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Sentinel-2 data being used to support and advise potato farmers in Belgium

29 August 2019

Through a series of case studies, EARSC (the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies) aims to gather quantitative evidence that the usage of Copernicus Sentinel data provides an effective and convenient support to various market applications. These studies are undertaken in the framework of the project "Showcasing the benefits brought by the usage of Sentinels data to society, environment and economy: a bottom-up assessment based on traceable impacts along selected value chains".

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Landsat Illustrates Five Decades of Change to Greenland Glaciers

28 August 2019

Ice fronts have retreated, rocky peaks are more exposed, fewer icebergs drift to the ocean: the branching network of glaciers that empty into Greenland's Sermilik Fjord has changed significantly in the last half century. Comparing Landsat images from 1972 and 2019, those changes and more come into view.

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NASA Data Strengthens U.S. Air Quality Warnings

27 August 2019

Daily U.S. air quality forecasts for particulate matter could potentially be more accurate as the result of incorporating NASA's Earth-observing satellite data, according to a recent study.

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Fires ravage the Amazon

27 August 2019

Thousands of fires have broken out in the Amazon rainforest. Satellite data show that there are almost four times as many fires this year compared to the same period last year. Apart from Brazil, parts of Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina have also been affected.

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NASA Helps California Get Ahead of Coastal Flooding

23 August 2019

NASA in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey is helping emergency planners in Southern California get a more complete picture of the increasing risk of coastal flooding by looking at the highest of tides —"king tides."

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The Amazon in Brazil is on fire - how bad is it?

23 August 2019

Thousands of fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest in Brazil - the most intense blazes for almost a decade.

The northern states of Roraima, Acre, Rondônia and Amazonas have been particularly badly affected.

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Dengue fever forecasting system makes use of Earth observation data

20 August 2019

Dengue fever is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes. "Today the disease is endemic in 141 countries, affecting 390 million people and with a global annual cost estimated at almost US$9 billion. Since 2000, there has been an increase of over 100% in the number of cases of dengue fever in Vietnam, and there is currently no system for forecasting future dengue outbreaks." according to a Space for Development article.

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New study offers roadmap for detecting changes in the ocean due to climate change

19 August 2019

Sea temperature and ocean acidification have climbed during the last three decades to levels beyond what is expected due to natural variation alone, a new study led by Princeton researchers finds.

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How digital revolution in farming systems can boost productivity

19 August 2019

Adopting precision farming techniques could be a paradigm shift in farmer's perception from production to productivity and to profitability.

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Investing in Science to Improve Climate Risk Management

16 August 2019

Integrating Earth science research and observations into adaptation planning helps identify effective strategies to manage climate risks.

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NASA Studies How Arctic Wildfires Change the World

13 August 2019

Wildfires in the Arctic often burn far away from populated areas, but their impacts are felt around the globe. From field and laboratory work to airborne campaigns and satellites, NASA is studying why boreal forests and tundra fires have become more frequent and powerful and what that means for climate forecasting, ecosystems and human health.

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First evidence of human-caused climate change melting the West Antarctic ice sheet

12 August 2019

A new study published this week reveals the first evidence of a direct link between human-induced global warming and melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. UK-US researchers say that curbing greenhouse gas emissions now could reduce the future sea-level contribution from this region.

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Arctic sea-ice loss has ‘minimal influence’ on severe cold winter weather

12 August 2019

The dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice through climate change has only a "minimal influence" on severe cold winter weather across Asia and North America, new research has shown.

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International climate report confirms 2018 was 4th warmest year on record for planet

12 August 2019

A new State of the Climate report confirmed that 2018 was the fourth warmest year in records dating to the mid-1800s.

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July breaks global heat record, on scorching European weather

05 August 2019

July 2019 was the warmest month across the globe ever recorded, according to data released Monday by the European Union's satellite-based Earth observation network.

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NASA Targets Coastal Ecosystems with New Space Sensor

01 August 2019

NASA has selected a space-based instrument under its Earth Venture Instrument (EVI) portfolio that will make observations of coastal waters to help protect ecosystem sustainability, improve resource management, and enhance economic activity.

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Washed up: Sargassum blankets beaches

30 July 2019

Over the last month, massive quantities of the Sargassum seaweed have been washing up on the shores of Mexico, Florida in the US and some Caribbean islands, creating a serious environmental problem and causing havoc for the tourist industry. ESA has been tracking this slimy infestation.

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NASA Tracks Wildfires From Above to aid Firefighters Below

29 July 2019

Every evening from late spring to early fall, two planes lift off from airports in the western United States and fly through the sunset, each headed for an active wildfire, and then another, and another. From 10,000 feet above ground, the pilots can spot the glow of a fire, and occasionally the smoke enters the cabin, burning the eyes and throat.

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Copernicus Sentinel-2 helps to identify groundwater dependent ecosystems

25 July 2019

The identification and location of groundwater‐dependent ecosystems are the first move in protecting and managing them. Such identifications are challenging where the surface signs of groundwater are not obvious. Copernicus Sentinel-2 data are lending a hand in establishing these ecosystems.

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Expanding our knowledge of Arctic Ocean bathymetry

24 July 2019

Our knowledge of the depth and shape of the Arctic Ocean floor – its bathymetry – is insufficient. Owing to year-round sea-ice coverage and the cost of research in this remote region, much of the Arctic Ocean's bathymetry has remained a mystery, until now.

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