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Iceberg on collision course with South Georgia

11.12.2020 12:00   Video: 00:02:06

The giant A-68A iceberg could strike land this month – wreaking havoc near the waters of the South Georgia Island.

Since its ‘birth’ in 2017, the iceberg has travelled thousands of kilometres from the Larsen C ice shelf, in Antarctica, and now lies around 120 km from South Georgia. If it remains on its current path, the iceberg could ground in the shallow waters offshore – threatening wildlife, including penguins and seals.

Satellite missions are being used to track the berg on its journey over the past three years. The Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar mission, with its ability to see through clouds and the dark, has been instrumental in mapping the polar regions in winter.

 

Video credits:

Animation: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017-18), processed by Swansea University-A. Luckman

Radar images: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2020), processed by ESA,  CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

A-68A map: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2020), processed by ESA; Antarctic Iceberg Tracking Database

Sentinel-1 animations: ESA/ATG Medialab

Penguins footage: Getty

Kyiv, Ukraine

11.12.2020 10:00   The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Kyiv – the capital and most populous city of Ukraine. Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Kyiv – the capital and most populous city of Ukraine.

Earth from Space: Kyiv

11.12.2020 10:00   Video: 00:03:17

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Kyiv – the capital and most populous city of Ukraine.
See also Kyiv, Ukraine to download the image.

Reef Support wins Copernicus Masters top prize

10.12.2020 15:25   Great Barrier Reef

Reef Support won this year’s Copernicus Masters competition, and were honoured during the online Space Awards on 8 December as part of the European Space Week 2020. The innovative idea uses Copernicus Sentinel data and artificial intelligence to detect coral bleaching, algal blooms, sediment plumes and human debris.

Sea-level monitoring satellite first results surpass expectations

10.12.2020 10:08   First sea-level height results from Copernicus Sentinel-6

Launched less than three weeks ago, the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite has not only returned its first data, but results also show that it is functioning far better than expected. Thanks to its new, sophisticated, altimetry technology, Sentinel-6 is poised to deliver exceptionally precise data on sea-level height to monitor the worrying trend of sea-level rise.

Places in Antarctica named in honour of ice scientists

9.12.2020 12:04   Antarctic landscape

Celebrating 200 years since the discovery of the Antarctic continent, the UK Committee for Antarctic Place-Names has named 28 mountains, glaciers and bays after modern-day scientists who have advanced our understanding of this remote continent. Four of the names on the list have strong links to ESA, having either worked on the development of polar-orbiting altimetry missions such as ERS-1, ERS-2, Envisat and CryoSat, or subsequently by using their data together with other satellite missions for key polar research projects.

Monitoring European air traffic with Earth observation

7.12.2020 13:05   Airplane

In early 2020, ESA launched a contest asking the general public to submit ideas on how Earth observation data can help monitor the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, one of the winning ideas has been integrated into the ‘Rapid Action on COVID-19 with Earth observation’ dashboard – a joint initiative from ESA and the European Commission. This new idea focuses on monitoring air traffic in Europe using imagery from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

4.12.2020 10:00   The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Banks Peninsula on the South Island of New Zealand. Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Banks Peninsula on the South Island of New Zealand.

Earth from Space: Banks Peninsula

4.12.2020 10:00   Video: 00:03:16

This week's edition of the Earth from Space programme features a Copernicus Sentinel-2 image of the Banks Peninsula on the South Island of New Zealand.
See also Banks Peninsula, New Zealand to download the image.

Contract signed for new Copernicus ROSE-L mission

3.12.2020 18:15   ROSE-L

ESA and Thales Alenia Space have today signed a contract to develop the new high-priority Copernicus Radar Observation System for Europe in L-band (ROSE-L) environmental monitoring mission – as part of Europe’s Copernicus programme. The contract was signed in the presence of Riccardo Fraccaro, Undersecretary of the Italian Prime Minister’s Office, and ESA’s Director General, Jan Wörner.

ESA paves the way for first Earth observation Scout mission

3.12.2020 11:30   ESP-MACCS

As part of its approach of embracing the concept of New Space through the FutureEO programme, ESA has selected one of four proposals as the first ‘Scout’ mission. This decision paves the way to starting negotiations with GomSpace in Denmark who will lead industrial consortium for the development of a small-satellite mission called Earth System Processes Monitored in the Atmosphere by a Constellation of CubeSats, or EPS–MACCS for short.

Copernicus satellites keep eyes on icebergs for Vendée Globe

2.12.2020 16:00   Start of Vendée Globe 2020

On 8 November, 33 intrepid sailors set off from Les Sables-D’Olonne in western France to take part in the most extreme, solo, non-stop, race around the world: the Vendée Globe. The route of around 45 000 km takes them down through the Atlantic and into the heart of the Southern Ocean – which is where they are heading now. Thanks to information from satellites, an ice exclusion zone has been established to help keep sailors away from icebergs. For extra safety, satellite images and data are being used to map any ice around Antarctica before the sailors pass through.

Copernicus satellites keep eyes on icebergs for Vendée Globe

2.12.2020 16:00   Start of Vendée Globe 2020

On 8 November, 33 intrepid sailors set off from Les Sables-D’Olonne in western France to take part in the most extreme, solo, non-stop, race around the world: the Vendée Globe. The route of around 45 000 km takes them down through the Atlantic and into the heart of the Southern Ocean – which is where they are heading now. Thanks to information from satellites, an ice exclusion zone has been established to help keep sailors away from icebergs. For extra safety, satellite images and data are being used to map any ice around Antarctica before the sailors pass through.

A-68A on the move

1.12.2020 17:00   All eyes remain on the giant A-68A iceberg on its journey across the Southern Ocean. This image shows A-68A’s movements over the past 15 days using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3 missions. Image: All eyes remain on the giant A-68A iceberg on its journey across the Southern Ocean. This image shows A-68A’s movements over the past 15 days using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3 missions.

