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2019
This satellite photo taken by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission 9 June 2019 shows a swirl of sea ice off the east coast of Greenland.  (Image: ESA)
16 JUL

New study underlines sea level rise in the Arctic ocean

Sea levels in the Arctic oceans have risen an average of 2.2 millimeters per year over the last 22 years.This is the conclusion reached by a Danish-German research team...

Earth observation Satelittes Climate change
Photo: DTU Space
21 JUN

Climate change can alter Greenland drastically

If climate change continues unabated, all the ice in Greenland may melt away in the course of just a thousand years and will lead to significant changes in the environment...

Climate change Ice research Earth observation
Michael Schultz Rasmussen takes up his position as head of the new Geo-division i August 2019, he comes from a position as manager at COWI A/S. (Photo: DTU Space/COWI)
07 JUN

DTU Space appoints head of new Geo-division

Michael Schultz Rasmussen has been appointed Head of Division for the new Space Geodesy Division at DTU Space. He comes from a position as manager at COWI A/S.

Earth observation Satelittes Climate change Mapping and surveying Earth sciences
ASIM was launched in April 2018 and is mounted on The International Space Station (ISS) about 400 km above the Earth. (Photo: ESA)
09 APR

New knowledge about giant lightning bolts in space

Measurements from the large ASIM space project shows a firework of blue lightning and X-ray radiation above thunderclouds.

Earth observation Space technology and instruments
The ice cap is monitored via satellites combined with data from 57 GPS stations measuring directly on the bedrock in Greenland how much it rises when the ice on top of it melts away. In this way, the loss of ice is calculated very precisely.  Photo: Finn Bo Madsen.
22 JAN

Greenland ice melt accelerating dramatically

New study shows that the melt process reacts surprisingly quickly to changes in the atmosphere and the waters around Greenland.

Climate change Ice research Earth observation
2018
Photo: NASA
12 DEC

Measuring the world’s forests from space

NASA has now initiated a new space mission to measure Earth’s forests and other biomass with razor-sharp precision through the help of DTU Space.

Earth observation Space technology and instruments Climate change
Antarctica mapped by satellite images. The bedrock below West Antarctica is rising surprisingly fast new research published in Science shows. (Image: USGS, NASA, National Science Foundation, British Antarctic Survey).
21 JUN

The bedrock below West Antarctica is rising surprisingly fast

An international study published in Science and lead by DTU Space finds that the bedrock below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is rising surprisingly fast which reveals an...

Climate change Polar research Earth observation
Pine Island-gletsjeren er blandt de ismasser, der bidrager til den accelererende afsmeltning af is fra det vestlige Antarktis. Billedet er fra 2017, hvor et 1-2 km langt stykke is brækkede af gletsjeren - midten af billedet. (Foto: NASA)
13 JUN

Antarctica has suffered massive loss of ice since 1992

New research show that accelerating ice loss from Antarctica have increased sea levels by 7.6 mm since 1992. DTU Space has contributed to the study mapping 25 years of...

Ice research Climate change Earth observation
Photo: ESA/DTU Space
29 MAY

ASIM observatory captures first giant lightning

DTU scientists have analysed the first amazing images of a violent thunderstorm over the Earth captured by the ASIM observatory at the International Space Station...

Space research Space technology and instruments Earth observation
Illustration: NASA
18 MAY

DTU on high-precision climate mission in space

DTU is playing a major role in the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) climate mission which NASA is scheduled to send into space from California...

Climate change Earth observation Space technology and instruments
ASIM observatory now installed on space station and operating. Photo: ESA/P. Thomsen
20 APR

ASIM observatory now installed

DTU is looking forward to receiving data from the ASIM space observatory, which was installed on the International Space Station (ISS) last weekend.

Space research Space technology and instruments Earth observation
The Ulloriaq satellite. Photo: GomSpace
05 FEB

Unique Danish satellite in orbit around the Arctic

A new Danish satellite has been launched into space to test the monitoring of ships and aircraft in the Arctic region. This is a joint project between DTU, the Danish Ministry...

Satelittes Earth observation Space technology and instruments
2017
The FormoSat-5 satellite, showing the DTU Space star trackers at the top. Illustration: Formosat-5/Wikipedia
11 SEP

DTU equipment on board Taiwan’s first satellite in space

Taiwan has launched its first domestically designed satellite which will be used for Earth observation. DTU has supplied the three star trackers which are used to precisely...

Earth observation Satelittes
Nordlys fotograferet fra den Internationale Rumstation ISS. (Foto: ESA)
17 MAR

Solar outbursts trigger surprising phenomenon near Earth

New research from DTU and international partners shows that eruptions on the Sun’s surface not only send bursts of energetic particles into the Earth’s atmosphere...

Earth observation Space research Earth's magnetic field
2016
Zachariae Isbræ Northeast Greenland. Photo: Anders A Bjørk
21 SEP

The Greenland ice sheet has raised sea levels by over 4 metres

A new study in Science Advances has shown that the melting ice sheet is responsible for a much bigger rise in global sea levels than previously assumed.

Ice research Geology Climate change Mapping and surveying Polar research Earth observation
Odysseus_II_Winner_2016
02 AUG

Winners found in European youth space contest

Contestants from five European countries have won top honours at the 2016 international final of the EU’s Odysseus space science contest. A new round is coming up...

The Solar system Earth observation Space technology and instruments Satelittes
Ulloriaq
14 JUN

DTU assists Danish Ministry of Defence with satellite monitoring of the Arctic...

The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has signed an agreement to develop, deploy and test a new satellite...

Space research Satelittes Earth observation
2015
Kangiata Nunata Sermia in Southwest Greenland The image shows different lines that marks the extent of the ice at different points in  time. The upper trimline (transition) between the ligther and darker valley sides marks the extent of the glacier during the Little Ice Age, while the lower lines shows the extent at later points in time. The height of the trimline is derived from aerial imagery, and this information is used to calculate the mass loss of the Greenland Ice Sheet during the twentieth century. Credit: Nicolaj Krog Larsen, Aarhus Universitet
17 DEC

Dramatic reduction of the Greenland Ice Sheet in the 20th century

For the very first time, climate researchers from the Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, together with, among others, DTU Space publish in...

Ice research Climate change Mapping and surveying Polar research Satelittes Earth observation
Skytårne fotograferet af Andreas Mogensen fra ISS som del af Thor-projektet
02 NOV

Danish astronaut delivers superb results to DTU Space

Denmark can finally call itself a full member of the international space-faring community with the successful completion of Andreas Mogensen's mission to the Internation...

Earth observation
ESA picture of the Greenland ice sheet
11 MAY

Greenland Article the most read among IOP journals

A couple of weeks after publication of his article "Greenland ice sheet mass balance: a review" DTU Space researcher Abbas Khan, and his internation colleagues, had the...

Earth observation Climate change

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