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The operational modelling of ocean currents is used both by shipping and fisheries, as well as oil producers who install large platforms in this environment. The mapping of ocean floor topography is also an important input to the latter.

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Satellites stay current on ocean currents

04 May 2012

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Satellites offer a frequent overview of our entire planet - covered mostly by water - and provide valuable data to monitor and understand global ocean circulation. Understanding water currents at the ocean surface is important for many applications.

Ocean surface currents have long fascinated oceanographers as they work to understand the role of oceans in the Earth system and how they affect our climate.

Measurements of ocean surface currents are fundamental to a number of practical applications, such as marine search and rescue and emergency response, ship routing, anthropogenic and natural pollution and offshore renewable energy monitoring.

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