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The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre releases new World Atlas to tackle land degradation and desertification

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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) published a new edition of its World Atlas of Desertification (WAD3) on 21 June 2018. The publication and related website show that population growth and changes in consumption patterns put unprecedented pressure on the planet's natural resources.

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GRID-Arendal was established in 1989 to support environmentally sustainable development by working with UN Environment and other partners. They communicate environmental knowledge that strengthens management capacity and motivates decision-makers to act. GRID-Arendal transforms environmental data into credible, science-based information products, delivered through innovative communication tools and capacity building services. 

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Read more about GRID-Arendal: http://www.grida.no/

<p><strong>Main Contact:</strong><br/> Valentin Vasilyevich Emelin<br/> Programme Leader, Environmental Crime Programme, and Senior Advisor to the Managing Director<br/> +47 995 12 229<br/> valentin.yemelin(at)grida.no

Copernicus

Copernicus is the European flagship programme for monitoring the Earth, using a combination of satellite and ground (in-situ) sensors. Next to the Space segment, encompassing the fleet of Sentinel satellites and a number of contributing missions, the programme includes six operational core services, managed by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW).

The Land Monitoring Core Service (LMCS) processes Earth Observation data in order to provide qualified added-value products and information about the land surface, while ensuring continuity and timely delivery to a broad range of users.

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Sentinel-5P delivers its first images of air pollution

One of the first images from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P mission shows nitrogen dioxide over Europe. Image: ESA.

Sentinel-5P is the latest satellite mission of the European Earth observation programme, Copernicus.

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New online resources for Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service

Sentinel-2A captured Lake Amadeus in Australia’s Northern Territory

The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) has published a number of new free online tutorials on how to use the information services provided by it.

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Open Forum formulates European perspective on disaster risk reduction

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The Government of Turkey hosted the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) Open Forum in Istanbul from 26 to 28 March 2017. EFDDR is Europe’s regional platform for disaster risk reduction and brings together multiple stakeholders across all sectors through its Open Forum meetings to discuss and advance on disaster risk reduction issues and to shape the implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework in Europe.

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New instrument for monitoring sea level change

ESA’s Earth observation satellite Sentinel-3A has on its board a new instrument measuring sea surface height and wave height.

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Measuring Earth’s Temperature

Sentinel-3A. Image: Courtesy of ESA

The Sentinel-3A, one of the most complete Copernicus missions, has advanced instruments to measure the temperature on oceans, land, ice and atmosphere. After going through testing and improvements since its launch on February 2016, it has released high quality information from the Ocean and Land Colour Instrument in October this year.

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UN-SPIDER present in the 20th anniversary celebration of the UN in Bonn

Juan Carlos Villagran of UN-SPIDER at the UN talks.
Minister Lersch-Mense of North Rhine Westphalia visiting the UN-SPIDER stand
Visitors of all ages stop by the stand
The United Nations commemorated its 20th anniversary since its establishment in Bonn, Germany in June 1996.  Taking into consideration the recent launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, the theme for this anniversary celebration was “Shaping a Sustainable Future”.    UN-SPIDER joined the festivities on 28 and 29 October 2016.
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Major of the City of Bonn hosting the Reception during the UN Day in Bonn.

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Mapping activated for earthquake in Italy

Night view of Italy. Image: NASA

The COPERNICUS Emergency Management Service Mapping was activated on 26 October 2016 due to a 5.4 earthquake affecting Italy's central region. Although there are no fatalities the tremor has left destruction and people sleeping on the street or improvised shelters, reported RT.

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