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Sentinel satellites observe lignite mine landslide

23 June 2017

Identifying landslides rapidly and precisely enables a better understanding of landslide triggering conditions. The Copernicus Sentinel-1 and -2 missions can be used to provide such information in a timely fashion, and this can help improve maps that show which areas are susceptible to landslides, therefore contributing to risk management.

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Satellite data to help map endangered monkey populations on Earth

22 June 2017

Universities of Leicester and East Anglia lead research to identify biodiversity through satellite data.

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Scientists solve mystery of unexplained "bright nights"

21 June 2017

Dating back to the first century, scientists, philosophers and reporters have noted the occasional occurrence of "bright nights," when an unexplained glow in the night sky lets observers see distant mountains, read a newspaper or check their watch.

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Bangladesh's heavy rainfall examined with NASA’s IMERG

16 June 2017

At least 156 people in Bangladesh were killed during the past week by landslides and floods caused by heavy rainfall. NASA calculated the amount of rain that has fallen using data from satellites.

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Satellites forewarn of locust plagues

13 June 2017

Satellites are helping to predict favourable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security.

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NASA data suggest future may be rainier than expected

09 June 2017

A new study suggests that most global climate models may underestimate the amount of rain that will fall in Earth's tropical regions as our planet continues to warm.

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How "whistling" plasma waves shape Earth's radiation belts

02 June 2017

The Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth shrink and swell due to plasma waves moving through them, an analysis of satellite data suggests.

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New light on the future of a key Antarctic glacier

31 May 2017

Study Shows Thwaites Glacier's Ice Loss May Not Progress as Quickly as Thought.

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2015-2016 El Nino provided ‘natural experiment’ on the effects of warming seas

31 May 2017

A marked increase in central Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures during the strong 2015-2016 El Niño lofted abnormal amounts of cloud ice and water vapor unusually high up into the atmosphere, creating conditions similar to what could happen on a larger scale in a warming world.

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Antarctic ice crack takes major turn

31 May 2017

There has been an important development in the big crack cutting across the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

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Sentinels bring solutions to pipeline monitoring

25 May 2017

How can pipeline operators monitor hundreds to thousands of kilometres of pipeline in a fast and cost-effective way?

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Bringing satellite data to farmers

24 May 2017

ESA and BayWa AG are joining forces in an effort to advance the use of satellite data in farming.

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Scientists look to skies to improve tsunami detection

17 May 2017

A team of scientists from Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has developed a new approach to assist in the ongoing development of timely tsunami detection systems, based upon measurements of how tsunamis disturb a part of Earth's atmosphere.

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NASA’s Van Allen Probes spot man-made barrier shrouding Earth

17 May 2017

Humans have long been shaping Earth's landscape, but now scientists know we can shape our near-space environment as well. A certain type of communications — very low frequency, or VLF, radio communications — have been found to interact with particles in space, affecting how and where they move. At times, these interactions can create a barrier around Earth against natural high energy particle radiation in space. These results, part of a comprehensive paper on human-induced space weather, were recently published in Space Science Reviews.

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Ice particles in Earth’s atmosphere create bright flashes seen from space

15 May 2017

One million miles from Earth, a NASA camera is capturing unexpected flashes of light reflecting off our planet.

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Protecting Queensland’s natural resources with satellite imagery

15 May 2017

Queensland is home to nearly 5 million citizens and some of the earth's most delicate ecosystems. At 1.8 million square kilometers, the region contains rare earth resources, unique biodiversity and sensitive coastlines neighboring the Great Barrier Reef.

Protecting this vast natural landscape is the challenge of Queensland's Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) to manage. To complement field practices, the DNRM turned to satellite imagery to monitor regions of the state.

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Forests play important part in cooling down local climate

13 May 2017

A new study shows how important forests are in keeping much of the planet's surface cool.

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Negribreen on the move

12 May 2017

Rapid acceleration of an Arctic glacier over the past year has been detected by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites.

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Glaciers rapidly shrinking and disappearing: 50 years of glacier change in Montana

10 May 2017

The warming climate has dramatically reduced the size of 39 glaciers in Montana since 1966, some by as much as 85 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Geological Survey and Portland State University.

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Satellite images reveal gaps in global population data

09 May 2017

Nigerian health officials won't have to rely on flawed, decade-old census data when they plan deliveries of the measles vaccine next year. Instead, they will have access to what may be the most detailed and up-to-date population map ever produced for a developing country. 

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