ESA BR-289 Earth Explorers: Satellites to understand our changing Earth

25 June 2010

In response to issues raised by the scientific community, ESA’s series of Earth Explorers are designed to gather data on various aspects of the Earth system. These data are helping to fill gaps in our knowledge of how the planet functions.
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Earth Explorers focus on the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and Earth’s interior. While they gather data on specific areas of scientific interest, the overall emphasis is on learning more about the interactions between these components and how human activity is affecting natural Earth processes. Ultimately, they contribute to equipping decision-makers with the evidence required to take action to protect the environment and adapt to the effects of climate change.

This eight-page brochure provides an overview of the Earth Explorers currently in orbit and those under development.

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