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ESA selects Astrium to build Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite

28 November 2012

Furthering Europe’s capacity to monitor atmospheric pollution, ESA has awarded a contract worth €45.5 million to Astrium UK to act as prime contractor for the Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite system.

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Satellites keep an eye on Dutch dikes

23 October 2012

In the Netherlands, local authorities are looking to satellite observations as a promising option for dike monitoring and to protect against dike failures.

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GMES for Europe

12 October 2012

The potential of GMES for crisis management and environmental monitoring is highlighted in a new publication with users demonstrating the importance of Earth observation data to European regions.

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Insurance industry adopts Earth observation for assessing floods

03 October 2012

The use of data from Earth-observing satellites in the insurance business is still in the early stages, but pressure to be ready for more frequent extreme-weather events is increasing.

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Landslide mapping in the Swiss Alps

26 September 2012

Archived radar data from the Envisat mission are playing an important role in mapping landslides in Switzerland. The mission's vast archives continue to prove useful for mapping ground deformation.

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Radar altimetry gains altitude in Venice

24 September 2012

Scientists have gathered in the 'floating city' this week to talk about radar altimetry - measuring the heights of the global sea surface, freshwater bodies, land and ice using spaceborne sensors.

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New study maps Himalayan glacier behaviour

23 August 2012

Glaciers are one of the largest reservoirs of freshwater on our planet, and their melting or growing is one of the best indicators of climate change. However, knowledge of glacier change has been hampered by lack of data, especially for understanding regional behaviour.

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A glimpse of future GMES Sentinel-1 radar images

02 August 2012

A new campaign marks an important step in preparing for how data from the Sentinel-1 European Radar Observatory will be used for applications such as land-cover mapping and crop management. Sentinel-1 is the first of the five missions that ESA is developing for the GMES initiative.

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Dynamics of the magma chamber beneath the slow-spreading Erta Ale Ridge using InSAR technique

19 July 2012

In November 2008, an eruption occurred in the Alu-Dalafilla volcanic centre that lies 30 km north of the lava lake, the eruption started on 3 November and eruptive activity peaked over a few hours and then waned exponentially until stopping on the night of 6 November 2008.

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Satellites protect wetland areas

18 July 2012

Wetlands are havens of biodiversity, and have important ecological, hydrological and economic value, but their misuse can have devastating consequences. Satellite data are being used for wetland conservation and management.

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