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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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Dive into a 360-view of Hurricane Maria

04 October 2018

Two days before Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the NASA/JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite captured a 3D view of the 2017 storm. At the time Maria was a category 1 hurricane. The 3-D view reveals the processes inside the hurricane that would fuel the storm's intensification to a category 5 storm within 24 hours.

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Arctic sea ice at minimum extent for 2018

27 September 2018

Arctic sea ice has likely reached its minimum extent for the year, at 4.59 million square kilometers (1.77 million square miles) on 19 and 23 September, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder. The 2018 minimum ties with 2008 and 2010 as the sixth lowest in the nearly 40-year satellite record. 23 September is the latest day in the year the Arctic sea minimum has occurred in the satellite record—observed this year and in 1997.

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Project will use satellite imagery to help tackle fuel poverty and carbon emissions in UK

24 September 2018

Satellite data will be used in a UK project to pinpoint areas where energy efficiency measures are most needed in order to combat fuel poverty and carbon emissions.

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High tech system promotes wildlife around Devon and Cornwall roads

18 September 2018

Images from space and computer wizardry help Highways England develop a ground breaking approach.

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Copernicus Sentinel maps Florence hurricane flood

15 September 2018

Making landfall in the US state of North Carolina on 14 September, Hurricane Florence is causing widespread damage and flooding. The Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar mission is being used to map affected areas.

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Copernicus Sentinel-1 helps monitor oil industry activity

14 September 2018

An innovative data analytics company in France is using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites to help track crude oil storage worldwide, bringing transparency to the energy markets.

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Wildfire burn scars mapped by satellites

13 September 2018

At the end of August 2018, some 540 active fires were in progress in British Columbia. More than 2,000 wildfires have burned over 1.3 million hectares of land in the province this year only the second worst season in history after 2017.

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'Internet of animals' spreads its wings

10 September 2018

The French satellite system ARGOS that for 30 years has been used to track animals across the globe is getting a major overhaul and expansion.

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