments survey the frozen continent while NASA's newest satellite mission, the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), studies it from space.

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Copernicus Sentinel-2 brings benefits to viticulture and forestry

11 October 2018

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites are being used by a Portuguese company, together with drones, to improve resource efficiency in agriculture and forestry by early detection of diseases and pests, providing data and tools for precision management of crops.

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With thick ice gone, Arctic Sea ice changes more slowly

11 October 2018

The Arctic Ocean's blanket of sea ice has changed since 1958 from predominantly older, thicker ice to mostly younger, thinner ice, according to new research published by NASA scientist Ron Kwok of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. With so little thick, old ice left, the rate of decrease in ice thickness has slowed. New ice grows faster but is more vulnerable to weather and wind, so ice thickness is now more variable, rather than dominated by the effect of global warming.

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Making better use of Earth observations to enhance terrestrial and marine ecosystems

09 October 2018

Healthy ecosystems and a rich biodiversity are vital for human welfare and survival. Ecosystems provide a multitude of benefits to people. These range from food, clean water and raw materials to flood protection and cultural heritage. However, climate change and the shifts in land use can alter nature's ecosystems and the habitats that support life, from oceans to forests.

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Palu earthquake and tsunami: Copernicus EMS maps demonstrate their operational usefulness in the aftermath of the disaster

08 October 2018

On Friday 28 September, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake occurred on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, triggering a number of aftershocks.

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NASA's ARIA maps Indonesia quake, tsunami damage

05 October 2018

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake on 28 September in northern Indonesia and the devastating tsunami that followed it killed more than 1,400 people and left a large trail of destruction.

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Monitoring and protecting our ecosystems from space

04 October 2018

Using satellites, we can monitor changes and promote the responsible use of land and natural resources to protect our ecosystems. Earth's ecosystems are essential to life as we know it, contributing to some of our most basic needs like water, food and clean air.

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