FLEX takes on mutants25 August 2016
FLEX takes on mutants25 August 2016 Because a plant isn’t green doesn’t mean it can’t photosynthesise as well as its more usual counterpart, but when measured by satellites, these non-green varieties skew results on plant health. FLEX is different. Experiments using ‘mutants’ show that...
Focus on Gabon forests for Biomass03 March 2016
Focus on Gabon forests for Biomass03 March 2016 With deforestation accounting for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions, satellite observations have an important role to play in mapping this changing ecosystem. ESA is therefore going to great lengths to make sure a new sensor will live up to its promise.
Gabon on the radar22 July 2015
Gabon on the radar22 July 2015 Mapping forest biomass from space poses a huge technical challenge, but ESA is building a new satellite to do just that. To make sure its novel measuring technique is accurate over a wide range of forest types, scientists headed over to Gabon in Centr...
Revealing mountains hiding under ice29 April 2015
Revealing mountains hiding under ice29 April 2015 Results from a recent field campaign, which was organised to help investigate the potential of a new Earth observation mission concept, have provided a unique 3D glimpse of the peaks and troughs under the Mittelbergferner glacier in the Austrian Alps.
Ice venturers yield results for CryoSat18 March 2015
Ice venturers yield results for CryoSat18 March 2015 Trekking to the far reaches of the Arctic for the sole purpose of collecting snow and ice measurements may seem extreme, but it is thanks to these efforts that scientists will soon have even better satellite information at their fingertips to assess c...
Plant power from above03 February 2015
Plant power from above03 February 2015 Field experiments have shown how ESA’s potential FLEX mission could identify vegetation that is suffering degrees of stress invisible to the naked eye.