Rare Sahara Snow

Rare Sahara Snow

On Jan. 8, 2018, the European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission captured rare snowfall in northwest Algeria, on the edge of the Sahara desert”only the third time in nearly 40 years that this part of the desert has seen snow.

Pre-Landslide Movements Found on Radar

Pre-Landslide Movements Found on Radar

On May 20, 2017, more than a million tons of dirt and rock buried part of California's Highway 1 along the Pacific coastline in the state's Big Sur region. In addition to cutting off the route, the landslide added some 12 acres of land to the shoreline.

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

The European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite collected an image of part of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia's northeast coast on April 1, 2017.

Monitoring Grasslands for Agricultural Subsidies

Monitoring Grasslands for Agricultural Subsidies

Grasslands cover approximately 37 percent of Earth's land surface when calculated with shrub-lands and savannas. In Western Europe, grasslands comprise 40 percent of agricultural land. And now European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel satellites are being used to detect and better evaluate management practices of grasslands in Estonia.

The Fertile Soils of Serbia

The Fertile Soils of Serbia

The European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite captured this image of the Vojvodina region of northern Serbia. The area lies in the southern part of a region previously covered by the Pannonian Sea from two million to 23 million years ago. Today, the land boasts a fertile soil, as evidenced by the many agricultural fields visible as geometric shapes.

Sentinel-2B Satellite Launch

Sentinel-2B Satellite Launch

The European Space Agency (ESA)-developed Sentinel-2B satellite was launched on March 7, 2017, doubling the coverage of high-resolution optical imaging in the Sentinel-2 mission for the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system.

Ötztal Alps in False-Color Beauty

Ötztal Alps in False-Color Beauty

The shadows across this image taken by the European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite image may play tricks on the human eye, making the valleys”the green areas”look like they stand higher than the light blue mountains. Sometimes rotating the image so the shadows fall in a different direction can fix this optical illusion.

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