European Commission – Environment – Earth Observation

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  • Success Stories - Digging deep to help Europe's soil
    European scientists have been digging deep so they can better understand the multiple threats facing soil which include erosion, pollution, decline of biodiversity and urbanisation. The scientists want to come up with better preventive measures.... Read more »
  • Success Stories - Polar research warms up
    In northern Sweden, some 150km inside the Arctic Circle where winter temperatures can fall to -45c, it's thaw season. Futuris went to meet a group of biologists studying the basic mechanisms used by plants to survive in this challenging ecosystem.And the variety of colours of their flowers is one of... Read more »
  • Events - European Geosciences Union - 23-28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria
    The EGU General Assembly 2017 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts... Read more »
  • Success Stories - What's at the centre of the earth?
    New experiments that crush material between two diamonds to simulate the extraordinarily high temperatures and pressures found in the earth's interior are providing answers to the age-old questions of what our planet is made of, and where its ingredients came from.... Read more »
  • Success Stories - Monitoring sea pollution
    Marine pollution is one of the key issues affecting our future. Futuris looked at a prototype developed by European researchers in Sicily to detect and analyze possible pollutants in seawater, in real time.... Read more »
  • Success Stories - Arctic station network boosts climate change research
    EU-funded project INTERACT has built a network of Arctic research stations, allowing them to coordinate and share resources more efficiently. The network aims to boost the scope and quantity of research on the Arctic, which serves as a bellwether of global changes to climate, biodiversity and land use.... Read more »
  • Success Stories - A gas gives clues on the origins of the Earth
    Researchers supported by the ERC have sampled magmatic gases derived from the Earth's mantle in the Eifel region in Germany. Their analysis of xenon, a rare and inert gas, sampled in bubbling mineral water could bring new insights into the origin of volatile elements, water and gases, that allowed life... Read more »