Swarm tracks elusive ocean magnetism10 April 2018
Swarm tracks elusive ocean magnetism10 April 2018 The magnetic field is arguably one of the most mysterious features of our planet. ESA’s Swarm mission is continually yielding more insight into how our protective shield is generated, how it behaves and how it is changing. Adding yet another string to...
Automated sea vehicles for monitoring the oceans22 March 2018
Automated sea vehicles for monitoring the oceans22 March 2018 A new company from ESA’s UK business incubator has developed an autonomous boat that is propelled by the waves and carries ocean sensors powered by solar energy.
ESA investigating detection of floating plastic litter from orbit19 March 2018 The millions of tonnes of plastic ending up in the oceans every year are a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from space, potentially charting its highest concentrations and understanding the gigan...
Voyaging for the Sentinels09 March 2018
Voyaging for the Sentinels09 March 2018 Two recent expeditions that took scientists 26 000 km across the Atlantic Ocean have returned critical information to make sure that the Copernicus Sentinel satellites are delivering accurate data about the state of our oceans.
Satellites paint a detailed picture of maritime activity18 January 2018
Satellites paint a detailed picture of maritime activity18 January 2018 ESA has helped coastal authorities to track up to 70% more ships and pick up nearly three times more ship positions via satellite than was possible before.
From satellites to the sea: VDES offers global link for ships10 January 2018 There are yawning gaps in our interconnected world: unable or unwilling to take up satellite communications, many smaller ships find themselves isolated on the high seas. ESA is part of an ambitious effort to upgrade an existing VHF system to provide...