Earth from Space: Kiruna

27.11.2020 10:00   Video: 00:03:27

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden.
See also Kiruna, Sweden to download the image.

Kiruna, Sweden

27.11.2020 10:00   Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden, is featured in this snowy image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. Image: Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden, is featured in this snowy image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

Iceberg A-68A: hit or miss?

26.11.2020 17:00   An enormous iceberg, called A-68A, has made headlines over the past weeks as it drifts towards South Georgia in the Southern Ocean. New images show the berg is rotating and potentially drifting westwards. Image: An enormous iceberg, called A-68A, has made headlines over the past weeks as it drifts towards South Georgia in the Southern Ocean. New images show the berg is rotating and potentially drifting westwards.

Iceberg A-68A: hit or miss?

26.11.2020 17:00   An enormous iceberg, called A-68A, has made headlines over the past weeks as it drifts towards South Georgia in the Southern Ocean. New images show the berg is rotating and potentially drifting westwards. Image: An enormous iceberg, called A-68A, has made headlines over the past weeks as it drifts towards South Georgia in the Southern Ocean. New images show the berg is rotating and potentially drifting westwards.

Over to you, Eumetsat!

24.11.2020 15:27   Ice lost from ice sheets contributes to sea-level rise

It was a spectacular launch on 21 November, as the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite was lifted into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. After taking care of the Earth observation spacecraft during the critical early days and making it at home in its new environment, ESA is ready to hand over control to Eumetsat.

Highlights from the Sentinel-6 launch

23.11.2020 17:30   Video: 00:01:20

Relive key moments of the launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite. The spacecraft lifted off on 21 November on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, US.

The satellite will continue the long-term record of reference measurements, extending the record of sea-level height into a fourth decade. Orbiting at an altitude of over 1300 km and reaching 66°N and 66°S, Sentinel-6 provides measurements to map the height of the sea surface over 95% of the world’s ice-free oceans every 10 days.

While Sentinel-6 is one of the European Union’s family of Copernicus missions, its implementation is the result of a unique cooperation between the European Commission ESA, Eumetsat, NASA and NOAA, with contribution from the CNES French space agency.

Read more about the Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission.

Revisit the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launch

21.11.2020 20:30   Video: 00:00:00

Watch the replay of the full Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launch coverage. This new satellite lifted off on 21 November a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, US.

Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich is the first of two identical satellites to provide critical measurements of sea-level change. This latest Copernicus satellite will continue the long-term record of reference measurements, extending the record of sea-level height into a fourth decade. The launch coverage includes the all-important liftoff and acquisition of signal as well as discussions with experts and partners in the mission, as well as data users. The Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission is a true example of international cooperation. While Sentinel-6 is one of the European Union’s family of Copernicus missions, its implementation is the result of the unique collaboration between ESA, NASA, Eumetsat and NOAA, with contribution from the French space agency CNES

New Copernicus satellite to monitor sea-level rise launched

21.11.2020 19:49   The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite lifts off on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, US.

The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite has been launched into orbit around Earth. Using the latest radar altimetry technology, this new satellite is set to provide a new overview of ocean topography and advance the long-term record of sea-surface height measurements that began in 1992 – measurements that are essential for climate science, for policy-making and, ultimately, for protecting the lives of millions at risk of sea-level rise.

New Copernicus satellite to monitor sea-level rise launched

21.11.2020 19:49   Sea-level monitoring satellite lifts off

The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite has been launched into orbit around Earth. Using the latest radar altimetry technology, this new satellite is set to provide a new overview of ocean topography and advance the long-term record of sea-surface height measurements that began in 1992 – measurements that are essential for climate science, for policy-making and, ultimately, for protecting the lives of millions at risk of sea-level rise.

New Copernicus satellite to monitor sea-level rise launched

21.11.2020 19:49   The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite lifts off on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, US.

The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite has been launched into orbit around Earth on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Using the latest radar altimetry technology, this new satellite is set to  provide a new overview of ocean topography and advance the long-term record of sea-surface height measurements that began in 1992 – measurements that are essential for climate science, for policy-making and, ultimately, for protecting the lives of millions at risk of sea-level rise.

Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich liftoff replay

21.11.2020 19:30   Video: 00:02:00

Watch the replay of Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich lifting off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, US, on 21 November 2020. Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich is the first of two identical satellites to provide critical measurements of sea-level change. This latest Copernicus satellite will continue the long-term record of reference measurements, extending the record of sea-level height into a fourth decade. Mapping 95% of Earth’s ice-free ocean every 10 days, it will also provide crucial operational data for ocean forecasting.

The Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission is a true example of international cooperation. While Sentinel-6 is one of the European Union’s family of Copernicus missions, its implementation is the result of the unique collaboration between ESA, NASA, Eumetsat and NOAA, with contribution from the French space agency CNES.

Read more about the Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission.

Copernicus Sentinel-6 lifts off

21.11.2020 18:30   The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite lifts off on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, US. Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite lifts off on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, US.

Copernicus Sentinel-6 lifts off

21.11.2020 18:30   The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite lifts off on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, US. Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite lifts off on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, US.

Sea-level monitoring satellite in position for liftoff

21.11.2020 11:48   Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich poised for liftoff

With liftoff set for today at 17:17 GMT (18:17 CET, 09:17 PST), the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is poised for liftoff – atop a Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US.

Mission control ready for Sentinel liftoff

20.11.2020 11:56   After countless simulations and a dress rehearsal, ESA's flight control team are ready for liftoff Image: After countless simulations and a dress rehearsal, ESA's flight control team are ready for liftoff

Team talk: 10 things about Copernicus Sentinel-6

20.11.2020 11:50   Ice lost from ice sheets contributes to sea-level rise

On Saturday 21 November, the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will launch from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US. Learn more about how the satellite will measure sea-surface height with greater precision than ever before through this series of soundbites from ESA experts and spokespeople.

Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

20.11.2020 10:00   This Copernicus Sentinel-2 image features the Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California, where the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will soon launch from. Image: This Copernicus Sentinel-2 image features the Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California, where the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will soon launch from.

Earth from Space: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

20.11.2020 10:00   Video: 00:03:23

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over the Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California, US, where the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will soon launch from.
See also Vandenberg Air Force Base, California to download the image.

Learn about sea-level rise and Copernicus Sentinel-6

19.11.2020 11:30   Video: 00:03:44

Learn how climate change is causing our seas to rise and how satellites have been measuring the height of the sea surface systematically since 1992. With global sea level now rising fast, Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich picks up the baton as the latest satellite mission to extend the legacy of sea-surface height measurements. Learn how it makes these critical measurements.

Watch live: Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launch

18.11.2020 12:18   Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich over California

Watch the launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean-monitoring satellite on ESA Web TV on Saturday 21 November from 17:45 CET (08:45 PST).

Watch live: Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launch

18.11.2020 12:18   Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich over California

Watch the launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean-monitoring satellite on ESA Web TV on Saturday 21 November from 17:45 CET (08:45 PST).

Vega flight VV17 failure: Arianespace and ESA appoint an independent Inquiry Commission

17.11.2020 18:21  

Press Release N° 23–2020

On Tuesday 17 November, Arianespace announced the loss of the Vega VV17 mission, carrying two payloads: SEOSAT-Ingenio for ESA and TARANIS for the French space agency, CNES.

Watch live: Launch of the next Earth-observing satellite SEOSAT-Ingenio

16.11.2020 13:50   SEOSAT-Ingenio in motion

Update: Trajectory degraded on VV17 after first ignition of the Avum engine. Investigations on the anomaly ongoing. More to come shortly.

Watch the launch of SEOSAT-Ingenio, the Spanish high-resolution land imaging mission, on ESA Web TV on Tuesday 17 November from 02:30 CET (16 November 22:30 local time in Kourou).

Watch live: Launch of the next Earth-observing satellite SEOSAT-Ingenio

16.11.2020 13:50   SEOSAT-Ingenio in motion

Watch the launch of SEOSAT-Ingenio, the Spanish high-resolution land imaging mission, on ESA Web TV on Tuesday 17 November from 02:30 CET (16 November 22:30 local time in Kourou).

Watch live: Launch of the next Earth-observing satellite SEOSAT-Ingenio

16.11.2020 13:50   SEOSAT-Ingenio in motion

Watch the launch of SEOSAT-Ingenio, the Spanish high-resolution land imaging mission, on ESA Web TV on Tuesday 17 November from 02:30 CET (16 November 22:30 local time in Kourou).

Contracts signed for three high-priority environmental missions

13.11.2020 17:30   Contracts signed for three high-priority Copernicus environmental missions

Today, ESA signed contracts with Thales Alenia Space in France and in Italy, and Airbus in Spain to build three of the new high-priority Copernicus satellite missions: CHIME, CIMR and LSTM, respectively. Each mission is set to help address different major environmental challenges such as sustainable agriculture management, food security, the monitoring of polar ice supporting the EU Integrated Policy for the Arctic, and all will be used to understand climate change.

Preparing to fly an Earth-observing genius

13.11.2020 10:37   SEOSAT-Ingenio

Teams at ESA's mission control centre are getting ready to ensure a new Earth observation mission safely begins its life in space. The SEOSAT-Ingenio mission will provide high-resolution images of Earth’s surface, providing crucial data to better understand our environment and for land, water and risk management and security.

Darmstadt, Germany

13.11.2020 10:00   The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Darmstadt – home to ESA’s European Space Operations Centre. Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Darmstadt – home to ESA’s European Space Operations Centre.

Earth from Space: Darmstadt

13.11.2020 10:00   Video: 00:03:56

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Darmstadt, Germany, home to ESA’s European Space Operations Centre,  
See also Darmstadt, Germany to download the image.

SEOSAT-Ingenio hoisted into launch tower

13.11.2020 9:05   SEOSAT-Ingenio being hoisted into the Vega launch tower

Ahead of its liftoff, scheduled for on Tuesday 17 November 2020 at 02:52 CET (16 November 22:52 local time in Kourou), the SEOSAT-Ingenio satellite sealed in the rocket fairing has been hoisted into the Vega launch tower at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

SEOSAT-Ingenio hoisted into launch tower

13.11.2020 9:05   SEOSAT-Ingenio being hoisted into the Vega launch tower

Ahead of its liftoff, scheduled on Tuesday 17 November 2020 at 02:52 CET (16 November 22:52 local time in Kourou), the SEOSAT-Ingenio satellite sealed in the rocket fairing has been hoisted into the Vega launch tower at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Sentinel data enables new system for agricultural monitoring in Poland

12.11.2020 14:00  

Data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites are enabling the national monitoring of agricultural activity in Poland – a colossal task that will support the efforts of key national agencies to assess a country’s cropland, productivity, and food security, as well as the implementation of the EU Common Agricultural Policy in years to come.

Coastal observations boosted by new reference satellite

12.11.2020 10:15   Copernicus Sentinel-6 over the Maldives

As global temperatures continue to rise, coastal areas will increasingly bear the brunt of storm surges and more frequent, intense weather events. Sea level is rising at 3.6 centimetres per decade and this trend is accelerating, compounding the threats faced by coastal communities: with every centimetre another three million people are put at risk of annual coastal flooding. Scheduled to be launched on 21 November, the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is set to continue the long-term record of sea-level measurements that are needed for protect our coasts.

