Mapping our global human footprint12 June 2019
Mapping our global human footprint12 June 2019 The number of people flocking to cities in search of employment and better prospects is growing at an unprecedented rate. By 2050, the global population is estimated to reach nine billion, 70% of which will be living in urban areas. The World Settleme...
Antarctic glaciers named after satellites07 June 2019
Antarctic glaciers named after satellites07 June 2019 Dramatic changes in the shape of the Antarctic ice sheet have become emblematic of the climate crisis. And, in deference to the critical role that satellites play in measuring and monitoring Antarctic glaciology, seven areas of fast-flowing ice on the...
Snow grain size – it matters29 May 2019
Snow grain size – it matters29 May 2019 Most of us probably wouldn’t think of describing snow in terms of its grain size. However, grain size is fundamental to the amount of sunlight that snow reflects back into space – its albedo. With both snow and albedo part of the climate system, scien...
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Mapping habitats with Sentinel-2Data from Copernicus Sentinel-2 are being used to help generate intertidal habitat maps
Monitoring soil conditionsSentinel-2 satellites are currently being exploited to estimate soil organic carbon in croplands
Sentinels for biodiversityThe Copernicus Sentinels are proving to be a powerful tool in biodiversity conservation
The power of twoWith two sensors now in orbit, Copernicus Sentinel-3 added capability could be crucial in land monitoring
Monitoring spring floods - in autumnSentinel-1 radar capabilities were used to catch ‘off-season’ flooding events occurring in Southern Norway
Monitoring volcanic emissionsSentinel-5P detected volcanic emissions from the latest eruption of Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano
Sentinel toolboxesThree open source toolboxes provide tools for using data products from Sentinel-1, -2 and -3