European Space Agency


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This global land-cover map was created using data from the Envisat mission for the 2010 epoch (2008–12). This is the most recent data product from the Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Land Cover team led by the Université catholique de Louvain, showing 22 different types of global land cover classes, plus 14 regional land cover classes. Source: ESA/CCI Land Cover/Université catholique de Louvain.This global land-cover map was created using data from the Envisat mission for the 2010 epoch (2008–12).This is the most recent data product from the Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Land Cover team led by the Université catholique de Louvain, showing 22 different types of global land cover classes, plus 14 regional land cover classes. Source: ESA/CCI Land Cover/Université catholique de Louvain.

Land Cover GIS Data from the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency has released land cover maps covering the 2000, 2005, and 2010 epochs.  Developed by ESA’s Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Land Cover team, the 300 meter resolution land cover datasets were developed from data gathered by the now defunct Envisat satellite and were developed to serve the climate modeling community. The […]

Spatial Analysis

Floating ice (light blue) and grounded ice (dark blue) in lakes of Alaska’s North Slope near Barrow, as seen by ESA’s ERS-2 satellite in 2011.

Satellites Show the Thinning of Alaskan Ice

In general, climate change is a term that refers to the significant transformations in global weather patterns over an extended period of time. It is now widely understood and accepted that the increased use of fossil fuels have been contributing to this for the last several decades. One of the […]

Spatial Analysis

Artistic view of the Proba-V satellite. Source: ESA.Artistic view of the Proba-V satellite. Source: ESA.

Tracking Global Vegetation with Micro-Satellite Proba-V

The ESA, also known as the European Space Agency, has managed to do a lot of amazing feats in the field of space technology. They have created the Proba-1 and Proba-2 satellites, and their latest microsatellite, the Proba-V, is currently undergoing testing before its launch into space. The Proba-V is […]

GIS Learning

Armchair Geography

Armchair Geography

Geospatial technology has allowed users the ability to travel the world without ever leaving home.  Users can explore the world, inside and out.  Last October, Google unveiled Google MapsGL which uses Google Maps and Web Graphics Library (WebGL), bring 3D graphics to web browsers.  Showcasing the advancement were sample 3D tours […]

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Envisat Satellite Malfunctioning

Envisat Satellite Malfunctioning

Envisat, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) earth observation satellite, has stopped functioning properly.  Communication with the satellite was lost on April 8th when data was unable to be retrieved as it passed over the ground control station in Kiruna, Sweden.  Efforts by members of the ESA mission control team have […]

Spatial Analysis

With the new CryoSatApp, elevation profiles are at your fingertips. Users can select the day and orbit from which they want to extract the data, and view Earth’s ice profile from that orbit. Credits: ACS/ESAWith the new CryoSatApp, elevation profiles are at your fingertips. Users can select the day and orbit from which they want to extract the data, and view Earth’s ice profile from that orbit. Credits: ACS/ESA

Ice Mapping App

The European Space Agency has released a new iOS app for accessing ice data from the ESA’s CryoSat mission.  Cryosat-2 was launched in April of last year to collect data to further understanding of the relationship between the world’s ice coverage and climate change.  Data collected from the satellite includes […]

GIS Data

CryoSat-2

CryoSat-2

CryoSat-2 is the satellite launched by the European Space Agency on April 8, 2010 to collect data in order to understand the relationship between the world’s ice layers and climate change.  The satellite collects data about ice thickness over both land and water to analyze the changes in polar ice […]