Arctic freeze slows down30 November 2016
Arctic freeze slows down30 November 2016 ESA’s CryoSat satellite has found that the Arctic has one of the lowest volumes of sea ice of any November, matching record lows in 2011 and 2012. Early winter growth of ice in the Arctic has been about 10% lower than usual.
Probing Greenland’s ice sheet for future satellites16 November 2016
Probing Greenland’s ice sheet for future satellites16 November 2016 With a helicopter the sole feature on the vast expanse of ice and her only way back to warmth and safety, polar scientist Anna Hogg must have thought, “What on Earth am I doing out here?” as she set to taking ice samples.
Deal signed for FLEX’s fluorescence finder07 November 2016
Deal signed for FLEX’s fluorescence finder07 November 2016 ESA has selected Italian company Leonardo to build the main instrument for the upcoming FLEX satellite to study the health of Earth’s vegetation.
Swarm reveals why satellites lose track28 October 2016
Swarm reveals why satellites lose track28 October 2016 Satellite engineers have been puzzling over why GPS navigation systems on low-orbiting satellites like ESA’s Swarm sometimes black out when they fly over the equator between Africa and South America. Thanks to Swarm, it appears ‘thunderstorms’ in the...
SMOS on speed14 October 2016
SMOS on speed14 October 2016 While ESA’s water mission was built to advance our understanding of Earth, it continues to show how well it’s suited to delivering information for numerous applications that improve everyday life. Taking this a step further, soil moisture data product...
Magnetic oceans and electric Earth03 October 2016
Magnetic oceans and electric Earth03 October 2016 Oceans might not be thought of as magnetic, but they make a tiny contribution to our planet’s protective magnetic shield. Remarkably, ESA’s Swarm satellites have not only measured this extremely faint field, but have also led to new discoveries about...