Copernicus Sentinel-6 ready for launch

11.11.2020 14:00   Video: 00:03:00

Final preparations are underway in California for the launch of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, a joint European and US satellite designed to take precise measurements of sea-level change. The satellite forms part of the European Union’s Copernicus Earth Observation programme and will employ a radar altimeter to map sea-surface topography. The satellite will provide fundamental data for climate science and policymaking, helping to protect the 600 million people who live in vulnerable coastal areas. It will also deliver near-realtime information for marine and weather forecasts.

The mission is a collaboration between ESA, the European Commission, EUMETSAT, NASA and NOAA, with support from the French space agency CNES. Scheduled for launch on 21 November on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast, the satellite is named Michael Freilich after NASA’s former Director of Earth Science.

A-roll contains clean room images from Vandenberg and new interviews. B-roll includes clean room, nearby coast and soundbites in English, French and German.

Giant berg on collision course with South Georgia

10.11.2020 14:12   Giant berg on collision course with South Georgia Image: Giant berg on collision course with South Georgia

SEOSAT-Ingenio sealed from view

10.11.2020 10:30   SEOSAT-Ingenio fairing closure

As preparations for the launch of SEOSAT-Ingenio continue on schedule, the team at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou have bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed inside the rocket fairing over the weekend. The spacecraft is currently scheduled to launch on the evening of Monday 16 November/morning of Tuesday 17 November.

SEOSAT-Ingenio sealed from view

10.11.2020 10:30   SEOSAT-Ingenio fairing closure

As preparations for the launch of SEOSAT-Ingenio continue on schedule, the team at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou have bid farewell to the satellite as it was sealed inside the rocket fairing. The spacecraft is currently scheduled to launch on the evening of Monday 16 November/morning of Tuesday 17 November.

Detecting pollution from individual ships from space

9.11.2020 9:15   Nitrogen dioxide emissions over the Mediterranean

For the first time, scientists, using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, are now able to detect nitrogen dioxide plumes from individual ships from space.

Copernicus Sentinel-6 sealed in rocket fairing

6.11.2020 11:20   Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ready for encapsulation

As preparations for the launch of Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich continue, the team at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has bid farewell to the satellite as it is sealed from view within the two half-shells of its Falcon 9 rocket fairing. Liftoff is now set for 21 November at 17:17 GMT (18:17 CET; 09:17 PST).

Crete, Greece

6.11.2020 10:00   Greece’s largest and most populous island, Crete, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission. Image: Greece’s largest and most populous island, Crete, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission.

Earth from Space: Crete

6.11.2020 10:00   Video: 00:04:26

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over Crete, Greece’s largest and most populous island.
See also Crete, Greece to download the image.

Elévation du niveau de la mer et Copernicus Sentinel-6

3.11.2020 17:00   Video: 00:01:10

En amont du lancement imminent du satellite Copernicus EU Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, rejoignez nos experts pour une discussion en direct à propos de la technologie spatiale qui mesure l’élévation du niveau de la mer et de la manière dont elle contribue à notre compréhension du changement climatique à l’échelle mondiale. Non seulement le niveau de la mer s’élève ces dernières années, mais il s’élève à un rythme qui s‘accélère, mettant en danger les communautés côtières et de nombreuses mégalopoles. Cette discussion, 3 novembre 16:00 CET, sera modérée par Yves-Louis Desnos de l’ESA, avec à ses côtés Marie-Hélène Rio, scientifique des applications océaniques à l’ESA, Benoit Meyssignac, scientifique spécialiste des océans et du climat au CNES et au LEGOS, Marion Semblat, présidente de l’association Time for the Ocean, Jean-Christophe Gros, responsable de programme, European Commission, et Estelle Obligis, responsable des applications marines à EUMETSAT.

Germany land motion mapped

3.11.2020 14:00   Surface deformation across Germany

Tiny shifts in the land surface across the whole of Germany have been mapped for the first time, with the help of the Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar mission.

ESA awards contract to Airbus UK for TRUTHS predevelopment

3.11.2020 11:00   TRUTHS

ESA and Airbus UK have signed a contract for the TRUTHS satellite mission. Under the contract, Airbus UK will lead the ‘system feasibility and predevelopment’ phase of this new mission. When launched this new mission will establish a climate and calibration observing system to improve confidence in climate-change forecasts.

Sea-level rise and Copernicus Sentinel-6

2.11.2020 17:00   Video: 00:01:00

Ahead of the impending launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, join us for live discussions in English, French, German and Italian on the spaceborne technology that measures sea-level rise and how this contributes to our understanding of global climate change. Sea levels have not only been rising over the last years, but accelerating, putting coastal communities and multiple megacities at risk. Sentinel-6 will soon be launched to map, measure and monitor exactly this, so we can understand and mitigate its consequences.

Director, Writer & Producer: Marc Bauder

Production: bauderfilm in coproduction with Hessischen Rundfunk, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Südwestrundfunk und arte sowie Hanfgarn& Ufer

Protagonists: Alexander Gerst, Dennis Snower, Matthieu Ricard, Sylvia Earle, Felwine Sarr, Janina Loh

Distributor: X Verleih, Berlin

Sea-level rise and Copernicus Sentinel-6

2.11.2020 17:00   Video: 01:02:31

Ahead of the impending launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, join us for live discussions in English, French, German and Italian on the spaceborne technology that measures sea-level rise and how this contributes to our understanding of global climate change. Sea levels have not only been rising over the last years, but accelerating, putting coastal communities and multiple megacities at risk. Sentinel-6 will soon be launched to map, measure and monitor exactly this, so we can understand and mitigate its consequences.

