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For forests, an earlier spring than ever

05 June 2014

Every spring, as the weather warms, trees in forests up and down the east coast explode in a bright green display of life as leaves fill their branches, and every fall, those same leaves provide one of nature's great colour displays of vivid yellow, orange and red.

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Space up your app with satellite data

05 June 2014

Calling all app developers: register today for the opportunity to spend a week at ESA developing news ideas and concepts for mobile apps using satellite Earth observation data.

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Thermal monitoring of volcanic activity from space

03 June 2014

Data from the Meteosat satellite has been used to measure the temperature of lava at a remote volcano in Africa.

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Space for nature

29 May 2014

Information from Earth-observing satellites is being used to protect and sustainably manage our natural resources.

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NASA widens 2014 hurricane research mission

29 May 2014

During this year's Atlantic hurricane season, NASA is redoubling its efforts to probe the inner workings of hurricanes and tropical storms with two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft flying over storms and two new space-based missions.

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Sentinel-1 aids Balkan flood relief

28 May 2014

Although not yet operational, the new Sentinel-1A satellite has provided radar data for mapping the floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Seafloor experts publish new view of zone where Malaysia Airlines flight 370 might lie

27 May 2014

A new illustration of the seafloor, created by two of the world's leading ocean floor mapping experts that details underwater terrain where the missing Malaysia Airlines flight might be located, could shed additional light on what type of underwater vehicles might be used to find the missing airplane and where any debris from the crash might lie.

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Earth's magnetic field is important for climate change at high altitudes

23 May 2014

New research has provided scientists with greater insight into the climatic changes happening in the upper atmosphere. Scientists found that changes in the Earth's magnetic field are more relevant for climatic changes in the upper atmosphere (about 100-500 km above the surface) than previously thought.

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Unclouding our view of future climate

21 May 2014

A NASA-led study may help narrow the range of climate models' global temperatures forecasts. It finds models that best match today's satellite records.

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Hidden Greenland canyons mean more sea level rise

19 May 2014

Scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine (UCI), have found that canyons under Greenland's ocean-feeding glaciers are deeper and longer than previously thought, increasing the amount of Greenland's estimated contribution to future sea level rise.

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Mini-satellites send high-definition views of Earth

16 May 2014

Imagine being able to monitor deforestation tree by tree - and act accordingly. Or, as a farmer, remotely monitoring the health and yield of crops on a daily basis over huge swathes of land.

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NASA-UCI study indicates loss of West Antarctic glaciers appears unstoppable

12 May 2014

A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

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Sentinel-1 aids response to Namibia flood

09 May 2014

While Sentinel-1A is clearly demonstrating its versatility for monitoring many aspects of Earth, it has already been used for practical purposes. One of the satellite's first images was crucial in helping Namibian authorities decide how to respond to a serious flood.

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NASA uses GPS to find Sierra water weight

08 May 2014

For the first time, NASA scientists have used GPS to find the total weight of winter snowpack and soil moisture in California's Sierra Nevada. The new results complement other satellite measurements and could provide a reality check for computer models used to estimate the state's water and snowpack.

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Satellite analysis reveals massive size of Afghan landslide

08 May 2014

Heavy rains that begun in April in northern Afghanistan have caused flooding and one catastrophic landslide that killed an unknown number of people. Additional flash floods and landslides continue to affect tens of thousands of people in many parts of the northern region while forecasts indicate more bad weather is to be expected.

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International team maps nearly 200,000 glaciers in quest of sea-level rise estimates

06 May 2014

An international team led by glaciologists from the University of Colorado Boulder and Trent University in Ontario, Canada has completed the first mapping of virtually all of the world's glaciers -- including their locations and sizes -- allowing for calculations of their volumes and ongoing contributions to global sea rise as the world warms.

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Hot and dry - but why?

05 May 2014

Using satellite data, scientists are improving their understanding of the relationship between droughts and heatwaves in order to forecast hot spells better in the future.

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CWI in European research project precision farming

30 April 2014

Increasingly, remote sensing data is made publicly available by organisations such as ESA and NASA. Based on these data, and in combination with other sources, new valuable applications can be created. In the European research project "Linked Open Earth Observation Data for Precision Farming" (LEO) researchers from the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam and the University of Athens join their forces with industry partners to develop an application for precision farming.

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NASA puzzles out ozone's ups and downs

25 April 2014

New NASA research on natural ozone cycles suggests ozone levels in the lowest part of Earth's atmosphere probably won't be affected much by projected future strengthening of the circulating winds that transport ozone between Earth's two lowest atmospheric layers.

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NASA satellites show drought may take toll on Congo rainforest

23 April 2014

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

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