Explore key aspects of Earth’s climate via the following animations, which utilise global observations from satellites including ESA’s Earth Explorers and the Copernicus Sentinels. These long-term records are generated by the ESA Climate Change Initiative to strengthen scientific understanding of the climate system.

Short films

COP26 interviews


Further videos available to learn more about about ESA's Climate Change Initiative programme:

2016 GCOS Science Conference Global Climate Observation: the Road to the Future. Presention on the ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) - Exploiting satellite archives to respond to GCOS needs; Pascal LECOMTE (ESA). 2nd March 2016.

Space: The New View on Climate Change. Held at the Royal Society in London on 13 June 2014, the ‘Space: the new view on climate change’ event focused on climate change monitoring by satellites and the achievements of ESA’s Climate Change Initiative.

ESA Web TV. Earth from Space: Special edition. Satellites and Climate Change Part 1. (February 2014)


Access the source file for this CCI Biomass 2018 map: password Biomass2018! (expires 15/06/2021), which can be wrapped on a 3D sphere or converted to, for example, GLTF files for use in VR software.