"Starman" - A documentary by Gianluca Cerasola, Morol Srl
"Who we were" - Director, Writer & Producer: Marc Bauder
Production: bauderfilm in coproduction with Hessischen Rundfunk, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Südwestrundfunk und arte sowie Hanfgarn& Ufer
Protagonists: Alexander Gerst, Dennis Snower, Matthieu Ricard, Sylvia Earle, Felwine Sarr, Janina Loh
Distributor: X Verleih, Berlin

Replay: discussing sea-level rise and Sentinel-6

2.11.2020 17:00   Video: 01:02:31

Ahead of the impending launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, join us for live discussions in English, French, German and Italian on the spaceborne technology that measures sea-level rise and how this contributes to our understanding of global climate change. Sea levels have not only been rising over the last years, but accelerating, putting coastal communities and multiple megacities at risk. Sentinel-6 will soon be launched to map, measure and monitor exactly this, so we can understand and mitigate its consequences.

"Starman" - A documentary by Gianluca Cerasola, Morol Srl
"Who we were" - Director, Writer & Producer: Marc Bauder
Production: bauderfilm in coproduction with Hessischen Rundfunk, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Südwestrundfunk und arte sowie Hanfgarn& Ufer
Protagonists: Alexander Gerst, Dennis Snower, Matthieu Ricard, Sylvia Earle, Felwine Sarr, Janina Loh
Distributor: X Verleih, Berlin

Follow live discussions: Sea-level rise and Sentinel-6

2.11.2020 10:45   Copernicus Sentinel-6 over Northern Europe

Ahead of the impending launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, join us for a live discussion on the spaceborne technology that measures sea-level rise and how this contributes to our understanding of global climate change.

Breaking the ice at European Polar Science Week

30.10.2020 17:33   Breaking the ice at European Polar Science Week

The polar regions have experienced the most rapid rates of warming in recent years. Expected consequences due to this warming include the loss of sea ice, threats to wildlife, increased emissions and extreme weather. In response to this, ESA and the European Commission have come together to organise the first-ever European Polar Science Week dedicated to discussing how Earth observation can be utilised to monitor and protect this fragile environment.

Gateway to Hell: Batagaika Crater

30.10.2020 15:30   For this year’s Halloween, we bring you an image from space of Siberia’s Batagaika Crater – dubbed the Gateway to Hell. Image: For this year’s Halloween, we bring you an image from space of Siberia’s Batagaika Crater – dubbed the Gateway to Hell.

Earth from Space: Republic of Maldives

30.10.2020 10:05   Video: 00:03:45

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, all 1200 islands that make up the Republic of Maldives are featured in a spectacular image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission.

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Republic of Maldives

30.10.2020 10:00   All 1200 islands that make up the Republic of Maldives are featured in this spectacular image captured by Copernicus Sentinel-3. Image: All 1200 islands that make up the Republic of Maldives are featured in this spectacular image captured by Copernicus Sentinel-3.

Copernicus Sentinel-6 measuring sea-levels using radar altimetry

30.10.2020 10:00   Video: 00:06:00

This November the newest member of the EU’s Copernicus programme, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, will take to the heavens from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite is named after NASA’s former Director of Earth Observation and is a radar altimetry mission to monitor sea-level rise, wave-height and windspeed.

The mission is a collaboration between ESA, the European Commission, EUMETSAT, NASA and NOAA, with support from the French space agency CNES. It will continue a three-decade-long time-series of radar altimetry missions that started with the Topex-Poseidon mission and was then followed by the Jason missions.

Copernicus Sentinel-6 measuring sea levels using radar altimetry

30.10.2020 10:00   Video: 00:06:00

This November the newest member of the EU’s Copernicus programme, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, will take to the heavens from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite is named after NASA’s former Director of Earth Observation and is a radar altimetry mission to monitor sea level rise, wave-height and windspeed.

The mission is a collaboration between ESA, the European Commission, EUMETSAT, NASA and NOAA, with support from the French space agency CNES. It will continue a three-decade-long time-series of radar altimetry missions that started with the Topex-Poseidon mission and was then followed by the Jason missions.

Spinning and moving Sentinel-6 prior to fuelling

29.10.2020 14:40   Video: 00:02:05

In preparation for liftoff on 10 November, the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite has been fuelled. The video shows the satellite being spun around on its frame and then moved out of the cleanroom. The satellite was subsequently fuelled. Everything went very smoothly, with the team completing this somewhat hazardous task in just one day. The fuelling team followed up to check that there were no leaks and then sealed the fill and drain valves.

The next task is to join the satellite to the launch adapter before it is finally encapsulated in the Falcon 9 rocket fairing. Liftoff from the Vandenberg Air Force base in California has been confirmed for 19:29:39 GMT (20:29:39 CET) on 10 November.

Once safely in orbit, Copernicus Sentinel-6 will continue the long-term record of reference sea-surface height measurements that were started in 1992 by the French–US Topex Poseidon satellite and then by the Jason series of satellite missions. The mission comprises two identical satellites launched five years apart. Firstly, Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launching in few weeks, and then Copernicus Sentinel-6B in 2025 to supply measurements until at least 2030.

Since sea-level rise is a key indicator of climate change, accurately monitoring the changing height of the sea surface over decades is essential for climate science, for policy-making and, ultimately, for protecting those in low-lying regions at risk.

The Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission is a true example of international cooperation. While Sentinel-6 is one of the European Union’s family of Copernicus missions, its implementation is the result of the unique collaboration between ESA, NASA, Eumetsat and NOAA, with contribution from the French space agency CNES.

Credits: NASA

Preparing for Sentinel-6's challenging early days

26.10.2020 13:20   Sentinel-6: charting sea level for Copernicus

Teams at ESA's mission control centre are getting ready to ensure a new Sentinel Earth Observation mission safely arrives in its correct orbit, from where it will map, measure and monitor rising sea levels after its launch on 10 November.

Ganges Delta

23.10.2020 10:00   The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes us over the Ganges Delta – the world’s largest river delta. Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes us over the Ganges Delta – the world’s largest river delta.

