UNITAR Partners on Earth Observations, Stakeholder Engagement to Support SDG Implementation

To help realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has partnered with Radiant.Earth to undertake efforts to build capacity related to Earth observations data. UNITAR has also partnered with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) to strengthen stakeholder engagement in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

Through its Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), UNITAR and Radiant.Earth have partnered to further explore Earth observations data innovations related to disaster management, global health, climate change, sustainable water management and cultural heritage.

For more on this news story, please visit: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/unitar-partners-on-earth-observations-stakeholder-engagement-to-support-sdg-implementation/

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ISRO to Launch an Earth Observation Satellite and 30 Nano Satellites This Friday

Looks like the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is on a roll!

The space organisation has announced to launch Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger Nano satellites this Friday.

It is expected to launch the 712 kg observation satellite and the others into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

Weighing altogether about 243 kg, the co-passenger satellites comprise 29 Nano satellites from 14 countries namely, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and United States of America and one Nano satellite from India.

For more on this news story, please visit: http://www.thebetterindia.com/105731/isro-launch-30-nano-sats-earth-observation-satellite/ 

 

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SMOS Brings Mediterranean Salinity

SMOS Brings Mediterranean Salinity

ESA’s SMOS mission maps variations in soil moisture and salt in the surface waters of the open oceans. When the satellite was designed, it was not envisaged that it would be able to measure salinity in smaller seas like the Mediterranean, but SMOS has again surpassed expectations.

The satellite carries a microwave instrument to capture images of ‘brightness temperature’, which correspond to microwave radiation emitted from Earth’s surface and can be related to soil moisture and ocean salinity.

For more information, please visit: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/SMOS/SMOS_brings_Mediterranean_salinity_into_focus

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Satellites track Antarctic ice loss over decades

Satellites track Antarctic ice loss over decades

Over two decades of observations by five radar satellites show the acceleration of ice loss of 30 glaciers in Western Palmer Land in the southwest Antarctic Peninsula.

The study in Geophysical Research Letters combines over 24 years of radar data from satellites including ESA’s Envisat and ERS missions, as well as from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission.

Radar is particularly suited for monitoring polar regions that are prone to bad weather and long periods of darkness because it can collect information regardless of cloud cover, day or night.

For more information on this story, please visit: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Satellites_track_Antarctic_ice_loss_over_decades

 

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Negribreen on the move

Negribreen on the move

Rapid acceleration of an Arctic glacier over the past year has been detected by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites.

Sitting on Norway’s Spitsbergen island in the Svalbard archipelago, the Negribreen glacier has recently seen a surge in ice surface speed, increasing from 1 m to 13 m a day over the winter.

When a glacier ‘surges’ a large amount of ice flows to the end in an unusually short time. While the causes are not completely understood, they are believed to be linked to changes in the amount of heat or water in the lowest layers of the glaciers.

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When SWARM met Steve

When SWARM met Steve

Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so … it was called Steve.

ESA’s Swarm magnetic field mission has now also met Steve and is helping to understand the nature of this new-found feature.

For more information on this news story, please visit: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Swarm/When_Swarm_met_Steve

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Essential Maintenance

Essential Maintenance

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Essential Maintenance

Essential Maintenance

Please be advised that the SEDAS Portal essential maintenance downtime has been scheduled for 10:00 GMT Tuesday 28 February until 16:00 GMT Thursday 6 April 2017.

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Urban monitoring boosted by new

Urban monitoring boosted by new

A new processing tool has been developed to bundle information contained in large amounts of satellite data, paving the way for the wealth of Copernicus Sentinel satellite data to be more easily incorporated into online environment-monitoring services.

ESA’s online Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform (U-TEP) makes information from satellite data available for the non-expert user for urban environment monitoring.

To do this, it processes hundreds of terabytes of data gathered by Earth-observing satellites, and translates them into easy-to-use products for scientists, urban planners and decision-makers.

For more information on this news story, please visit: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Urban_monitoring_boosted_by_new_data_processor

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Pioneering Earth observation satellite retired by NASA

NASA has decommissioned a long-lived satellite launched in 2000 that demonstrated remote sensing and surveying instruments and techniques common in today’s orbiting Earth observatories.

The Earth Observing-1 spacecraft’s orbit has shifted away from its optimal perch, and the satellite does not carry enough propellant to correct its course, NASA said.

The satellite tested new Earth-imaging cameras after its launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on a Delta 2 rocket in November 2000, then the mission became a pioneer in spacecraft autonomy, sometimes making its own decisions about when to take images.

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