Satellites track variations in Antarctica’s glacial retreat12 December 2016
Satellites track variations in Antarctica’s glacial retreat12 December 2016 Five satellites spanning two decades have revealed variations in the timing and pace of glacial retreat in West Antarctica. Some glaciers’ thinning spreads up to three times faster than on neighbouring tributaries, and was offset by decades.
Sharing Earth observation satellite data to help understand our planet01 December 2016 Since the launch of the first Earth-observing satellites in the 1970s, numerous missions from international space organisations have taken to the sky. Today, decades of data are helping scientists to build a better picture of changes to our planet.
Methane and carbon dioxide on the rise13 May 2016
Methane and carbon dioxide on the rise13 May 2016 Satellite readings show that atmospheric methane and carbon dioxide are continuing to increase despite global efforts to reduce emissions.
Antarctic ice safety band at risk08 February 2016
Antarctic ice safety band at risk08 February 2016 Antarctica is surrounded by huge ice shelves. New research, using ice velocity data from satellites such as ESA’s heritage Envisat, has revealed that there is a critical point where these shelves act as a safety band, holding back the ice that flows t...
On solid ground03 December 2014
On solid ground03 December 2014 Lovers of architecture and history can rest easy: the stability of historical buildings can now be monitored in real time by a new technique with its roots in space.
Timing carbon turnover03 December 2014
Timing carbon turnover03 December 2014 Scientists are using satellite data to improve understanding of the time it takes for a carbon atom fixed in a plant by photosynthesis to return into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide – known as ‘carbon turnover’.