Earth from Space: Ganges Delta

23.10.2020 10:00   Video: 00:04:24

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, we explore the Ganges Delta – the world’s largest river delta - with Copernicus Sentinel-3.

See also Ganges Delta to download the image.

SEOSAT-Ingenio: fully loaded

22.10.2020 17:00   Transfer of SEOSAT-Ingenio from building S5C to S5A

Preparations are well on track for the upcoming launch of SEOSAT-Ingenio – the Spanish high-resolution land imaging mission – scheduled to launch from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana next month.

SEOSAT-Ingenio: fully loaded

22.10.2020 17:00   Fuelling of SEOSAT-Ingenio

Preparations are well on track for the upcoming launch of SEOSAT-Ingenio – the Spanish high-resolution land imaging mission – scheduled to launch from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana next month.

International Charter for disasters 20 years on

22.10.2020 14:49   International Charter celebrates 20th anniversary

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. Founded by ESA, France’s CNES French Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, the Charter has been activated 680 times (as of 19 October 2020) to help to respond to disasters in 126 countries, including the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Typhoon Haiyan in the South East Asia in 2013, and the explosion in Lebanon in 2020.

Space for climate

22.10.2020 11:30   Video: 00:01:16

The scientific evidence of global climate change is irrefutable. The consequences of a warming climate are far-reaching – affecting fresh water resources, global food production, sea level and triggering an increase in extreme-weather events.

In order to tackle climate change, scientists and governments need reliable data in order to understand how our planet is changing. ESA is a world-leader in Earth observation and remains dedicated to developing cutting-edge spaceborne technology to further understand the planet, improve daily lives, support effect policy-making for a more sustainable future, and benefit businesses and the economy.

Learn more about ESA’s role in understanding climate change here.

Space for climate

22.10.2020 11:30   Video: 00:01:16

The scientific evidence of global climate change is irrefutable. The consequences of a warming climate are far-reaching – affecting fresh water resources, global food production, sea level and triggering an increase in extreme-weather events.

In order to tackle climate change, scientists and governments need reliable data in order to understand how our planet is changing. ESA is a world-leader in Earth observation and remains dedicated to developing cutting-edge spaceborne technology to further understand the planet, improve daily lives, support effect policy-making for a more sustainable future, and benefit businesses and the economy.

Learn more about ESA’s role in understanding climate change here.

New website puts climate in your hands

21.10.2020 16:55   Climate from Space

Witness the changing planet through the eye of Earth-orbiting satellites with ‘Climate from Space,’ a new interactive website developed by ESA.

Antarctic ozone hole is one of the largest and deepest in recent years

19.10.2020 16:35   Ozone hole 2020

Measurements from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite show that this year’s ozone hole over the Antarctic is one of the largest and deepest in recent years. A detailed analyses from the German Aerospace Center indicates that the hole has now reached its maximum size.

Ramping up to launch sea-level charting satellite

19.10.2020 13:20   Copernicus Sentinel-6 over the Maldives

With less than a month to go before a SpaceX Falcon 9 takes Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich into orbit to chart sea-level rise, preparations are forging ahead at the launch site.

Earth from Space: Zeeland, Netherlands

16.10.2020 10:00   Video: 00:03:34

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Zeeland – the westernmost province in the Netherlands.

See also Zeeland, Netherlands to download the image.

Zeeland, Netherlands

16.10.2020 10:00   The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Zeeland – the westernmost province in the Netherlands. Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Zeeland – the westernmost province in the Netherlands.

Call for Media: Upcoming Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite to map Earth’s oceans

12.10.2020 14:00   Sentinel-6: charting sea level for Copernicus

Media representatives are invited to join an online press conference on Friday, 16 October, at 16:00 CEST (10:00 EDT) to discuss the November launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-6 ‘Michael Freilich’ ocean-monitoring satellite. Follow the briefing live on ESA Web TV.

Call for Media: Upcoming Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite to map Earth’s oceans

12.10.2020 14:00   Sentinel-6: charting sea level for Copernicus

Media representatives are invited to join an online press conference on Friday, 16 October, at 16:00 CEST (10:00 EDT) to discuss the November launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-6 ‘Michael Freilich’ ocean-monitoring satellite. Follow the briefing live on ESA Web TV.

Global lake warming trend threatens freshwater species

9.10.2020 14:33   Global lake warming trend threatens freshwater species

Holding over 80% of Earth’s surface freshwater, lakes support and sustain communities across the planet. A new study uses satellite data to underline the vulnerability of these inland water bodies to climate change and warns of serious future consequences for many freshwater species worldwide.

Earth from Space: Laguna San Rafael National Park, Chile

9.10.2020 10:00   Video: 00:03:49

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, we explore part of the Laguna San Rafael National Park, Chile, with Copernicus Sentinel-2.
See also Laguna San Rafael National Park, Chile to download the image.

Laguna San Rafael National Park, Chile

9.10.2020 10:00   Part of the Laguna San Rafael National Park, located on the Pacific coast of southern Chile, is pictured in this image captured by Copernicus Sentinel-2. Image: Part of the Laguna San Rafael National Park, located on the Pacific coast of southern Chile, is pictured in this image captured by Copernicus Sentinel-2.

ESA's Kiruna celebrates 30 years of space excellence

7.10.2020 14:00   Video: 00:13:37

September 2020 - ESA's Kiruna ground station in northern Sweden celebrates 30 years of space excellence. Near the top of the world, at a latitude of almost 68° north and sited 38 kilometres east of Kiruna town, the Kiruna ground station has been operational for 30 years. Ideally positioned to support polar-orbiting missions, the station is a crucial gateway for much of the data enabling us to study our planet's oceans, water and atmosphere, forecast weather and understand the rapid advance of climate change. With its two sophisticated antennas, it also supports some of ESA’s scientific missions such as Integral and Cluster. The station is part of ESA’s Estrack network linking all Agency missions to the ESOC mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

The Arctic: a delicate icy ecosystem

5.10.2020 10:00   Video: 00:08:21

The Arctic is one of the most rapidly changing regions in the world. Diminishing sea ice, thawing permafrost and melting glaciers are all direct effects of rising global temperatures – driven by human-made emissions. Learn more about how satellites flying 800 km above our heads can help us monitor and understand the changes occurring in this remote region.

