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Landsat images before and after Harvey illustrate flooding in Texas

15 September 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey has released new Landsat satellite images that show some of the flooding and coastal change Hurricane Harvey's historic rains and storm surge produced across much of eastern Texas.

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NOAA satellites and aircraft monitor catastrophic floods from Hurricane Harvey and Irma

15 September 2017

NOAA's GOES-16 and NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP provide FEMA with the first comprehensive view of flood zones.

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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the summer of all records

15 September 2017

With Harvey and Irma, the summer of 2017 will remain in the Hurricane book of records. It will also be remembered by the actors of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) who worked tirelessly throughout this intense period marked by many disasters.

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Black Sea water temperatures may buck global trend

15 September 2017

Average surface temperatures of the Black Sea may not have risen, according to the surprising results of a new study from the JRC.

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Arctic sea ice once again shows considerable melting

14 September 2017

This September, the extent of Arctic sea ice shrank to roughly 4.7 million square kilometres, as was determined by researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, the University of Bremen and Universität Hamburg. Though slightly larger than last year, the minimum sea ice extent 2017 is average for the past ten years and far below the numbers from 1979 to 2006. The Northeast Passage was traversable for ships without the need for icebreakers.

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Sentinel-1 satellites observe snow melting processes

14 September 2017

Accurate characterisation of snow melting enables a better understanding of hydrological conditions. The Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites can be used to provide such information in a timely fashion. They help to improve maps that show which areas are susceptible to increased water run-off, therefore contributing to flood risk management.

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Using NASA satellite data to predict Malaria outbreaks

13 September 2017

In the Amazon Rainforest, few animals are as dangerous to humans as mosquitos that transmit malaria. The tropical disease can bring on high fever, headaches and chills and is particularly severe for children and the elderly and can cause complications for pregnant women. In rainforest-covered Peru, the number of malaria cases has spiked. In the past five years, the country has had on average the second highest rate in the South America. In each of the years 2014 and 2015 there were 65,000 reported cases.

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New research suggests tigers can come back from brink of extinction if habitats are preserved

11 September 2017

Satellite analysis reveals tiger habitats more intact than expected; area large enough to double wild tiger population remains.

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Researchers find direct evidence of sea level ‘fingerprints’

06 September 2017

Researchers have reported the first observation of sea level "fingerprints," tell-tale differences in sea level rise around the world in response to changes in continental water and ice sheet mass. The team's findings have been accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

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Italy’s drought seen from space

05 September 2017

Despite the welcome showers at the weekend, abnormally low soil-moisture conditions persist in central Italy. Scientists are using satellite data to monitor the drought that has gripped the country.

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JRC launches new EU-wide crop and weather monitoring e-service

04 September 2017

Web users worldwide can now view weather and crop conditions in near real-time across the whole of the EU, thanks to the JRC MARS Explorer, a pioneering new e-service from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

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NASA scientists seek to improve sea ice predictions

30 August 2017

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is in a downward spiral, with summer minimum extents about 40 percent smaller than in the 1980s. But predicting how the sea ice is going to behave in a particular year is tricky: There are still many unknowns about the conditions of the sea ice cover, to say nothing of the difficulties of forecasting weather and ocean behavior over seasonal timescales.

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DLR provides satellite data for Hurricane Harvey

30 August 2017

In anticipation of the catastrophic hurricane Harvey, the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' was activated early on the evening of 24 August 2017.

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Caspian Sea evaporating as temperatures rise, study finds

29 August 2017

Earth's largest inland body of water has been slowly evaporating for the past two decades due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, a new study finds.

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Creeping earth could hold secret to deadly landslides

23 August 2017

Scientists are investigating why mountain slopes can slip slowly for years and then suddenly speed up, with potentially fatal effects. Using improved sensor technology and help from the latest satellites these slow moving ground motions can be identified and studied.

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New data record extends history of global air pollution

22 August 2017

Researchers extend long-term aerosol records to the past 40 years by combining two existing algorithms to process satellite data over both land and sea.

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On-the-ground measurements overestimate Earth’s albedo

18 August 2017

Weather stations can be used to calibrate and validate albedo measurements from satellites, but they fail to account for variability across landscapes, overestimating how reflective our planet is.

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Sentinel-1 speeds up crop insurance payouts

17 August 2017

For the first time in India, a state government is using satellites to assess lost crops so that farmers can benefit from speedy insurance payouts.

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Harnessing rich satellite data to estimate crop yield

16 August 2017

Satellite data is being harnessed by researchers at the University of Illinois for a more complete picture of cropland and to estimate crop yield in the U.S. Corn Belt.

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Study Finds Drought Recoveries Taking Longer

14 August 2017

A new study with NASA participation finds that land ecosystems took progressively longer to recover from droughts in the 20th century, and incomplete drought recovery may become the new normal in some areas, possibly leading to tree death and increased emissions of greenhouse gases.

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