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Sentinel Success Stories

With two sensors now in orbit, the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellites could monitor some parts of the world almost daily. This capability could be crucial in monitoring rapidly developing events such as biotic/abiotic stress on crops and provide accurate and timely information from farmers to policy-makers, to develop appropriate mitigation strategies.

Located in the western Alps, between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont regions, the Gran Paradiso National Park is home to the original surviving Alpine ibex, chamois, mountain hares, weasels, marmots, foxes and many bird species, such as white ptarmigans and eagles—monitoring its grasslands with satellite data is helping to preserve them.

During 2016, two Finnish friends, Joni Norppa and Lauri Häme founded the company Satellio Ltd and received funding from the Finnish government for a project to monitor forestry by utilising satellite images. Over the last few years, they became experts in handling satellite data very efficiently.

Launched in late November 2018 by the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and the Norwegian Space Centre (NSC), InSAR Norway is a service that aims to monitor and measure ground movements on a national scale, using Copernicus Sentinel-1 data.

Sentinel-2 is part of the family of EU-owned satellites, which are developed and operated in the context of Copernicus – the European Union's Earth Observation and Monitoring Programme.

Beginning in June 2017 in Indonesia and Malaysia, where development of palm oil plantations is a strong driver of tropical deforestation, the Starling service aims to provide a reliable and near real-time monitoring tool, in order to help companies all across the food supply chain to achieve their 'no deforestation' commitment.

Spring floods occur when snow melts over large areas in short time periods, often combined with rain-so-called rain-on-snow events that add water, further intensifying snow melt. As their name suggests, such floods typically occur in spring - except for a few weeks ago, when Southern Norway was struck with this phenomenon.

A team of experts from the French institutes IFREMER and CLS recently implemented a strategy with ESA, in order to acquire Sentinel-1 images over tropical cyclones, while developing an algorithm that enables the extraction of hurricane characteristics at a very high resolution from space. Information such as the ocean surface wind field provided at 1 km resolution could trigger perspectives for improving hurricane forecast information.

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites are being used by a Portuguese company, together with drones, to improve resource efficiency in agriculture and forestry by early detection of diseases and pests, providing data and tools for precision management of crops.

While world-class scientists are meeting in the Azores to discuss how satellites have revealed changes in the height of the sea, ice, inland bodies of water and more, the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite has new reasons to shine.

An innovative data analytics company in France is using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites to help track crude oil storage worldwide, bringing transparency to the energy markets.

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service has been using Sentinel-2 satellite images to help in the assessment of damage brought forth by a series of disasters that struck Guatemala and Colombia this spring.

Dry, warm weather has sparked wildfires over Siberia this spring. After a limited surge in April, the countryside has lit up majorly in May. But why is this happening and how can the Sentinel satellites help?

The European Union's Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites are supplying unprecedented views of Earth, mainly providing information for agricultural and forestry practices and helping to manage food security. But how are they making a difference to farmers in particular?

Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano has erupted again, causing an extensive explosion of sulphur dioxide and ash that could pose a risk to people's health and to aviation.

Observations derived from Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery show that wave stresses—which can be highly variable—are important external forces on sea ice within a few hundred kilometres of the ice edge.

Data from the Sentinel-1 and -5P satellites of the European Union's Copernicus programme are being used to better understand the mechanisms behind volcanic eruptions and landslides in Central Africa.

Active for decades, Kīlauea volcano - on Hawaii's Big Island - erupted on 4 May. The island also experienced a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the same day, forcing thousands to leave their homes.

On 17 July and 21 September 2016, two unprecedented giant ice avalanches of 70 or 80 million m3, respectively, rushed down from two adjacent glaciers in Tibet with speeds of up to 300 km/h, over slopes as low as a few degrees.

In this special edition, senior project scientist at Gamma Remote Sensing, Dr Maurizio Santoro, joins the show to discuss how his team estimates forest biomass from space.

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