ESA meets increasing demand for Earth observation data

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About 1000 scientists from around the world gathered in Montreux, Switzerland, for a five-day symposium held from 23 to 27 April 2007 to discuss, present and review their findings on the state of our world’s land, oceans, ice and atmosphere using data from ESA Earth observation satellites, in particular Envisat – the largest environmental satellite ever built.

Credits: ESA

Earth observation satellite data have never been in more demand than today as missions have demonstrated their ability to enable better understanding and improved management of the Earth and its environment.

ESA is meeting this demand by providing additional data, serving large science programmes, enlarging network stations and making more data available in near-real time.

Responding to calls from ESA’s Principal Investigators (PI), the agency has released some 20 Announcement of Opportunity (AO) calls over the last decade that allow access to Earth observation (EO) data from ESA’s ERS-1, ERS-2, Envisat, Earth Explorers and Third Party Missions.

As a result, more than 1500 scientific projects for research and applications development have been accepted and are receiving data free of charge.

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