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Watch how air pollution moves across Europe

14 January 2019

This is what pollution looks like on a European scale - the animation shows the concentration and movement through the atmosphere of nitrogen dioxide.

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SIAP joins Rezatec on COMPASS project to benefit Mexican farmers

14 January 2019

Mexico: SIAP, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food – part of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA) – has signed a declaration of intent with the UK Space Agency to provide historic, statistical and satellite data to support Rezatec's development of a crop yield optimisation tool for Mexican farmers and other supply chain stakeholders.

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The Copernicus EMS Monitors the Effects of Volcanic Eruption and Tsunami in Indonesia

08 January 2019

On 22 December the Anak Krakatau volcano, located about 50 km West of Java, in the Sunda Strait of Indonesia, erupted and partially collapsed. The volcano was reduced from 338 m to the 110 m of height, according to the Indonesia's Center of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation press release. The undersea landslide caused by the eruption triggered a tsunami which hit the coastal areas around the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands of Indonesia. As of 28 December, the National Disaster Management Agency reported 426 casualties, over 7,000 people injured and over 40,000 people displaced.

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Evaluating the Efficiency of Data Assimilation

07 January 2019

Information is lost when researchers combine statistical models and remote sensing data, but just how much is often unclear. A new study offers a framework to measure the inefficiency.

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North American Bird Maps Enter the Space Age

19 December 2018

Birders, researchers and the general public now have a new way to monitor 107 bird species across North America in unprecedented detail, thanks to a collaboration between NASA and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York.

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Drones and satellite imaging to make forest protection pay

13 December 2018

Every year 7 million hectares of forest are cut down, chipping away at the 485 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) stored in trees around the world, but low-cost drones and new satellite imaging could soon protect these carbon stocks and help developing countries get paid for protecting their trees.

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Snow over Antarctica Buffered Sea Level Rise during Last Century

13 December 2018

A new NASA-led study has determined that an increase in snowfall accumulation over Antarctica during the 20th century mitigated sea level rise by 0.4 inches. However, Antarctica's additional ice mass gained from snowfall makes up for just about a third of its current ice loss.

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Climate change is 'shrinking winter'

12 December 2018

Snowy mountain winters are being "squeezed" by climate change, according to scientists in California.

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Space Views of Penguin ‘Poo’ Yield Insights

11 December 2018

Using satellite observations of Antarctica to search for penguin guano (poo) may not sound like the most exciting research, but it's providing scientists with unique insights on the Adélie penguin's diet and the effect that changes in that diet might have on the Adélie's future.

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Coastlines are being eroded twice as fast as they are being replaced

10 December 2018

A JRC article published in Nature Scientific Reports finds an increasing trend of erosion along the world's coastlines, with twice as much land lost than what was replaced over the past three decades.

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Slow flow for glaciers thinning in Asia

10 December 2018

Providing water for drinking, irrigation and power, glaciers in the world's highest mountains are a lifeline for more than a billion people. As climate change takes a grip and glaciers lose mass, one might think that, lubricated by more meltwater, they flow more quickly. However, satellite images from over the last 30 years show that it isn't as simple as that.

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More glaciers in Antarctica are waking up

10 December 2018

East Antarctica has the potential to reshape coastlines around the world through sea level rise, but scientists have long considered it more stable than its neighbour, West Antarctica.

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Another El Nino on the horizon?

07 December 2018

The jury is still out as to whether climate change will lead to stronger El Niño events, but while representatives from around 200 countries at the COP24 conference are working to breathe life into the 2105 Paris Agreement, there is a 75–80% chance that a fully-fledged event could be with us in the next couple of months.

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Greenhouse Gas ‘Detergent’ Recycles Itself in Atmosphere: NASA Study

30 November 2018

A simple molecule in the atmosphere that acts as a "detergent" to breakdown methane and other greenhouse gases has been found to recycle itself to maintain a steady global presence in the face of rising emissions, according to new NASA research. Understanding its role in the atmosphere is critical for determining the lifetime of methane, a powerful contributor to climate change.

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Tackling drought issues for food security

29 November 2018

This summer's drought is a harsh reminder of how unusual weather can cause havoc for farmers – even in a rich part of the world like Western Europe. While there is a wealth of satellite data available to help predict the risk of drought, it can be daunting for a non-expert to handle. ESA's Food Security Thematic Exploitation Platform makes this task much easier.

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Destructive 2018 Atlantic hurricane season draws to an end

28 November 2018

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially concludes on 30 November, and will be remembered most for hurricanes Florence and Michael, which caused significant damage in the southeastern U.S. In total, the season produced 15 named storms, including eight hurricanes of which two were "major" (Category 3, 4 or 5). An average season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.

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Copernicus improving daily lives in 99 stories

23 November 2018

With seven Copernicus Sentinel satellites in orbit delivering an almost unimaginable amount of freely-available data about our planet, the potential of tapping into this incredible resource to better the lives of citizens is almost limitless. A new publication that collects 99 stories from European public authorities highlights how we are all benefiting from Copernicus.

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Climate analysis toolbox updated

22 November 2018

An update to ESA's climate analysis toolbox that combines information collected from numerous satellite missions is now available, and can supercharge climate-change research studies for scientists and degree-level students.

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October 2018 was 2nd hottest on record for the globe

20 November 2018

Warmth tipped the scales again last month, making it not only the 2nd hottest October on record, but also the 4th hottest year to date for the globe, according to a fresh analysis by scientists at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information.

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NASA mobilises to aid California fires response

20 November 2018

For the past two weeks NASA scientists and satellite data analysts have been working every day producing maps and damage assessments that can be used by disaster managers battling the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in Northern California. The agency-wide effort also deployed a research aircraft over the Woolsey Fire on 15 November to identify burned areas at risk of mudslides in advance of winter rains expected in the area.

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