New York City

2.10.2020 10:00   The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over New York City – the most populous city in the United States. Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over New York City – the most populous city in the United States.

Earth from Space: New York City

2.10.2020 10:00   Video: 00:03:22

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over New York City – the most populous city in the United States.

See also New York City to download the image.

Earth from Space: New York City

2.10.2020 10:00   Video: 00:03:22

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over New York City – the most populous city in the United States.
See also New York City to download the image.

Monitoring trucks and trade from space

1.10.2020 17:50   Monitoring trucks from space

Earlier this year, ESA launched a contest asking the general public to submit ideas on how Earth observation data can help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, one of the two  winning ideas is being officially released to the public via the ‘Rapid Action on COVID-19 with Earth Observation’ dashboard – a joint initiative from ESA and the European Commission. This citizen-contributed indicator involves an innovative solution for detecting and quantifying the number of trucks using imagery from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

Monitoring trucks and trade from space

1.10.2020 17:50   Monitoring trucks from space

Earlier this year, ESA launched a contest asking the general public to submit ideas on how Earth observation data can help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, one of the two  winning ideas is being officially released to the public via the ‘Rapid Action on COVID-19 with Earth Observation’ dashboard – a joint initiative from ESA and the European Commission. This citizen-contributed indicator involves an innovative solution for detecting and quantifying the number of trucks using imagery from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

Relive Φ-week 2020

1.10.2020 11:50   ESA’s Φ-week

Replay the livestream of ESA’s ɸ-week, which brought together leading scientists and entrepreneurs from all over the world to discuss and brainstorm scientific and technological opportunities brought by the concept of Digital Twin Earth.

Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich: preparing for launch

29.9.2020 14:00   Video: 00:03:10

A European satellite built to carry out precise measurements of sea level changes has arrived in California in preparation for launch. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite forms part of the European Union’s Copernicus Earth Observation programme and will employ radar to map sea surface topography. 

The mission will be used to monitor the height of the sea surface to understand long-term change. It will also measure wave height and wind speed. The satellite will provide fundamental data for climate science, policy-making and protecting the 600 million people who live in vulnerable coastal areas. 

Data are provided to Copernicus services in near-real time to improve marine and weather forecasts used by maritime and coastal communities.  

The mission is a collaboration between ESA, the European Commission, EUMETSAT, NASA and NOAA, with support from the French Space Agency CNES. 

It is named Michael Freilich after NASA’s former Director of Earth Science and is scheduled for launch on 10 November on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base. 

This A-roll contains Copernicus Sentinel-2 images of the Maldives, new in-orbit animations and clean-room footage from testing in Germany.

Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich: preparing for launch

29.9.2020 14:00   Video: 00:03:10

A European satellite built to carry out precise measurements of sea level changes has arrived in California in preparation for launch. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite forms part of the European Union’s Copernicus Earth Observation programme and will employ radar to map sea surface topography. 

The mission will be used to monitor the height of the sea surface to understand long-term change. It will also measure wave height and wind speed. The satellite will provide fundamental data for climate science, policy-making and protecting the 600 million people who live in vulnerable coastal areas. 

Data are provided to Copernicus services in near-real time to improve marine and weather forecasts used by maritime and coastal communities.  

The mission is a collaboration between ESA, the European Commission, EUMETSAT, NASA and NOAA, with support from the French Space Agency CNES. 

It is named Michael Freilich after NASA’s former Director of Earth Science and is scheduled for launch on 10 November on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base. 

This A-roll contains Copernicus Sentinel-2 images of the Maldives, new in-orbit animations and clean-room footage from testing in Germany.

Worsening rifts and fractures spotted at two of Antarctica’s most important glaciers

29.9.2020 11:25   Antarctica

Satellite imagery has revealed that two of the fastest-changing glaciers in Antarctica are fracturing and weakening faster than ever – the first step towards the glaciers disintegrating and causing sea levels to rise dramatically.

Digital Twin Earth, quantum computing and AI take centre stage at ESA’s Φ-week

28.9.2020 12:00   Digital Twin Earth

ESA’s 2020 Φ-week event kicked off this morning with a series of stimulating speeches on Digital Twin Earth, updates on Φ-sat-1, which was successfully launched into orbit earlier this month, and an exciting new initiative involving quantum computing.

Watch Φ-week live

28.9.2020 8:35   ESA’s Φ-week

At 09:30 today, ESA’s third edition of the Φ-week event will commence. Φ-week 2020 will be fully digital and will highlight innovation in Earth observation and showcase the latest achievements in Earth observation science, technology and applications.

Watch Φ-week live

28.9.2020 8:35   ESA’s Φ-week

At 09:30 today, ESA’s third edition of the Φ-week event will commence. Φ-week 2020 will be fully digital and will highlight innovation in Earth observation and showcase the latest achievements in Earth observation science, technology and applications.

Copernicus sea-level satellite arrives safely in California

25.9.2020 17:30   Touchdown: Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich arrives at the Vandenberg Air Force Base

The launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite – designed to measure the height of the ocean – is getting tantalisingly close. The satellite has now safely touched down at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California, where mission teams are busily preparing the satellite for its upcoming journey. 

Earth from Space: Tarawa, Kiribati

25.9.2020 10:00   Video: 00:03:27

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over the Tarawa Atoll in the Republic of Kiribati – a remote Pacific nation threatened by rising seas.

