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  • Is Europe already drying up?
    on March 31, 2023 at 8:55 am

    Europe has just endured its second warmest winter on record. Much of southern and western Europe has been affected by substantial anomalies of soil moisture owing to this exceptionally dry and warm winter. Data from ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission have been used to monitor the low levels of soil moisture across Europe.

  • Earth from Space: Pollino National Park, Italy
    on March 31, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Image: Part of southern Italy is featured in this wintery image, captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

  • ESA–EGU 2023 Excellence Award winners
    on March 28, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Honouring individual scientists and teams of scientists that have contributed to the innovative use of Earth observation data, ESA and the European Geosciences Union (EGU) are happy to announce the winners of this year’s prestigious Excellence Award.

  • Earth from Space: Monterrey, Mexico
    on March 24, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Image: This Copernicus Sentinel-2 image features the diverse landscape surrounding Monterrey, the capital of the northeast state of Nuevo León, Mexico.

  • Earth observation supports latest UN climate report
    on March 20, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    The final instalment of the sixth assessment report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been released today. The report warns that the planet has already warmed 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels, resulting in more frequent and intense extreme weather events that are causing increasingly dangerous impacts on nature and people in every region of the world. The report includes a greater contribution of Earth observation data than its previous iterations in providing the physical evidence of Earth’s changing climate system – from sea-level rise, growing greenhouse-gas emissions and melting sea ice.

  • Earth from Space: Okavango Delta, Botswana
    on March 17, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Image: Botswana’s Okavango Delta – the world’s largest inland delta – is featured in this multitemporal radar image, captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission.

  • Recovering forests regain a quarter of carbon lost from deforestation
    on March 15, 2023 at 4:00 pm
  • Carbon dioxide monitoring mission in development
    on March 14, 2023 at 10:00 am

    Video: 00:04:58 The pressure is on to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we pump into the atmosphere – but the race is also on to support the monitoring that shows if targets are being met. Being developed by ESA on behalf of the EU, the new Copernicus Anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide Monitoring mission, or CO2M for short, is destined to be Europe’s prime mission for monitoring and tracking carbon dioxide emissions from human activity. CO2M is currently planned as a two-satellite mission, each of which will carry a near-infrared and shortwave-infrared spectrometer to measure atmospheric carbon dioxide at high spatial resolution. Engineers at Thales SESO in France explain how the development of some of the mission’s precision measuring and optical components is going.

  • Earth from Space: Graham Coast, Antarctica
    on March 10, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Image: The icy landscape of Graham Coast, which lies on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula, is featured in this Copernicus Sentinel-2 image.

  • Using a data cube to monitor forest loss in the Amazon
    on March 7, 2023 at 12:00 pm