To the Arctic for CryoSat and beyond20 March 2017
To the Arctic for CryoSat and beyond20 March 2017 After the relative quiet of the long dark winter months, the Arctic will be a tad busier over the coming weeks as numerous researchers descend on this harsh, yet fragile environment. Their aim is not to disturb its beauty, but to join forces in an all...
Two radar eyes are better than one23 February 2017
Two radar eyes are better than one23 February 2017 A novel airborne experiment over the flat agricultural landscape of the Netherlands recently simulated, for the first time, images that could be taken by radar satellites orbiting in tandem.
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.
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...