See also Tarawa, Kiribati to download the image.

Tarawa, Kiribati

25.9.2020 10:00   Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over the Tarawa Atoll in the Republic of Kiribati – a remote Pacific nation threatened by rising seas. Image: Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over the Tarawa Atoll in the Republic of Kiribati – a remote Pacific nation threatened by rising seas.

SEOSAT-Ingenio arrives in French Guiana

25.9.2020 9:30  

After leaving the Airbus premises in Madrid on 24 September, the Spanish high-resolution land imaging mission, known as SEOSAT-Ingenio, has arrived safely at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, where it will be prepared for launch later this year.

Our seas are capturing more carbon than expected

22.9.2020 11:15   Surface measurements reveal more carbon flowing into the oceans than expected

Earth’s oceans help to slow global warming by absorbing carbon from our atmosphere – but fully observing this crucial process in the upper ocean and lower atmosphere is difficult, as measurements are taken not where it occurs, the sea surface, but several metres below. New research uses data from ESA, NASA and NOAA satellites to rectify this, and finds that far more carbon is absorbed by the oceans than previously thought.

SEOSAT-Ingenio soon to be launched

22.9.2020 10:00   Video: 00:05:00

The Spanish high-resolution land imaging mission, known as SEOSAT-Ingenio, will soon be shipped from Airbus, in Madrid, to Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana - where it will be prepared for launch later this year on a Vega rocket. The Earth-observing satellite carries a state-of-the-art dual camera that can image Earth’s land with a resolution of 2.5 m. The mission will benefit society through numerous disciplines such as cartography, agriculture, forestry, urban development and water management.
With its capability to look sideways, it can access any point on Earth within three days, and will be used to help map natural disasters such as floods, wildfires and earthquakes – as well as help with one of humankind’s biggest challenges: understanding and responding to climate change. While SEOSAT–Ingenio is a Spanish national mission, it is the result of an international collaborative effort. The mission is funded by Spain’s Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, but developed by ESA in the context of the European Earth Observation Architecture.

Quifer app grabs top prize at 2020 Space App Camp

21.9.2020 17:30   Quifer app wins top prize at 2020 Space App Camp

An app that combines satellite data, big data and artificial intelligence in order to monitor the use of water resources has won the top prize at this year’s Space App Camp.

Plans underway for new polar ice and snow topography mission

21.9.2020 12:00   Copernicus Polar Ice and Snow Topography Altimeter (CRISTAL) mission

Monitoring the cryosphere is essential to fully assess, predict and adapt to climate variability and change. Given the importance of this fragile component of the Earth system, today ESA, along with Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space, have signed a contract to develop the Copernicus Polar Ice and Snow Topography Altimeter mission, known as CRISTAL.

US West Coast on fire

18.9.2020 18:05   Between smoke and hurricane

Over the past month, dozens of wildfires have burned vast swathes of land in California, Oregon and Washington State, killing more than 30 people and smothering the majority of the western United States in smoke. While photographs have circulated online showing the apocalyptic orange skies, satellites in orbit around Earth carry different instruments that can provide not only images, but a wealth of complementary information needed to monitor the blazes.

US West Coast on fire

18.9.2020 18:05   Between fire and hurricane

Over the past month, dozens of wildfires have burned vast swathes of land in California, Oregon and Washington State, killing more than 30 people and smothering the majority of the western United States in smoke. While photographs have circulated online showing the apocalyptic orange skies, satellites in orbit around Earth carry different instruments that can provide not only images, but a wealth of complementary information needed to monitor the blazes.

Air pollution in a post-COVID-19 world

18.9.2020 12:00   Nitrogen dioxide concentrations over Europe

Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental problems of our time. According to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), air pollution now accounts for one in eight deaths in Europe. Observations from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have been vital in tracking the evolution of air pollution, specifically nitrogen dioxide concentrations, across Europe.

Air pollution in a post-COVID-19 world

18.9.2020 12:00   Nitrogen dioxide concentrations over Europe

Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental problems of our time. According to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), air pollution now contributes to one in eight deaths in Europe. Observations from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have been vital in tracking the evolution of air pollution, specifically nitrogen dioxide concentrations, across Europe.

Earth from Space: Vatnajökull

18.9.2020 10:00   Video: 00:03:04

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Vatnajökull ice cap, in southeast Iceland.

See also Vatnajökull, Iceland to download the image.

Vatnajökull, Iceland

18.9.2020 10:00   The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Vatnajökull ice cap, in southeast Iceland. Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Vatnajökull ice cap, in southeast Iceland.

Medicane Ianos

18.9.2020 9:10   Copernicus Sentinel-3 captured this image of the Mediterranean hurricane, or ‘Medicane,’ crossing the Ionian Sea and approaching Greece yesterday 17 September. Image: Copernicus Sentinel-3 captured this image of the Mediterranean hurricane, or ‘Medicane,’ crossing the Ionian Sea and approaching Greece yesterday 17 September.

High-resolution methane emissions data for waste management

17.9.2020 11:00   Methane from landfill site in Argentina

Copernicus Sentinel-5P’s high revisit rate combined with GHGSat’s high-resolution commercial imagery can give landfill operators and regulators the information they need to reduce methane emissions from landfill sites.

Satellite data help climbers ascend Mount Everest

17.9.2020 9:40   Satellite data help climbers ascend Mount Everest Image: Satellite data help climbers ascend Mount Everest

Providing the facts to help Europe achieve 55%

16.9.2020 14:48   Industrial emissions of carbon dioxide fuel our warming climate

Today, at her State of the Union address before the European Parliament, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, proposed a new target of a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The current target is a 40% reduction. With such ambitious goals ahead for Europe, understanding how greenhouse gases end up in the atmosphere and the intricacies of the carbon cycle is essential – something that satellites observing Earth can help provide.

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