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Digital Earth Africa: Satellite Data for Better Decisions

06 March 2019

The Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa) program will build the world's largest operational platform for accessing and analyzing decades of satellite imagery specific to Africa's land and seas. DE Africa will translate data from the world's free Earth observation satellites into ready-to-use insights about the continent's environmental conditions. Such insights will enable African governments, NGOs, businesses, and individuals to make more informed decisions about soil and coastal erosion, agriculture, deforestation, desertification, water quality and changes in human settlements.

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Earth observation data offers hope for Africa's wetlands

01 March 2019

Wetlands support millions of people around Africa. They include all areas that are permanently or frequently covered by water, and could be at the edge of a lake or the mouth of a river.

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2015-2016 El Niño triggered disease outbreaks across globe

28 February 2019

The 2015-2016 El Niño event brought weather conditions that triggered regional disease outbreaks throughout the world, according to a new NASA study that is the first to comprehensively assess the public health impacts of the major climate event on a global scale.

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2018's biggest volcanic eruption of sulphur dioxide

28 February 2019

The Manaro Voui volcano on the island of Ambae in the nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean made the 2018 record books. A NASA-NOAA satellite confirmed Manaro Voui had the largest eruption of sulphur dioxide that year.

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Maxar Technologies' MDA Aids Preservation of Indonesian Rainforest with its RADARSAT-2-Powered Forest Alert Service

26 February 2019

MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), today announced that its Forest Alert Service (FAS) space-based capabilities have enabled Asia Pulp & Paper's (APP) pulpwood suppliers to more strategically monitor forest cover loss in conservation areas and meet their commitment to stakeholders that conservation forest areas were not cleared in connection with the production of their products.

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Airbus turns imagery into insight with The OneAtlas Platform

22 February 2019

Airbus Defence and Space has released a brand new version of The OneAtlas Platform, its unique collaborative environment to easily access premium imagery, perform large-scale image processing, extract industry-specific insights and benefit from Airbus assets for solution development.

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Post Matthew Damage Assessment and Monitoring of Recovery Activities and rural areas in the South Region of Haiti

21 February 2019

On 4 October 2016, the Category 4 Hurricane Matthew ravaged the southern region of Haiti causing widespread damage with wind speeds as high as 230 km/h and torrential rain. In some areas it was reported that more than 95% of buildings as well as trees and agriculture were almost completely destroyed.

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New NASA Book Shares Beauty of Earth from Space

20 February 2019

Swirling white clouds, deep blue oceans and multicolored landscapes bring to life the pages of NASA's new 168-page book "Earth," a collection of dramatic images captured by Earth-observing satellites. The book is available now in hardcover and ebook, and online with interactive features.

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January 2019 was third warmest on record for the globe

19 February 2019

The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January 2019 tied with 2007 as the third highest for the month of January in the NOAA global temperature record, which dates back to 1880.

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Tiny satellites reveal water dynamics in thousands of northern lakes

15 February 2019

In a finding that has implications for how scientists calculate natural greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds that water levels in small lakes across northern Canada and Alaska vary during the summer much more than was assumed.

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Satellite images reveal interconnected plumbing system that caused Bali volcano to erupt

14 February 2019

A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has used satellite technology provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) to uncover why the Agung volcano in Bali erupted in November 2017 after 50 years of dormancy.

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Human Activity in China and India Dominates the Greening of Earth, NASA Study Shows

11 February 2019

The world is literally a greener place than it was 20 years ago, and data from NASA satellites has revealed a counterintuitive source for much of this new foliage: China and India. A new study shows that the two emerging countries with the world's biggest populations are leading the increase in greening on land. The effect stems mainly from ambitious tree planting programs in China and intensive agriculture in both countries.

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NASA Finds Possible Second Impact Crater Under Greenland Ice

11 February 2019

A NASA glaciologist has discovered a possible second impact crater buried under more than a mile of ice in northwest Greenland.

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Eye in the sky – using satellites to better manage natural resources

08 February 2019

Looking up towards the stars at night, the sky can give the impression of being empty and infinite. In reality, space is getting more and more crowded every day.

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Copernicus Sentinel-2 helps preserve wild herbivores’ habitat in the Alps

07 February 2019

Located in the western Alps, between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont regions, the Gran Paradiso National Park is home to the original surviving Alpine ibex, chamois, mountain hares, weasels, marmots, foxes and many bird species, such as white ptarmigans and eagles—monitoring its grasslands with satellite data is helping to preserve them.

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2018 fourth warmest year in continued warming trend, according to NASA, NOAA

06 February 2019

Earth's global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Soil Moisture Data Sets Become Fertile Ground for Applications

04 February 2019

An integrated data platform harmonizes many disparate soil moisture data sets to better inform disaster response planners, climate scientists and meteorologists, farmers, and others.

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Climate change: Blue planet will get even bluer as Earth warms

04 February 2019

Rising temperatures will change the colour of the world's oceans, making them more blue in the coming decades say scientists.

They found that increased heat will change the mixture of phytoplankton or tiny marine organisms in the seas, which absorb and reflect light.

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Huge Cavity in Antarctic Glacier Signals Rapid Decay

30 January 2019

A gigantic cavity — two-thirds the area of Manhattan and almost 1,000 feet (300 meters) tall — growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is one of several disturbing discoveries reported in a new NASA-led study of the disintegrating glacier. The findings highlight the need for detailed observations of Antarctic glaciers' undersides in calculating how fast global sea levels will rise in response to climate change.

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Copernicus Sentinel-2 supports forestry in Finland

29 January 2019

During 2016, two Finnish friends, Joni Norppa and Lauri Häme founded the company Satellio Ltd and received funding from the Finnish government for a project to monitor forestry by utilising satellite images. Over the last few years, they became experts in handling satellite data very efficiently.

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