Minimize Risk Mapping
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Identifying risks on land and in water can be a vital tool for prevention and for providing solutions. Satellites can provide invaluable views from a higher perspective, and help to analyse risks.

Sentinel-1's SAR mission supports urban deformation mapping.

Sentinel-3's SLSTR instrument will support Land Monitoring applications including Risk (i.e. Fire Location and Radiative Power), and Forestry (i.e. NDVI generation and Land Surface Temperature (LST)). More on Sentinel-3's Land Monitoring applications can be found here.

Minimize Thematic Results
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Sentinels warn of dangerous ice crack

16 February 2017

Following the appearance of a large crack in the ice shelf close to the Halley VI research station in Antarctica, information from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites helped to decide to close the base temporarily.

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Shaping next-generation scientists

29 September 2015

With the new Earth observation satellites carrying a range of technologies such as radar and multispectral imaging instruments for land, ocean and atmospheric monitoring, data are available for the next 20-30 years. However, this means little unless there are capable people handling them.

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ERS and Envisat multitemporal interferometric analysis to characterise land subsidence and uplift in Phoenix, Arizona

07 August 2015

In this study the team show the usefulness of InSAR for examining surface deformation due to groundwater withdrawal and recharge in Phoenix, Arizona. Multi-track ascending and descending ERS SAR datasets from 1992-1996 and Envisat ASAR, 2003-2010 are combined to obtain vertical and horizontal (east-west) displacement time series components.

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ESA App Camp brings satellite data to mobile devices

03 March 2015

Developers of apps that use satellite data to assist the agricultural industry took home the top two prizes at this year's ESA App Camp in Barcelona.

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Radar vision maps Napa Valley earthquake

02 September 2014

Sentinel-1A has added yet another string to its bow. Radar images from this fledgling satellite have been used to map the rupture caused by the biggest earthquake that has shaken northern California in 25 years.

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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 new ideas and concepts for mobile apps using satellite Earth observation data.

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Ten year-old Dragon gains new strength

30 May 2014

As ESA and China mark a decade of cooperation, imagery over China's Poyang lake is testament to the new Sentinel satellite's promise of continued radar data acquisition for a multitude of applications.

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Experts demonstrate versatility of Sentinel-1

08 May 2014

From climate change monitoring to supporting humanitarian aid and crisis situations, early data applications from the month-old Sentinel-1A satellite show how the radar mission's critical observations can be used to keep us and our planet safe.

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First radar vision for Copernicus

16 April 2014

Launched on 3 April, ESA's Sentinel-1A satellite has already delivered its first radar images of Earth. They offer a tantalising glimpse of the kind of operational imagery that this new mission will provide for Europe's ambitious Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

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Pine Island retreat on the radar

27 March 2014

Twenty years of radar coverage from ESA satellites have been used to measure the rapid thinning of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier - and it's losing more ice than previously thought.

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20 years of continuous SAR observations benefit landslide studies

24 March 2014

The SBAS-DInSAR technique has been applied to ERS, ENVISAT and Cosmo-Skymed data to analyse and model the Ivancich landslide, Assisi, Central Italy.

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Prepping for radar vision

18 March 2014

Sentinel-1A, Europe's first satellite for Copernicus, is almost ready for launch on 3 April. Meanwhile, ESA is showing how its advanced radar will map ice, monitor subsidence and much more.

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Envisat InSAR coseismic and post-seismic investigation of the 2008 Mw 6.3 Damxung earthquake, Tibet

26 February 2014

In this study the scientists use Envisast ASAR data to investigate coseismic and post-seismic surface deformation associated with the 2008 Mw 6.3 Damxung earthquake on the Tibetan Plateau.

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Combination of DInSAR and gravity meseaurements for the analysis of Etna volcano activity

06 December 2013

In this study the team combined time-dependent gravity and DinSAR ground deformation measurements demonstrating that are complementary to each other and their regular recording may disclose and clarify complex volcanic dynamics.

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Landmark navigation system wins Copernicus Masters award

06 November 2013

A navigation system for self-driving vehicles that uses satellite radar data has won the top prize in the European Earth-monitoring competition.

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Monitoring and managing Africa's water resources

31 October 2013

With water security being one of Africa's biggest challenges, ESA's TIGER initiative is using satellite observations to provide local authorities with the information they need to develop this vital resource.

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Intermittent Small Baseline Subset (ISBAS) method application over a coal mining area in the UK

17 October 2013

This research focus on the method termed here, the Intermittent Small Baseline Subset (ISBAS), which, compared with the Small Baseline Subset (SBAS) method, appears to improve results over natural, woodland and agricultural terrain.

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Envisat InSAR analysis of recent geophysical activity at Santorini volcano, Greece

16 October 2013

The Santorini caldera has been a source of numerous eruptions and tsunamis in the past with the most recent seismic sequence ending in 1950 .Since then, Santorini volcano was in a "quiet" phase, with insignificant deformation and limited seismic activity.

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Envisat ASAR data exploitation to show ground-water extraction influence on the 2011 Lorca earthquake (SE Spain)

18 September 2013

In this study the team use geodetic data to determine surface deformation associated with the Mw 5.1 earthquake that occurred in Lorca, southeast Spain, on 11 May 2011.

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InSAR analysis of the Zhongba earthquake sequence in the Tibetan Plateau

16 September 2013

In this study the team focuses on the Zhongba earthquake sequence, which occurred between 2004 and 2008 within the South Lunggar Rift in the southwest part of the Tibetan Plateau.

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