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ESA and the Vatican join forces to save data in the digital age

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 15:30

At a ceremony held in Vatican City today, ESA and the Vatican Apostolic Library have agreed to continue their years-long cooperation on the preservation, management and exploitation of archived information.

Pío XI

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 10:35

Earth observation image of the week: Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins National Park and the Pío XI Glacier, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Sentinel satellites reveal east–west shift in Italian quake

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 16:35

New information on the effects of the 30 October earthquake that struck central Italy continues to emerge as scientists analyse radar scans from satellites.

Italy on the move

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 12:03

Scientists are analysing Sentinel-1 radar images from before and after the 30 October earthquake that struck central Italy to reveal just how much the ground has shifted

Swarm reveals why satellites lose track

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 13:29

Satellite engineers have been puzzling over why GPS navigation systems on low-orbiting satellites like ESA’s Swarm sometimes black out when they fly over the equator between Africa and South America. Thanks to Swarm, it appears ‘thunderstorms’ in the ionosphere are to blame.

Keep an automatic eye on seismic zones

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 11:01

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 twin radar satellites combined with cloud computing are monitoring Europe’s earthquake zones by searching for ground shifts as small as a millimetre. 

Putorana Plateau

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 00:00

Earth observation image of the week: the snowy landscape of the Putorana Plateau in Siberia, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Earth from Space

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 14:20

Join us Friday, 28 October, at 10:00 CEST for the ‘Earth from Space’ video programme. The flat-topped mountains of Russia’s Putoransky State Nature Reserve are featured in this week’s edition

Sentinel Hub wins Copernicus Masters prize

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:53

A cloud-based web service that allows non-expert users to browse, process and distribute large amounts of Earth observation data takes home this year’s Copernicus Masters grand prize.

Fish farms guided by Sentinels and the cloud

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 15:41

A new service harnesses three decades of satellite observations of coastal zones made available through a cloud-based system to provide a rich information source for fisheries, one of our fastest growing sources of food.


Fri, 10/21/2016 - 10:05

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-2 false-colour image of Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, and part of the Himalayan foothills

Earth’s most active volcanoes on satellite watch

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 15:15

As hundreds flee lava and ash spewed from Mexico’s Colima volcano, its continuing eruption is being tracked not only by ground instruments but also from space. Starting last month, Colima is one of 22 active volcanoes worldwide being monitored by satellites.

Sentinel-3A Earth colour data released

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:50

Today, the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite has taken another step towards being fully ‘operational’ as the first data from its Ocean and Land Colour Instrument are made available to monitor the health of our planet.

SMOS on speed

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 13:00

While ESA’s water mission was built to advance our understanding of Earth, it continues to show how well it’s suited to delivering information for numerous applications that improve everyday life. Taking this a step further, soil moisture data products are now available within three hours of measurement, which is essential for many applications.

The way ahead

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 14:15

After his first 100 days as Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher joins the Earth from Space video programme to discuss the future of Earth observation in ESA

Eye of the storm

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 16:35

This image, from the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite, shows the temperature at the top of Hurricane Matthew as it approached the US this morning

What are TEPs?

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:00

Discover the Thematic Exploitation Platforms – or TEPs – which provide a virtual work environment to exploit complex satellite data

Business in the ever-changing digital world

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 15:15

In an era of profound digital transformation, business leaders and IT experts are convening at ESA’s mission control in Darmstadt, Germany, today for the first SAP Digital Leaders’ Summit.

Sustainable cities

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 14:00

Four climate change and urban development experts join the show to discuss how satellite data can be used to promote sustainable cities

Magnetic oceans and electric Earth

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 18:30

Oceans might not be thought of as magnetic, but they make a tiny contribution to our planet’s protective magnetic shield. Remarkably, ESA’s Swarm satellites have not only measured this extremely faint field, but have also led to new discoveries about the electrical nature of inner Earth.