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Sentinel Success Stories

The European Union's Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites, together with the COSMO-SkyMed constellation, provided important data related to the 2017 Ischia earthquake.

On 17 February 2018, the Sentinel-2 mission reached the 5-day global revisit periodicity, thus fully exploiting the two satellite units of the constellation.

The Sentinel-1 satellites of Europe's Copernicus Programme are being used to quantify the surface deformation of the disaster area around the Hualien earthquake.

The Sentinel-3B satellite scheduled for launch this spring, will be flying 30 seconds apart from its twin, Sentinel-3A, during the commissioning phase. This temporary tandem arrangement is to obtain better cross-calibration between instruments, thus reducing uncertainties in the multi-satellite time series and ensuring an overall high data quality.

Observations by the Copernicus Sentinel satellites over Mount Agung in Bali, are helping scientists to monitor the ongoing eruption and identify any changes in magma pressure, possibly indicating whether a bigger eruption could occur.

Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme. This special edition celebrates two years of operating the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

Wave information is crucial for people working at sea, to be able to navigate and operate safely. A new product based on satellite altimeter data detailing ‘Significant Wave Height' now enables this.

Monitoring large, remote bodies of water is logistically challenging, time consuming and expensive. Responding quickly to events that pose a risk to human health has been almost impossible, given the size of some lakes and seas. An innovative satellite data service is now able to change things around.

Sentinel-1 focuses on floods

14 December 2017

Carrying advanced radar instruments, which can image Earth's surface regardless of the weather and darkness, the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission is bringing new insight into the aftermath of heavy rains and hurricanes.

The Copernicus Sentinel satellites have proven to be invaluable for various activations of the International Disasters Charter.

In October 2017, a series of wildfires broke out in northern California, killing many and burning thousands of acres of land. Satellite imagery and particular data processing techniques are being used to help map the extent of the damage.

Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme. This special edition celebrates three years of successful operations of the Copernicus Sentinel-1 constellation.

Between May and September this year, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated more than ever, with many users needing its rapid mapping products to help respond to a range of environmental disasters.

ESA's Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality, equipped with a suite of specialised laboratories and expert personnel, applied their expertise to help verify Sentinel-5P's air-monitoring instrument would perform as planned.

Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme. In this special edition, senior scientist at France's Collecte Localisation Satellites, Marie-Hélène Rio, joins the show to discuss how data on ocean surface currents by the Sentinel-3 satellite mission are used by people working at sea.

Nearly 100 young scientists from 30 countries recently gathered at the Szent István University in Hungary, to attend a training course on land applications using satellite data and tools.

Accurate characterisation of snow melting enables a better understanding of hydrological conditions. The Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites can be used to provide such information in a timely fashion. They help to improve maps that show which areas are susceptible to increased water run-off, therefore contributing to flood risk management.

The European Union's Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission is providing far more images than previous generations of synthetic aperture radar satellites, bringing many significant advantages. One of them is determining the difference between naturally-occurring and polluting oil on the ocean surface.

With its unique sensor and frequent revisit cycle, the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite can measure sea level in locations where not previously possible.

Identifying landslides rapidly and precisely enables a better understanding of landslide triggering conditions. The Copernicus Sentinel-1 and -2 missions can be used to provide such information in a timely fashion, and this can help improve maps that show which areas are susceptible to landslides, therefore contributing to risk management.

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