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2010 Earth Observation Handbook released

The 2010 edition of the Earth Observation Handbook – just released and available online – provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive overview of existing and upcoming satellite missions, their instruments and measurements of more than 30 space agencies worldwide.

Prepared under the auspices of ESA on behalf of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), the report features details of 267 Earth-observing satellite missions and 785 instruments that are currently operating or planned for launch in the next 15 years.

The handbook, researched and written by Symbios Spazio, is the cornerstone of CEOS’s efforts to coordinate the planning of these satellite programmes in order to minimise gaps and overlaps in global observations and to maximise data in order to address the most critical requirements needed to benefit society such as climate change information.

CEOS provides this information online to promote awareness of the capabilities and potential of Earth observation satellites. The handbook, and the electronic version known as the CEOS Missions, Instruments and Measurements (MIM) database, is always keenly anticipated by the space community for its insights into trends in remote-sensing programmes.

The full contents of the 2010 EO Handbook are available on-line at